Quinta da Regaleira

When I was growing up I remember passing in front of Quinta da Regaleira and wonder about what was inside. From the outside walls there were hints of beautiful gardens and mysterious creatures. At that time the Palace was closed to the public and the first time I went in I was 15. I remember…

Mediterranean countryside :: Campo mediterrânico

There is quietness in the landscape while the sun warms the soil. Seen from far it looks like an idle place, and yet, as we walk through life starts popping up at each step we take. There are dozens of butterflies in the bushes surrounding the country paths and bees collecting pollen from wild flowers.…

Postcards from Summer :: Postais de Verão

Although it feels already like Autumn in Scotland, Portugal is still in Summer mood. My stay there went by very quickly and I am already missing the wonderful light, the warming streets, the family and the sunset over the sea. I have selected some lovely images from the beautiful city of Lisbon and its surroundings. I…

Babushkas :: Bonecas de Lenço

Lately I have created a few more brooches inspired by babushkas, a Russian figure representing women usually with a headscarf under their chin.  They also remind me of the traditional dressing of Portuguese women from the countryside in their colourful headscarves with floral motifs. When I make these characters I always try to get that…