I could not be MORE excited to welcome one of my most favorite and talented artists all the way from Madrid – Blanca Gomez! We featured Blanca’s work last year and I completely fell in love with her neat and graphic, colourful illustrations and the tiny retro characters that are central to them.
One of the big reasons I started this ‘A Day With’ feature was to get a glimpse into lives that we would never ordinarily see. Blanca sharing her life in Madrid, her home and workspace and the charming neighbourhood she lives in is a priceless experience. Also look out for Blanca’s adorable representative in her pictures – so clever! Thanks so much Blanca!
If any other artists and creatives out there are willing to share their day with us please email email@example.com.
Hi, my name’s Blanca, I am an illustrator and graphic designer who likes making small things with care, my website is called ‘cosas mínimas’ which means “tiny things” in Spanish, simple things inspire me and my work.
I live in a little apartment [that is also my studio] in Chamberi, a neighbourhood of Madrid. The neighbourhood I live in is lively, there is an school in front of my house, so I hear the kids playing in the morning. A lot of of old stores and antique shops have survived here, we also have a great market… Sometimes I think it’s like living in a village, but in the center of a big city.
Wake up time The alarm clock works [although it seems that it’s broken], but the tic-tac is so noisy and I’ve turned it off. Maybe this is the reason because I always wake up later than i should.
In the morning. I have my studio at home, so after a quick breakfast, I put a pair of warm socks and… I’m ready for work. I usually spend the morning checking emails and working on some commercial projects.
These are snow views from my window. It’s very unusual to see snow here, but this year this seems to have changed!
Lunch time. It’s time to go for a little walk in the neighborhood and to buy some food. In the market really near to my house is a beautiful food shop is also called Gómez! Here we call these old shops of food ‘ultramarinos’ which is similar to a convenience store/deli.
I buy some fresh bread and delicious prepared vegetables from the shop and return home to eat and work.
In the afternoon. I usually work on my shop in the afternoons: preparing new prints, replying to orders, working on the packaging… Today I pack up some orders.
My home is full of tiny art, some my own and a lot of other artists I admire.
In the evening. I go to the Post Office about three times a week. Today is one of those days. After that I meet some friends in a coffee shop.
At midnight. It’s time to sleep!
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org