Santos | Gravurar House
Last Sunday I ventured out to true hidden gem here in Santos. Through the recommendation of a friend, I travelled out to the ‘Gravura House’ to visit their Christmas Market specializing in Xilogravoura printing. Read more.
When I arrived the place was buzzing with hip, crafty, alternative people, I was in my element, I felt like I had found a part of Santos which I was missing from home, mixing with likeminded arty people.
During my visit I was welcomed with open arms by the owner of the Gravurar House Márcia Santos. She was a wonderful host & gave me an insight into the house and how it works as a workshop, event space and gallery for young and upcoming Print Artist. I was also giving a quick tour around her beautiful building which she has lovingly restored revealing the original raw red brick (something which always reminds of England) with exposed metal pipes, creating a modern industrial vibe to the building, which feel perfectly in balance with the function of the house.
As you entered the building there was an original metal printing press and all around there were Xilogravura tools on display hanging from hooks and stacked on shelves, giving you a glimps into the the world of this beautiful Brazilian art form.
The market was filled with a talented group of Santista artists including Julian Campos, who I happened to come across the week before at another friends Christmas ceramic market. Julian has taken Xilogravura and made it his own, with distinctive designs based around for formation of twins, skeltons and keep sakes symbols to our memories such as a tooth, a key and small insects.
He has elevated his Xilogravura print art onto other medium including porcelain, canvas textiles which are hand embroidered with his designs as well as the traditional print form which are produced with his colour pallet of red, black and blue.
As well as Xilograurva there was many other artists showcasing their beautiful handmade craft art loving public of Santos.
Gorgeous earthy rustic ceramic expresso cups and saucers by the Brazilian artist Selma Fukai.
Rustic recycled wooden Christmas Trees by Mudo Reciclagem.
Plus many various Xilograura prints for local artists.
Street Grafetti outside Gravurar House Santos SP
If you would like to know more about Gravurar House or take part in one of the up coming courses contact Márcia Santtos here.