I’m not all-that connected to the U.S. ‘creative’ scene. Creativity is something i struggle with professionally and at home. I admire and respect people who are gifted—especially those folks who have enough creativity and drive to strike out on their own.
That is why Rompe Moldes impressed me so much. Dubbed a “crafts creation space” it’s a combination living area and artisan studio, and I’m sure the concept exists in America…I just don’t know where. It’s something that the local government had a hand in creating and it brings local artisans together into a supportive community. In the street level courtyard you’ll find artists working with a variety of mediums: paper, ceramics, and glass seemed to be the most popular.
Each artist has a medium-sized studio and shop that visitors can wander through—often right below where they live. As you move from one studio to the next, you’ll get a strong vibe of community. We saw shops left open by the owner, with neighbors looking in on tourists to answer questions while kids played on tricycles in the courtyard.
David, our @NotJustATourist friend, showed us this hidden gem and said this is a relatively new community whose housing is offset by the government. Getting an apartment and studio is a very competitive process, since this is only space (at least that he was aware of) in Spain like it.
You can find Rompe Moldes in the historic part of Seville. It’s worth a visit, especially if you are looking for a locally made, unique gift. Mr Os surprised me this necklace and matching earrings at Estudio Ciento 2. (If you’d like to check out their website the URL is: http://www.estudiociento2.com)