Josep and his partner Magda chronicle their art practice on their blog, Cul de queixal. Magda and Josep are engaged in documenting and practicing Catalonia's basketry traditions, which are incredibly rich due to the great geographic and climatic diversity of the region, and perhaps also in part because of the cultural cohesion the Catalonians have maintained owing to having their own language.
Josep and Magda did several different techniques with us, including the 'tension trays', above, which also form the bases for traditional Catalonian work baskets; a 'nansa', below, which is a kind of fish trap; and a couple little binding techniques.
Josep and Magda also have a farm, where they grow olives for oil, and vegetables and such for their own table. I was amazed that they were able to take a month off in May to come to Canada for a visit, since a garden here -- and its weeds -- grow so quickly in May; and it was fascinating to hear about some of their farming practices and the different climate considerations that made that possible.