Thursday, June 21, 2012

News Video of Sao Paulo Patchwork Design

The Patchwork Design show went to Sao Paulo this past weekend.  Here's a link to a news segment on the show.  Click here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf

Our last day in Rio was spent on a city tour.  The highlights were Corcovado Mountain with its monumental statue of Christ the Redeemer and the tram ride up Sugarloaf.  Corcovado is 2310 in elevation.  The concrete statue of Cristo Redentor is 125 feet high.  From the base of the statue, you have a 360 degree view of Rio.

View of Sugarloaf from Corcovado Mountain

The first tram at Sugarloaf takes you to Morro da Urca, at 722 feet elevation.

My only photo of a marmoset.  They move quickly.

From Morro da Urca you take a second tram to the top of Sugarloaf, elevation 1299 feet.  The views are spectacular.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Favela Tour

Monday I walked around Ipanema beach in the morning. It was nowhere near as crowded as on Sunday.

In the afternoon, Colleen and I went on a tour of the favelas.  These are poorer neighborhoods built semi-illegally on some of Rio's hillsides.  Most of the favelas are accessible by few roads.  Narrow walkways with lots of stairs provide the only access to most of the homes.  Many of the homes are built on top of one another.  Some residents purchase the right to live in the home, although they don't own the land the homes are built on.  Electricity is haphazzard, many times being tapped illegally from nearby sources. 

Most of the favela residents have jobs.  Several craftsmen had goods for sale along the side of the roads.

Water in this favela is piped down from the mountain and stored in individual tanks.

Inside the favelas are markets, shops, banks, clinics, and even McDonald's.

Toward evening, the beach emptied out.

Here's our hotel and gift shop in the evening light.

Another great day in Rio!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My Quilt on 100 Buses in Rio de Janeiro!

My quilt on a bus in Rio de Janeiro!

My quilt, Fracture, was on 100 buses in Rio de Janeiro last week!  Fracture won the Viewer's Choice award at last year's Patchwork Design show in Rio and Sao Paulo.  It was chosen for the promotional materials for this year's show.  So I have the banner on the show webpage, bookmarks and calendars. And 100 city buses in Rio!

Bonnie Bucknam
Photos by Mark Frey

Fracture, detail
Bonnie Bucknam
Calendar and bookmark for Patchwork Design 2012 featuring
Fracture by Bonnie Bucknam