Master in Documentary Film, Universitat
Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, from January to June 2004.
Costume design and Humanities at Escuela Superior de Diseno de Sabadell.
Isabel found out that though there are very
many abandoned buildings in Biella there are no real meeting places or
culture centres in Biella. Therefore Isabel has together with a group
of women called "Donne in Viaggio" organised a series of knitting
meetings in public places. The purpose of these meetings is to create
an opportunity for people to get together in an informal way and exchange
experiences. Her project was inspired by an artist group in London called
Cast - off, that a few years ago started meeting in different places in
the city to knit together. Their idea is that knitting alone can be quite
boring, but doing it together with other people makes it more fun and
a good reason to meet people you didn't know from before.
She has collaborated with Alejandro Vàsquez Salinas on a project
involving the train station in Biella. It's a film documentary project
that aims at exploring the passengers' thoughts and ideas about waiting.
In Spanish the words "wait for" and "hope for" are
expressed by one word: esperar. Isabel and Alejandro have interviewed
people waiting at the station, taped the conversations and photographed
the interviewees. They would also like to convert the anonymous waiting
room into a cosy living room by changing the furniture and hanging the
portraits of the interviewed people on the walls. Through this installation
people will have a chance to know more about others' personal notions
of waiting and hoping.
Isabel is also working with Will Kwan and the youth community "Casa
Blanca" in Zimone, outside Biella, to involve the young boys, of
whom many are foreigners, in the conversion of the old prison in Piazzo,
Biella, into a youth hostel.