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Neus Hosta & David Ventura


In 1982, near Figueres, Navata (Alt Emporda) Neus Hosta and David Ventura created a world of fantasy: a workshop dedicated to the creation of cardboard figures and specialising in the making and restoration of Catalonia's popular traditional gegants (giants) and capgrossos (giant heads). David is a jeweller by profession and was a member of the puppet show theatre group Col·lectiu d'Animació de Barcelona until 1980, while Neus is a potter, trained at the Escola Massana in Barcelona and the Escola de Ceràmica de La Bisbal D'Empordà. Together, their talents create splendid figures.

It takes time and patience, hard work and skill. First, a clay sculpture is made to fashion the plaster mould which is the base of the cardboard figure. Then it is dried and painted. In the case of the giants, a very important part is finishing it off in a de fined style and creating its unique costume. To do this they have the help of a designer who fashions the clothes under their supervision.

The giants are built in parts: head, arms, hands... and then pieced together. Neus and David also make smaller reproductions of giants, as well as made-to-order figures to suit all needs.

In recent years the partners have offered courses which teach how to make a capgross and participants get to take home their own creations. You can find more information on their website.

1. Pot with brushes

to paint the finished mould.

2.Painter's palette

where all that colour comes from.

3. Pot of rabbit skin glue (primer)

to prepare the cardboard for painting. It is the same that painters use to condition the canvas before painting.

4. File, knife and sandpaper

to polish the figures.

5. Sander for cardboard and cardboard pieces - wet stone

, all used to make the moulds.

6. Carpenter's glue

(inthe can yellow) to join the different parts. It is used to join the parts together along with collagen, or rabbit skin glue. Staples are also used.

7. Flour, rabbit skin glue and copper sulphate

The magical mix to literally bring everything together. It is used to dampen the layers of cardboard that will give us the consistency we need. The sulphate prevents fungi and termites and is a natural preservative.

8. Stapler

to put the different parts together once they have been made. Once dry, the staples are removed.

9. Modelling tools

a collection of knives, chisels and molding tools.

10. Ball of clay

, the raw material!

11. Finished Capgross

what the fuss is all about.

12. Gypsum plaster

needed to make the moulds. Once dried they are covered with plaster for the final figure.

13. Plaster mould

with its cardboard copy alongside.

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