Cancro Com Humor: “I want to bond with others.” (3/3)

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  Psssst: This is the last post of this story. We’ve posted a video and part 2 before this – take a look to find out more.   «Even though I’m only twenty-six years old and I had cancer when I was thirteen, it seems like five hundred years have gone by. Now things are so different. When I was sick, people didn’t say the word “cancer”. Never. I got so, so, so many visits and people never asked me directly about the cancer. No one used that word: “Your problem, that thing, your situation…”. I love the word “situation”. They asked me: “How is your situation?”. And I would say: “What…? My financial situation? My love situation? What do you mean…?”. But no. It was always about the cancer. Now people have less afraid of talking about it. I…

Cancro Com Humor: “We don’t die the first time.” (2/3)

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  After the video of Cancro Com Humor that we’ve just published, here goes a little bit more about its story through Marine’s eyes, voice and heart. She opened up in a very honest way about the project and her own personal journey – here you have more about our conversation. «This project was born from a very confused idea. I wanted to use humor in cancer. This was my idea. It wasn’t something specific because this is a creative project, that comes from the inside. It was created through my emotions and emotions are confused. So I started changing and growing up and the project changed with me. I wanted to create a workshop that I would help cancer patients to deal with tough situations of their daily lives through humor. Then I thought it was too risky. I…

The stories of Cancro Com Humor (1/3)

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  We never plan our conversations. We don’t even call them interviews because it’s not actually an interview. We sit comfortably, chat for a while (sometimes it’s much, much more than a while…) and let it happen. That is particularly true when it comes to this anygivenidea we’re now sharing. Obviously that our goal was to focus on the project, but we had nothing else in mind before we met Marine, the person behind a project called Cancro Com Humor. Cancro Com Humor means Cancer with Humor in portuguese. Through our long, relaxed and quite emotional conversation, she ended up telling stories after stories about the birth, growth and future of this project. We shared a bit on the video and we’ll be posting some more here on the blog and on social media (check out our Facebook and Instagram!). And here…

A Mercearia: “It’s my soul, after all.” (3/3)

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  Psssst: This is the last post of this story. We’ve posted a video and part 2 before this – take a look to find out more. «When we opened this shop, we also had our children in mind. We do this at home. We encourage them to develop their creativity, their imagination. To colour. To play with different objects. For example, with two little sticks, we can create a story. This shop can be the extension of our own home to allow them to have contact with the artistic world. This is a place where they will be with other children. They will be able to learn how to create different things and be with all kinds of people.»     «It’s this simple: we are happy just to be able to create more and more art. A Mercearia allows us to do what we really love….

A Mercearia: “You start wanting something more…” (2/3)

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  Fernando’s life was changed by a rock and not everyone can say that. We went ahead and captured the essence of his family project through this video. We’ve spent some time together, become friends and we want to give you a bit more of A Mercearia – Atelier Criativo (their shop/studio) than what can be seen in the video. «It all started when I learned carpentry. From there, I was open to learning a bit of everything. After surfing, I was sitting at the beach and, out of the blue, I carved a dolphin on a shale rock with a pocket-knife. Then I thought: “Hey, if I do this on a stone, I would do it easily on wood…”. For 8 or 9 years, I was only carving dolphins. And then a friend said: “You’re just making dolphins!? You have to make something else, dude! I’m going to…

The stories of A Mercearia – Atelier Criativo (1/3)

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  Mané and Fernando are an incredibly artistic couple. When we met them, there was love-at-first-sight an instant connection. Their outgoing personalities (they’re chatty, just like us), endless creativity and passion for what they do made us want to talk about their work to everyone we met. “Why not tell their story through video?”, we thought. It sounded perfect to us and, surprisingly, also to them. They welcomed us in their second house: their hidden shop/studio in the village of Paço de Arcos, Portugal. It has so many details that we couldn’t absorb it all at once. In fact, every time we step in we notice something new or different – the stylized toucan above a door, for instance. Their project is called A Mercearia – Atelier Criativo, which means The Grocery Store – Creative Studio in portuguese. It’s time to let Mané and Fernando speak for…