Madeira through the eyes of Ketta Linhares

Urban Sketchers - Madeira - Ketta Linhares
Place: Madeira
Photo: Ketta Linhares
Photo: Ketta Linhares

In memory of a visit from 20 years ago, going back to Madeira was an amazing rediscovery. The steep streets, the climbs and descents, the twists and turns that she remembers took on a new look for a sketcher and gave a new meaning to this destination.

The island, which is a small dot on the world map, became huge before the eyes of Ketta as she was drawing. She shared with the Ea the enchantment with the natural landscapes, with the cuisine that left a smile on her face, with the mystery that lies beyond the ocean and with the kindliness of the people who made her feel part of the Island.

She thought she had preserved the essentials in her notebooks, but, in the end, she found she had sketched all the reasons for coming back one day.

Funchal / Mercado dos Lavradores (Farmers’ Market)

Strelitzias / Birds of paradise


Ponta de São Lourenço

Câmara de Lobos 

Pico do Arieiro

Levada dos Balcões (Balcões Stream)

Porto Santo

Ponta da Calheta

Casa Museu Colombo / Columbus House Museum

Ketta Linhares 
She was born in Dili, capital of East Timor, and came to Portugal at the age of four.
After graduating in African Studies from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lisbon, she established the "Laloran” project, in which she offers hand-made sketchbooks made using traditional fabrics. As she puts it, she uses sketchbooks as if they were an experimental laboratory where the drawing and bits of "useless things" combine to build unique stories. Whenever the chance arises she collaborates in humanitarian and artistic projects.

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