Buenos Aires, Argentina. If the idea was born and was realized in a short time during the quarantine, the notebooks of the “Gozatu,” line have a complete history. A half Basque, half Argentine history. In fact, the illustrations on the covers are cities in Euskal Herria, –Hernani, Getaria, Biarritz, Bilbo… -- sketched in situ by Argentine artist, Iñaki Echeverria during his last trip to the Basque Country.
The notebooks of “Gozatu,” (Enjoy) are handmade, “the fruit of the desire of wanting to do something during the quarantine, and taking advantage of materials we had at home,” the illustrator explained, who decided to face confinement along with his wife, Veronica. They are stitched and bound by hand, measure 15 x 21 centimeters, and include 80 pages that can be plain, bullet journal, or lined.
Being so recent, for now the only way to communicate, or ask questions or purchase them is through Instagram @gozatu.dg. There you can choose among the different covers and types of paper, by price and shipping method.
Brand New Project with a Long History
The “Gozatu,” line was presented this week, although the relationship of illustrator Iñaki Echeverria, originally from Balcarce (Argentina) with the Basque Country, goes back to the cradle as we can deduce from his name. For example, his father was one of the founders of the Balcarce Basque Club and Iñaki himself also participated in the first edition of the Basque Government’s Gaztemundu Program
Currently, and while collaborating with the Argentine daily Pagina 12 contributed a daily chronicle from quarantine, from irony and from his character “Padre Abrumado,” Echeverria continues to have an eye on the landscapes of Euskal Herria. He is also working on an illustrated chronicle that includes his gaze (and trace) of cities, beaches, faces and Basque customs, sketches of which we saw in a prior article published by EuskalKultura.eus.