Egle Bazaraite researcher, architect and crafter based in Lisbon, Portugal


Could you tell me how you usually like to spend your Sundays? 

Probably my favorite way to spend Sundays is having no plans at all. Waking up and thinking - what will this day bring me? Do I feel like going for a walk on a beach, and then having long lunch sitting in a restaurant terrace, grilled fish, some wine, sunshine…? Or shall I go for an exhibition and then have afternoon coffee with someone I had been wishing to see the whole week?

Unfortunately Sunday for me is often just another day when I have to work on my dissertation, or go for a meeting to discuss projects in process. Sometimes I have to announce that Sunday is on Monday, or Tuesday, or any other day, and treat it as it is a day off.

But the coolest thing about Sunday is that people walk differently in the streets on that day, and it is difficult to resist this hypnotizing power to slow down.

While being an architect you're also interested in handicrafts. Could you say that this is your way of enjoying Sundays meaningfully? 

Handicrafts is something I try to pick up at every free moment. Before I used to knit even by the dinner table with friends, but then I realized it was rude and it didn’t allow me to actually engage in the conversation. So I stopped. Though I continue knitting when travelling: in trains and on planes and when waiting in the airports. And sometimes at the end of the day...

Doing some handicraft is actually making each moment feel like Sunday. It makes me turn inwards, disconnect from the world and connect to my inner capacity to produce physical objects, to create. It’s incredibly important as nowadays there is so much virtual activity with no tactile qualities - and I love touching.

Do you have any ideas for the upcoming Sunday?

I think I will work on my dissertation for few hours and then head to my friends' place for some Easter egg painting - I have to test new pigments and as I am spending a few days away from the city it will be good to catch up with them and “matar saudades” (“kill the longing”) as the locals say referring to being with someone you’ve been missing.

Photography: Egle Bazaraite @bazaraite (2,3,6,8), Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo @littleupsidedowncake (1,9), 
Filipe Raposo @filraposo (4), Daniel Duarte Pereira @danielduartep_ (5), Fernando P Ferreira @fernandopsf (7)