Happy Holidays, Glaedelig Jul, Feliz Navidad!!!

One of the Danish traditions for Xmas Season or Juletide is that you light the  Kalenderlys, Advent candle, every day from the 1st December until the 24th or Christmas Eve, as a countdown to Xmas celebrations.
May the light bring peace to the world.
I wish you Happy Holidays, Glaedelig Jul, Feliz Navidad!!!

Friland. Nature, architecture, creativity, a community in Denmark

Friland, is a community in Jutland, Denmark, where creativity is shown in every corner.
Friland Association was founded in 2002 with a small population that has expanded
 to 40 households with adults and children.  they define as "a town where people
 experiment with changing their lives differently, focusing on sustainable living,
debt and self-employment".

The community's main interests are: Sustainable construction, experimental methods
 in building and use of materials. Developing their own regulations. Debt-free values
 to avoid speculation and aim of financial freedom. Goals of zero waste, use of
renewable energies, recycling and reuse of resources.  Developing businesses to create
a living town. Diversity in all aspects of community building, culture sharing and care
for the land, owned by a fund managed by members of the association.

The guided tour I was invited to showed us the sections of the village, with creative
 architecture and gardens. Each one using different building techniques, developing
 sustainable applied design.  The same approach is used to gardens and potagers.
 In recent years, Restaurant Moment has designed and develop an organic vegetable
 garden and greenhouse, that provides with all ingredients for its menu, and is already
 serving to other businesses in the area.

Here is the reportage with some of the homes and gardens in Friland.


The making of a floral arrangement, the making off

This is the second part of The making of a floral arrangement.

This is the making off of gathering material, all foraged in the landscape surrounding the arts center which means they are really local flora.  I just pick them because of the color and shape and having in mind I wanted subtle but powerful statements in each of the creations.  I dedicated time to work with them, and was happy with the pieces and the final results.
I hope you enjoy it!

The making of a floral arrangement

In the past months I have been travelling and working in different cities. It has been an exciting start of new projects that will continue after a short break for some days of vacation.  I did not have much time for blogging, but part of the work involved shooting many photos and I am still working on organizing the archive and albums.  I will be posting about some of the projects in the next days.

The weeks I spent working in some project in an arts center near Antwerpen (Belgium), gave the opportunity to also experiment with new ideas about foraged flora and the new floral movement using wildflowers, locally and sustainably harvested. I had the chance to create some floral arrangements to be used in various vernissages, and I admit, I had great time!

Here are some of the arrangements in a spectacular scenery, a former butterflies house that is a perfect  luxurious but very neglected background that I loved photograph.
Next post will be about the making off and close ups of materials.

I hope you enjoy it!


London walks, Camley Street Natural Park

 A visit a to a fantastic piece of nature inside a city,
a wildlife reserve, The Camley Street Natural Park, in the surroundings
 of King's Cross green areas and besides Regent's Canal.

Just in the middle of one of the busiest developing parts of London houses a 
two acre nature reserve that was once a "coal drop" and after being left misused,
 nature played its part in overtaking the space. 

One of the points of interest is the Floating Forest Garden, a fantastic forest
 create on a barge by the Regent's Canal, a perfect example of men working 
along with nature.