#ineednature

Tapantí enero 16 (8)

#ineednature

You may have seen this hashtag if you follow my Instagram account, I use it every now and then but especially when it’s been a while since I got out properly. It’s as if I sometimes forget to make sure I do one of the things most important in my life. The older I get the more I realise (the more I get to know myself) what I need to feel good and the biggest thing for me is to regularly get out into nature, properly, not just a park. I need the forest, a proper hike, the ocean, a river. This is where I find my calm and inspiration, energy and smiles.

I’d like to think that this comes out in my creative practice, that I can somehow transform a little of that feeling through my art. I want to share the small wonders in the details or shed light on the patterns that are found everywhere. The cycles and repetitions but also the asymmetrical, perfect imperfect. Many times the things we see as imperfections are actually a clever solution to a problem or an obstacle or an adaptation to ever changing surroundings.

Luckily this country is full of nature and as long as I remember to make sure it happens, it’s not that difficult to escape into the wild every so often!

Here are some photos from Parque Nacional Tapantí that we visited on Sunday. I only had my phone and the light wasn’t great but you’ll  hopefully get the feel of it anyway 🙂

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Laughing at myself trying to pull off a “latina pose”…will have to work on that one 😉

New place, new context

It amazes me how good I am at forgetting just how challenging it can be to move to a new place and all of a sudden find yourself in a completely new and unfamiliar context…but here I am again hehe.

So every day is a learning process and a new adventure. Since I got here two weeks ago I have been trying to find out a bit more about how the handmade/contemporary design/jewellery scene works here and fortunately after some internet stalking I have already managed to find some really interesting places and people.

I was so lucky that the first person I got in touch with happened to be super nice and friendly! Her name is Daniella and she is a local jewellery designer/maker here in San José, Costa Rica. Her brand name is elha and you can find out more about her and her work here, she makes some really nice things and my personal favourites are her pieces with natural stones. Daniella has already helped me heaps both by answering my many questions and being so kind to take me to the wonderful workshop/studio/jewellery school where she works: Escuela Crisol.

Crisol is the house and work of Jordi Costa, he is from Spain but has lived in Costa Rica for almost 20 years and runs part of his beautiful house as an artistic jewellery school and studio space. I was so impressed by the main bench space with beautiful natural light and a fantastic view.

I really hope I can go back soon and it would be amazing to have this as a work space and even pick up some new techniques but first focus is getting back into business and try to find some local retailers.

Here is a snap shot from the main studio space at Escuela Crisol with students and Jordi busy at work:

Snapshot Escuela Crisol