MEDITERRANEAN GARDEN IN SANT POL DE MAR

Sant Pol Del Mar church garden

LIFE BEGINS THE DAY YOU START A GARDEN

Every garden, including the one in Sant Pol de Mar, is a unique creation with its own atmosphere and purpose. The principles and elements used in visual merchandising and in the garden design are very similar. It is a visual display, an escape into the mythological idea of paradise where the world is ruled by nature.

This spring I had a chance to visit a few gardens in the province of Catalunya, Spain. Below garden can be found in Sant Pol de Mar a small, dreamy fishing village with the scattered beaches and small boats. It is located on the coastline of Maresme, halfway between Barcelona city and Girona.

The charming, herbaceous Mediterranean garden is located on the top of the hill at the bottom of the facades of a Romanesque-style chapel which dates back to the XI century. The garden is a creation of an Italian family who lives at the top of the hill beside the historical chapel.

Sant Pol sea side benches
Sant Pol seaside benches (fot. Sparkymag)

 

An old chapel in Sant Pol, Spain
An old chapel in Sant Pol, Spain (fot. Sparkymag)

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra


Post created in collaboration with Sparky Magazine.

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ONE SWALLOW DOES NOT SUMMER MAKE

Lamp window display

‘EARLY SPRING’ WINDOW CONCEPT FEATURING LAMP AS A MERCHANDISING PRODUCT

Initially, I wanted to make the lamp with a white cotton, adding a bit of white feather here and there and paint the walls in a very fresh, sky blue colour. Unfortunately, I was directed a slightly different way, as the goal of the exercise was to work with a material without putting a pressure on it. Apparently, the white cotton was too easy and I had to work with something more challenging. The Pantone Colour of the S/S 2015 was Radiant Orchid, so the colour had to be used in my window.

INSPIRATION

There is the short time in the year when winter has not finished yet and spring has not started. The transition time when nature is dying and has yet to be reborn. This lamp window design references the cycle of life, with the idea that a lamp light is an important part of what makes a living space … like in a night garden.

early spring signsorchid crocusesSwallows feeding

THE MAKING PROCESS

The lamp is made out of textured wallpapers that are shaped into flower petals, swirling on the ground are encouraging new plants to show up and blossom. I was aware that the window at this stage looked a little bit dark for the spring season, the colours of the lamp reflect more on autumn and long dark evenings. It needed something uplifting, therefore I added the white swallow at the top left corner. All the symbols put together helped me to develop the story of a cycle of life in nature, with an idea, that everyday objects surrounding us can transform into something else as well.

Lamp window design, spring season by Walkowska Design
Lamp window design, spring season by Walkowska Design

Author: Walkowska Aleksandra

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THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONAL RETAIL

Bansky 'Trolley hunters'

Shopping is a modern version of hunting, why not turn it into a place of adventure and a positive challenge rather than a lonely planet …

By nature, we are hunter-gatherers we need to work together to fulfil each other’s roles in collecting the essentials to survive. Dopamine is responsible for the feeling we get when we find something we’re looking for or we [achieve] something we set out to accomplish, says Simon Sinek. The hormone is released every time we get closer to our goal. Our bodies feel satisfaction and keep us motivated, without the hormone we would become idle and waste away.

Traditional retail is in a crisis today and the ideas to improve the situation in the future looks sterile, lonely and isolated. If we are served by the robots we will become robots too.

Who will benefit from being looked after by a robot in a store, an app sending messages every time we pass a store or an idea of doing grocery shopping while sitting in a car seat?

The idea of Amazon Go shopping seems most efficient. It’s simple – in and out of a store – no queuing to pay for our shopping means we will have more spare time for ourselves at the end of the day. That’s a positive outcome.

Human contact is a very important part of the shopping experience as we all know it

It is the more personal conversation or a short witty chat with a person behind the counter I think rather than information provided about the product. My Iranian friend can talk to anyone standing beside him in the shop, perhaps it is a part of his culture to treat shopping as a social experience. As a regular customer at the fish counter in Dunnes Stores, I got a small discount which was offered to me by the stall owner – a robot or an app will never do that.

What do you think about the use of an advanced technology in retail in the nearest future? Do you like some of the new inventions?

What do you think about the use of an advanced technology in retail in the nearest future? Do you like the idea? 

Hunting in prehistoric art ‘Rock Art of the Tassili n’Ajjer

African market stall photographed by © Derek Speirs
African market stall photographed by © Derek Speirs
Temple Bar by Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
The market in Berlin by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by Greville Edwards
Food market in Barcelona by © Greville Edwards
Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
The market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
Temple Bar by Market in Dublin by © Greville Edwards
The market in Temple Bar, Dublin by © Greville Edwards

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

Featured image – Bansky ‘Trolly Hunters’

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NATURE THE GODDESS – WINTER

white frost on the trees in winter

WE MAY HAVE MANY GODS

But we should have one Goddess and it should be the nature. Inspiring and unique images full of shapes, scents, colours and sounds are like free gifts undervalued, invisible, unnecessary. Nature gives back what has received. It is either going to be a dull, destructed life, with no spirit and hope or the utopian version of it. Do take care of your Goddess, always where ever you are.

WINTER AND THE WHITE FROST

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

DUBLIN IN IT’S HOLINESS

Dublin in it's Holiness

THE GREAT CHALLENGE FOR PEDESTRIANS AND CYCLIST

Sadly Dublin is not the most friendly town for the cyclists. It is an old town and well, unfortunately, today roads cannot be stretched to gain more space for bikes. You really have to pay any attention here while cycling among the busy traffic. One can laugh at it as it can be either hilarious or very frustrating – depending on the mood … a bit like watching Monty Python.

I start with a question … Was there ever an earthquake or a tsunami that went through Dublin?
Cracked tiles on the pavement are moving under pedestrian’s feet as walking by. Like a broken eggshell that has not been sealed and probably never will be. Try not to lose your balance and you be fine.

 

 

There are also holes in the pavement! The same pavement that during weekends hosts alcohol’s connoisseur often supported on high heels. Those holes are totally unexpected, surprises – I prefer to call them as it is a better word than a – trap. A ‘surprise holes’ left open from a construction worker. Best avoided at night time.

 

 

There are splashes of concrete on the ground! Concrete is now bulging from the surface turning into miniature hills or layers of melting ground created by volcanic lava. Once there must have been an intention to ‘fix the problem’ but with the contrary result. Today they look like embedded prehistorical animals, watching pedestrians like crocodiles watch a prey on the river banks. Wait till they catch you!

 

 

To be fair it is not that bad, in fact, mostly it is fine (or did I just get use it?) – sadly the problems never seem to be fixed, just left to evolve in its neglect. Guess it makes the cyclist feel more alive!

But eh … shure that will do …

 

Photographs were taken on Camden Street, Rathmines and Rathgar.

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

 

TEXTIFOOD THE FUTURE OF TEXTILES

stinging nettle

THE TEXTIFOOD EXHIBITION

The exhibition originated from the project Futurotextiles and was dedicated to innovative fabrics. It is a French contribution to the Expo Milan 2015 a global event which was themed Feed the Planet, Energy for Life.

Textifood exhibition offers the opportunity to discover the world of textiles and its future with its incredible diversity, sustainability, and potentials. Orange, lemon, pineapple, banana, coconut, nettle, coffee, rice, soy, corn, beet, flax, lotus, algae, mushrooms, wines, beers, shellfish … all at the service of fashion!

      

Could it mean that in the future there will be no synthetic fabrics? such as polyester, acrylic, nylon, acetate, spandex, lastex all massively sold by high street stores. The sources of toxins which affect our health and the health of the planet – all produced with chemicals. I do hope we keep making general progress by taking care of ourselves and nature.

Bananas have already been used in Japan in 13th-century to make a fabric similar to cotton. In 2014 banana silk fibre came to the general public with a dress made entirely of dried banana leaves creation of Ditta Sandico.

banana leaf
banana leaf

Nettle has been used by the Germans to produced their uniforms during The WWII as the textile trade at the time was mainly run in England. Nettle is one of the most sustainable material as it does not need fertilizer and it needs very little amount of water.

nettle
nettle
nettle fibre
nettle slippers

Citrus fibre is the first fibre made of citrus fruit, silky in appearance and biodegradable.

citruses
citruses
orange fiber
citrus fibre

Fermented alcohol. There is also a new fabric created from the fermentation of alcoholic beverages. The fabric is red for the red wine, translucent to white and amber colour for beer.

beer
Beer
beer-dress
fermented beer-dress

Coffee is used by S.Café® company which does not only recycles coffee grounds for fabric but also extracts a high concentration of essential coffee oil which is re-used in textiles and also can be used in cosmetics. The brand claims that one day there will be no waste made out of coffee.

coffee dress
coffee dress at Textifood in Milano

STRAWBERRY LACE

strawberry lace
strawberry lace

Fashion designers have been experimenting with other organic sources to produce clothing.  Suzanne Lee was inspired to design from bacteria which grows on Kombucha a healthy drink, a mixture of bacteria and yeast, originated in China in 220 BC. In 90s Kombucha started to sold commercially in Europe and the US. I do remember buying it in Dunnes Stores and Tesco here in Ireland, but unfortunately, due to low demands, the product did not last more than a few years on the shelves.

biocouture clothing
bio culture clothing designed by Suzanne Lee

 

Author: Walkowska Aleksndra

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