If you visit The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee, you will find baskets and vessels full of leaves, pine cones, cedar buds, flowers, bark… When we bought the house, I became enamoured with collecting natural materials – some of it was so precious, I knew I wanted to do something special with it.
After years of working as a multi-media artist combining video, film and performance with painted or sculptural objects, I became acutely aware of the toxicity involved in creating with widely used art materials. It seemed like a natural fit to start creating with the plants and flowers that I found during our walks in the woods and around the property.
The process itself has a healing effect. Not only do I experience the preventative health benefits of shinrin-yoku/forest bathing, I also enjoy the light physical exercise and the sounds and smells that soothe the senses. On an emotional level, the practice of creating an offering or commemorative piece helps me to set intentions and release through the process of creation.
I began the journey of creating with natural materials by making mandalas – a calming interactive form of meditation. The process itself is designed to help access answers from within.
I also enjoy re-arranging things in nature and creating figures with stones, leaves and other objects. To celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary, I created a depiction of our family using some of the most beloved flowers and plants that I had collected and dried.
Creating helps ease the busy mind and nurture the creative spirit, allowing access to higher levels of consciousness and awareness.
See you soon! Elsii