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B Y A W I L D R O S E . . . .
On the road, travelling across Hawaii. Just my husband and I, our sketchbooks and nothing but time. We were blessed. We learnt lessons. We went back to our roots. With little internet and just each other and the jungle for company. For once time was our friend. I kept a journal on our travels, reflecting and capturing each moment in my journal of all the amazing things we discovered when travelling across Oahu, Maui and finally Kauai. Mother Earth is one beautiful place. I saw things that my mind could not have dreamt. We were totally immersed in the heart of nature. It was overwhelming and hard to not be in the thick of the depths of the jungle everyday now. How I miss it so.....
This is perhaps the most pivotal video I have made to date. I felt feelings I didn't know existed ini Hawaii. Was pushed entirely out of my comfort, repeatedly, with no other options but to strive ahead. Saw things on Mother Earth created in the most abstract out of this world way. Towering green mountains disappearing into clouds, completely untouched and out of reach.
Endless hours of inspiration. Endless hours of time, all ours. Now home, we both reflect on what we have learnt and walk steadily into our creative futures. This video, being a marker of the next chapter. Thank you so much for reading, liking, supporting, subscribing to every thing I do. Your actions make changes, in my life.
Enjoy beautiful Hawaii and watch this space. Hawaii, we will meet again. I will make sure of that. Mahalo.
Following the most incredible time in Hawaii, after a whole lot of thinking and some time off and on doing design I have had time to collect my thoughts and reflect on my work. After time on and then time off, adventures have lead to a new direction in my work. I have been making a travel diary for over a year now and it really is thickening up. From Biarritz, to LA, Oahu, Maui to Kauai back to the United Kingdom. I am opening my sketchbook up to you. It is my diary, my inspiration, my souvenir and my future. It the beginning of new adventures and memories of old ones too. A book of inspiration for new projects from all over the world.
Over the course of the next year, there will be a clear change in my practice and work. I endeavour to forever post with immense purpose and waste no time. At all.
My website- the hub of my work. My practice is my priority..... and so it is. Join the journey. Soon I will be sharing my journey and new work.
READ FIRST if you will, BEFORE watching.....
The more time I spend slowing down Hawaii, the more I become wise to what’s really important to me. Sometimes, its like people have a filter over their faces in reality and they can’t see the view right in front of them. You see people at these amazing places desperate to get the perfect ‘shot’. The best selfie. Paying so much attention to the temporary, they miss the present moment. They miss the view. I love photography, I love art.
I enjoy capturing a moment with my camera but I love making real memories that aren’t temporary, sharing real moments with people that matter. At a beautiful waterfall I watched a group of people jump in, swim where you were not allowed, have someone record there time in the water. They came, they swam, they left. Took no time to absorb the beauty of the falls. Many where trying to take photos of the fall, but couldn’t because this group were in the water.
They missed the moment and bacteria in the water meant that they weren’t supposed to swim anyway. You look around and a lot of people are on their phones at dinner, by the beach. Remember your roots. Remember what’s important. For me that’s making real memories, precious time with my husband, my family, my dog and Art. Don’t forget to be here now and what’s important.
What are your thoughts? I would love to know.
Deep in the Manoa Valley we headed into the jungle up to Manoa Falls. When we stepped off the bus, the views left me breathless, with the clouds rolling over the summits - it was a sight I will never forget. I had only ever seen pictures and I was finally here and the atmosphere was indescribable but the the jungle was the best part.
It was by far the wettest, greenest part of Hawaii I have seen so far with rainfall travelling constantly down the valley into the town below.
You feel like you have stepped into Jurassic Park as you travel deeper and deeper into the jungle.
You can help but feel you are stepping into something a little out of your league, as the trail gets wilder, the surroundings have been untouched by man and the trees and enormous and everything is fighting for sunlight climbing on top of another, fighting for space and light.
We stood in the raw jungle. Untouched by man, it was truly wild. Devils Ivy swamped tall trees and the air was scented with lemon grass. Dry and windy at the bottom of the summit trail, the higher we walked the steeper the trail became and the wetter we became. With a hurricane the day before a number of trees had fallen, as well as bamboo. The path itself was muddy and wild. Rainfall had shaped the trail and it was evident that a lot of water falls all the way up the trail. Warnings were posted to notify us that the water levels could rise unexpectedly and I couldn’t help but feel very aware, we were now in mother nature’s hands deep in the real jungle.
After a very long thirty six hours of travelling we finally touched down in Hawaii. A drive up to London that took an hour and a half, followed by an eleven hour flight into LAX, finally with a seven hour flight to Oahu, we made it to paradise. Needless to say, sitting up right in a chair trying to catch any sleep was not easy.
We arrived in Waikiki, Oahu and took ourselves out to check out the local breaks along the beach over razor sharp coral reef.
With the need for a recharge we headed to Jamba juice and had an açai bowl first thing in the morning.
We arrived in Waikiki, Oahu and took ourselves out to check out the local breaks along the beach over razor sharp coral reef.
We strolled around pristine streets of Waikiki underneath the towering hotel blocks. The sidewalks are lined with tropical plants, flowers and you are never far from a palm tree, Japanese food, or Hawaiian Poke - Poke being the traditional Hawaiian dish of raw fish.
The air is hot and wet. On the 30th floor of our hotel we took a moment to look at the tiny model beach from the top. Everything looked like a tiny toy model from this height. We tend to go to the top floor together to have a look at our surroundings whenever we travel.
We headed up to Diamond Head state monument summit trail that overlooks the whole of Waikiki beach. It was really hot, dry and we had to hundreds of steps to walk and had to navigate our way through a tunnel at the top of the summit. The view from the top was incredible. The link Ocean was a beautiful blue. With the city on the left and the rolling clouds over the mountains to the right, this was truly an amazing sight. I met a man surrounded by birds that said he escaped his wife to smoke up the hill.
He gave me some bird seed and many birds all flew onto my arm. It was a moment I will remember forever.
Between everything from the chaos to the calm, one thing I’m learning is to be authentically me and to stay true. For the longest time I found I was producing work to show the world at times, rather than producing work organically and fluidly. Naturally. As it should be. Expressing a feeling.
From this moment forward, I only choose to produce work organically and naturally. Work that is authentically me. Knowledge over numbers .
This work I did this morning was organic. It was inspiration, and moment in time that I imagined in my mind, that I brought to life. I printed pictures and typed on my vintage old typewriter, only for a moment during my busy day because that’s all I had. But it was exactly what I wanted it to be. Real.
If you are reading this thank you - because you taking the time out to appreciate my art, my photography, my work means more than you know.
i’m not the best with words and don’t tend to say too much. They say a photo speaks a thousand words so hopefully my art and my photography will tell you my story. This is the Journal of Home to Hawaii. Please stay, indulge and see Hawaii through an Artists eyes and through a Designers as lense.
Remember to stay true and be authentically you. Don’t let the media, what you see what you hear change who you are. Just be organically, naturally, authentically you and show the world exactly who you are.
Location: Biarritz, France
Duration: 5 days, July
Temp: 25 degrees
Stay: Air BnB
Hot spots: Hossegor, Plage, Barque, Bisque
Breakfast: Bali Bowls (a corner shop, no seating/street food) a fruit smoothie all the way from Bali and one of the best Açai Bowls I have ever had. Don't miss this.
Milwaukee Cafè Biarritz: (large cafè with outside seating) Coconut and Orange Tea, follow by an Açai Power Bowl (in a jar with walnuts) Bright pink cluttered and busy interiors - you can't miss it.
Lunch: Olea Mediterranean Cuisine Vegan Cafè (next door to Milwaukee Cafè) / Biarritz natural fresh food prepared before you, whilst you wait. Great vegetarian and vegan options. Clean, modern interiors, a small space with limited seating.
Smoothies Hossegor: The Green Cantine (healthy smoothies and takeaway packed lunch meals) A beautiful bamboo, white and wicker interior with the best smoothies, Try the Mango, Orange and Chia on the go.
Dinner: The Beach House is an interiors designers dream space. Think tropical, modern beach styling. With an outside seating area, palm trees, banana leaves, cocktails out of this world and the best food in France. You can't miss this restaurant in Anglet car park. Look for the light up sign hanging in the sky. Billabong just held a party here. It's the place to be. Prepare to snap some pictures in this beautiful space. Order the Malaysian chicken with white rice. Unbelievably good.
Beaches: Anglet Beaches famous for surf and at low tides check out the caves.
Dont miss: Hossegor and the outlet shops and snap up a bargain and enjoy the annual Surf Film Festival on the promenade. Discover the the enormous Roxy HQ and store next to the the skate park. Watch gromits rip it up and question your ability on a board.....
Feels like: Surf chic, discover a world of fashion that meets surfing. It you are not a surfer you are probably in the wrong place. Wear you most stylish, trashy surf wardrobe, rent a van, grab a board and take some dollar for those outlet stores.
Design: Lacking in art supply shops, the culture, the surf shops, the beaches are the inspiration. The atmosphere and the feeling. The combination of the most stylish surf shops around and fashionable boutique finds.
In pursuit of a deep love of photography, I have started a gallery. Available for bookings. Contact below
It's been scarily nearly two years since I visited my families roots. The closest I will get to what my family know as home and the island of Barbados has kept a tender hold on my heart strings since visiting.
We started on the South coast but moved up to the West side of the island to stay in what I can only describe as real Barbados. Full of locals and the entire atmosphere and vibe was much more slow paced and restful on this side of the island. No surf to be had on the west coast, we enjoyed snorkelling and identifying some of the world most deadliest fish - stone fish and the cutest puffer fish just a few metres from the beach. We explored in caves, visited botanical gardens and dined on the best beaches.
Just Grilling restaurant was the tastiest local food to eat and we found ourselves there on numerous occasions. Jerk chicken with rice and a light caesar salad was a repeat offender.....
If you like a slow relaxing life, Barbados is for you. If you want to stay in real Barbados, Four Seasons Europia is perfect. You each get a small home all to yourselves with a veranda to sit out on an dine with your loved one. The only way to describe staying at the Europia - it's like staying at home. It felt like home. It felt right. It was quiet and a place I will truly never forget. The night chirping of the brown tree frogs were a welcome meditational song to send you off to sleep.
Barbados is filled with incredible animals, stunning clear waters, magnificent marine life, I am still a little bit in love with the way the island made me feel. At night, when the rain started the ground would come to life with cane toads jumping about after hiding from the constant 30˚c blistering heat. One moment you would be soaked and a moment later heat has returned. I fashioned a bird bath out of a fallen palm tree which all the birds enjoyed. You will find crabs in land, far from the sea living in the ground? As well as slugs bigger than a big banana and huge shells accommodating the giant snails you find everywhere. Monkeys can be seen as well as mango trees and coconut trees all over the island.
Lying in a hammock may well be one of my favourite things to do. Wonderful memories and I may have to return one day - I am sure I will.
These coconut fell in the night after a storm. When we woke up, a cable had fallen onto the tree still sparking, setting the palm tree alight.
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