I love to design and create opportunities for experiences for those who connect with my collections. With Thieves the inspirations for my collections were often from issues of how the planet was being misused, and time in the spot light could be used to bring awareness to issues, such as the Tar Sands with my 2010 fall collection, providing me with a form of "activism" and hopefully connecting people a little deeper to imported causes for consideration and a connection to the beautiful world we live in.
Zen Nomad was brought about through my own search for deeper connection that lead me to become deeply involved in yoga. Again the collection, and in the future, experiences, will bring the wearer to a more comfortable connection the the effect of what they wear on the planet, their own skin, their own value of self.
For a while I was torn between the world of fashion and my more "zen " like studies of Chinese five element theory, macrobiotics and the interconnectedness of all things. How could these two entities that seemed so far apart be mutually present forces? A natural dye course I took in the smokey mountains helped reveal an interconnectedness between the foraging for food and medicine I was learning with my macrobiotics/shiatsu teacher and the foraging for these same plants to dye clothing and to bring, not the fashion cycle of seasonality into things, but the seasonality of what the earth provides and what our bodies need to be fully adapted to each season and place we experience. Looking forward to having a studio space again so I can play with these ideas.
may peace always surround us,
Last winter I spent the time living in Tulum, Mexico. I lived on the beach, in a tent snuggled in the mangroves next to the jungle. I would wake up somewhere between 5 and 5:30 in the morning to sit on the beach and watch the sunrise. Watching the sunrise, having your eyes filled with the first warm light of the day, seeing it spread its incredible live art across the sky made an incredible difference in how the day would unfold and my general sense of well being throughout it. I had come down to Mexico to have the space to develop my yoga teaching practice and to connect with life in general. I met an incredible community of people who also lived on the beach, moved through their lives with intention, which also included amazing experiences, music under the stars, Temazcals (sweat lodges) with medicine people, singing, dancing, healing ceremonies, cacao ceremonies, Mayan calendar time, community kitchens of sharing whole and healthy delicious food, and everyday honoring of the nature around us. A few hundred feet back from where I camped, there was a cenote, this is a small body of slightly salty water that are surface connections to subterranean water bodies, connecting the sea from the mangroves below and resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock that exposes groundwater underneath. The one behind us where we often swam in the peaceful waters of was also home to a crocodile. My friend(a photographer) Blaise Misiek,
his wife, Amie, and their adorable daughter, Aria had come down to Tulum to visit for a week, and true to the magic of Tulum were drawn to extent their stay and since Blaise had his underwater camera equipment we took the opportunity to play and what we left with was magic. I met lots of amazing people in Tulum, and a few who I know will be lifelong friends, Rachel , a fantastic artist from New York via London, was one of them, and when we decided to do an underwater photo shoot of the zen nomad collection, we know she would be great. A celestial wanderer with a practice of yoga and meditation that threaded through her artistic talents, as well as being a seasonal local who could understand the magic of the cenotes, it would be a beautiful impromptu adventure.
lead by an untraceable knowing
like a dream we came to be
dream of open hearts
free in madre terra's healing waters
letting ourselves fall into her trusting arms
dancing below the waters with delight and mythical sparks of light in our eye
the time and space to simply be...
joyous, connected, loving, free
freedom is ours for the taking
we only have to let go
see where beauty really exists
find the edge of "reality"
and wander past,
become a seeker of your heart,
a seeker of true freedom,
in the supporting loving arms of our planet
we choose to leave the legacy of freedom, connection, love
to our future generations, our future selves,
for we are one
all elements intertwined
we can only exist if water exists, if air exists, if earth exists,
free, clean, living organisms,
that are our lifeline,
so we dream and move in joyous gratitude, we seek
solace in the arms of mother earth.
photography Blaise Misiek
stylist/yogi/designer Sonja den Elzen
clothing Zen Nomad
bamboo jersey delphine dress mint
linen practice top, bamboo jersey ruched yoga shorts
linen delphine top, bamboo warrior yoga pant
bamboo orgin yoga dress, linen delphine dress