Belinda Esperson

Earth Matters at Artipelag by Li Edelkort

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I was just reading one of my favourite design blogs lottaagaton.se in which she features an exhibition I would love to see by the guru of design trends Li Edelkort (whose beautiful blog trendtablet is also on my bloglist for its stunning imagery).

The exhibition “Earth Matters – when natural and creative forces meet” looks at the issues of consumerism and over-consumption and the increasing influence of nature and sustainability in design, art, food & fashion.

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The exhibition is being held at Artipelag gallery in the beautiful archipelago near Stockholm. I visited Artipelag shortly after it opened two years ago when I was briefly living in Copenhagen. I’d always wanted to see the archipelago – inspired early on in my life by images in Ingmar Bergman films (and ABBA) – a vision of thickly forested little islands with traditional red and yellow timber houses and rocky outcrops perfect for diving into the glassy water.

To get to Artipelag you take a ferry from central Stockholm that weaves its way through quiet waterways for over an hour to drop you off at the boardwalk leading up to the gallery. The scenery along the way did not disappoint – it was beautiful, everything I’d dreamed it would be. The gallery building itself was still being finished but sat well amongst the rocks & trees with views out to the water. In addition to the art there were walking paths through the woods and down to the shoreline to explore and a stylish cafe serving fresh scandi food. A very nice place to be …..wish I could.

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Belinda Esperson