There are certain things synonymous with summer. A mixture of childhood rituals, nostalgia, ideas I’ve collected and things I’ve lived along the way. Many center around activities like swimming in cool green salty water and the rest, unsurprisingly, around food – looking up from sandy beach seats to watch bi-planes pulling banners white against pure blue summer skies; the cooing of morning doves in the hot dawn; blueberry muffin making and black raspberry ice-cream in hand rolled sugar cones after dinner. continue reading
Join us this August (23rd – 26th) for four days of photography, styling, foraging, creativity and exploration. Together Olivia @Adelasterfoodtextures & I will be hosting an intimate workshop on the charming Swedish island of Gotland.
Here in this historic Swedish holiday destination, we will spend our days exploring the creative process, the basics of camera mechanics, food styling, and the visual narrative. We will be joined by guest teacher Linda Lomelino for an afternoon tea. She will share her beautiful expertise of baking, styling and creating a cookbook over the course of the afternoon. There will be a hands-on styling demonstration with Linda and a Q&A as we enjoy a leisurely time at our ‘afternoon tea table’. In addition to spending time creating at our rambling Swedish farmhouse, we will make an excursion into the world heritage town Visby, lunch at one of the island’s restaurants and an afternoon wander at the island’s herb farm.
As we explore the local food and cultural landscape of Gotland, there will be ample consideration and guidance in the art of the photographic narrative and the composition of the lifestyle photograph. With photo-rich opportunities abound, Olivia will guide us through an afternoon of making herbs and flowers into tonics, teas, scrubs and skincare to use at home. She will also lead attendees who share an interest of wild food on a walk identifying wild plants and keeping a watchful eye for the unique and “only native to Gotland’, Salma berries.
We are also incredibly excited to offer an optional yoga session each morning to further cultivate a space for personal reflection, and stillness. Weather you this will be your first time or you have years of experience, we hope it will bring another dimension to our time on Gotland. Yoga has been a part of Krissy’s life and creative practice now for 5 years and she could not be more delighted to be able to share some of the joys of this style of bodywork with participants. Sessions will be taught in English by a Swedish instructor.
With days packed full of inspiring opportunities for creativity, styling, cooking and photography; mornings and evenings will focus on the simple joys of gathering, sharing meals and the camaraderie of conversation. Sharing plant-centric meals, together round the table, this will be a time to reflect, relax and ask questions about everything from social media to pitching freelance work. This will also be a time to explore the needs of attendees, whether you are just starting out and looking to focus on developing a personal style and learning how to find work or are more experienced and looking for new opportunities in the industry, with a focus on working from anywhere in the world.Olivia and Krissy are also presenting attendees with the very unique opportunity to have a preparation call before the workshop and to have our week’s work followed up with a 4 month portfolio review. Krissy and Olivia will review your work four months after the conclusion of the workshop via skype should you like. Giving you time to address those questions as you continue creating at home.
We hope you will join us in Gotland, Sweden this August! We look forward to meeting you.
– Dates: 23rd – 26th August 2017
– Gotland, Sweden
– price in usd:
- $2600 private bedroom
- $2100 king bed, shared room with one twin bed
- $1950 single bed, shared room with one king bed
- $1950 twin bed, shared bunk room with four beds (one place remaining)
Please know that all baths in our farmhouse are shared
– 11 participants
– 4 days of food and lifestyle photography and instruction
– 3 breakfasts/brunch
– 3 dinners
– all entry and tickets for activities
– 4 month Follow up Portfolio Review with Olivia & Krissy
Materials, meals and three nights accommodation covered in the cost of the ticket
Nearest major airports are Gotland, Malmo, further afield Stockholm
Daily ferries from the mainland to the ferry
Please note, airfare, ferry and transportation to the workshop is not included in the ticket price
Deposit of 50% is needed for registration and a final payment will be due August 1, 2017.
There will be no refunds or cancellation. So please ensure you are able to attend before registering
For reservation or more details please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Who can attend:
Anyone with an interest in food, photography or visiting Sweden. Anyone looking for inspiration, a chance to immerse themselves creatively or steel a few days away and shore themselves against a bucolic coastal landscape. Photography beginners and advanced photographers will enjoy this experience equally. For the more advanced photographers and stylists we can angle it towards professional development and industry opportunities in Sweden.
- Olivia has worked as a photographer and stylist in Australia and upon returning to her native country Sweden hosted a restaurant pop up in nature. She also continued to work with photography and has exhibited her non food related photography in Australia and Sweden. Much of the food she makes has some elements of wild ingredients.
- Krissy O’Shea is a freelance photographer and stylist. After receiving her MFA in Photography from San Francisco Arts Institute, she moved to London and worked in editorial and events. She now resides in New England working as a freelance photographer, stylist, recipe developer and event designer. She is passionate about food and design and writes about it all on her popular lifestyle blog, CottageFarmblog.com.
There is something to the austerity of winter that makes the bounty of spring feel indulgent. With its relentless cold dark days, heavy wet snow and endless parade of root vegetables, those first few bright green things of spring seem positively fanciful. Vivid colors abound, curls, tendrils, feathery tips, sweet delicate flavors spring, unsurprisingly, is very bewitching indeed.
We put the screens in the windows and doors at the farm the other day. A simple gesture, albeit not a simple task, signaling a time of year when days are spent with the windows flung open and the cool (often still downright chilly) clean air rushes through the house; working its way into all the corners and blowing out the last cobwebs of winter. continue reading
On a particularly early morning, I found myself sitting in one of London’s east end restaurants working through details of a fast approaching and fairly high pressure event. I must have been the only person in the restaurant at that time and I distinctly remember waiting outside in the drizzle for someone to unlocked the door and let me inside. This particular space is one with the most inspired light even on this misty wooly grey morning and I took a few minutes to admire it as it fell softly over the backs of minimalist birch chairs and polished concrete floors. Being so early, the space was just a hair shy of warm, the ovens having only just begun their day’s labor and coldness from the night before still hanging around ankle level. A familiar conversation ensued soon after and I ordered a cup of black coffee – it felt perfectly austere given my surroundings and I imagined it would also be hottest thing on their early morning menu. continue reading
Join us in the land amid the streams for three days of exploration, creativity, photography and learning on the island of Martha’s Vineyard.
This May (19th – 21st) cookbook author, food52 contributor and island resident Sarah Waldman and I will be hosting an intimate workshop in the charming island village of Chilmark. Known for its rolling hills, breathtaking water views and rural charm, it is home to some of the island’s most beautiful and bountiful working farms and food stories.
Our home base for two nights will be one of the island’s simple but quintessential shingled, white trimmed farmhouses. With bucolic views out over fields, a little brackish pond and the wild Atlantic, it will afford the perfect position for daily expeditions. We will travel to a historic harbor-side fishing village, nearby farm stands, cheesemaker, flower farm, charming in-town restaurant and beautiful beaches. continue reading
Some of my earliest memories are sitting with my mum, gram and aunt drinking tea; always bag in, never sugar possibly a splash of milk. There wasn’t anything fancy or particularly ceremonial about it, no sliver tea pots or cups and saucers and certainly not a crustless sandwich in sight, but still it always felt exceptional. The four of us together in one of our kitchens chatting and thumbing through recipes and design magazines with steaming hot cups of tea in hand. Overtime, these tea filled afternoons together have become a ritual; our ritual. continue reading
I believe people come into your life for a reason and on a particularly mild New England January weekend 12 amazing women came into mine. Though the time was short, we will be forever connected by a silvery thread of memory, the stunning Norman Bird Sanctuary and Paradise Farmhouse and our love to creating, making, food and photography.
I subscribe to love.
I subscribe to love with all its swiftness, fleet-of-foot, deep roots, finely feathered wings, quiet gentle tenderness, wild abandon, respectful, transcendent and humble persistence. I suppose I would say that what I really subscribe to is not love but more the spirit of love, its genuineness and possibility. When I stop to think about it, I am gobsmacked at the very many ways love is able to manifest and delighted by the differences in the kinds of loves we encounter. So I think its a wonderful idea to pause for a moment and celebrate the loves, in all their vast and varied qualities in your life.
Before the night is out many a cheerful glass of champagne will be raised to toast the arrival of the new year and fondly send off the year just past.
I love this global celebration of time. This night dedicated to reflection and optimism. Stripping away the arbitrary pressure of resolutions, there seems something very special indeed about a night where a ripple of optimism makes its way around the globe. Behind the bubbles, the sparkles and tinsel is the brightness of positivism, the buoyancy of happiness. However, Its not just about the exhilaration of looking to the year ahead, but also about finding the silver linings in the year we have just finished. In a world that constantly encourages us to reach ahead, to move forward with an ever fervered pace, I can’t help but relish the moments to glance back. To turn around to see, in plain view, the path the year has cut sprawling out behind me, twisting and winding to me to the exact spot I’m standing when the hands point to twelve. continue reading