After I research that I made I found out another technique for creating natural dyes. I found a greek blogger Alexandra Diona who creates DIY tutorial videos creating house decorations and clothes with recycled materials. After, watching some of her videos I decided to experiment myself and colour garments with flowers. I used some flowers that I had in my house and they had dried to colour some old t-shirts that I had. I placed a carton paper under the t-shirt and on top the flowers. I covered the flowers with another piece of fabric and press them with a hammer until their colour came out on the fabric. On my first trial I decided to colour all the fabric and then as I understood the way that the technique works I played around placing the flowers on different spaces on the t-shirt. Overall, I was really satisfied with the result that I created as I discovered another sustainable method to dye fabrics with harming the environment. I created some time-lapse videos capturing the process that I followed. Since I was really satisfied with the results I am planning to create a section on my magazine with crafts, ideas and advices that the readers can follow in order to adapt a more sustainable way of life.
Since the beginning of this pandemic I found myself between Brighton and my hometown Thessaloniki. Having experienced three lockdowns in two different places, I always tried to explore new ways to pass my time indoors and outdoors. Being locked in a house, now more than ever each and every of us tries to find activities and reasons to spend some time outdoors.Morning runs, picnics, cycling, a walk with your dog, gardening were some of the hobbies that Covid brought back to our daily life. Personally, spending every day an hour outdoors running or cycling I found very interesting this return to nature . Therefore, I decided to film some of the activities that people do outdoors and create a short movie depicting human contact with nature during lockdown. I decided to experiment first with the content that I had collected during the lockdown in Brighton and Thessaloniki. I was really satisfied from the result of the short video that I created showing how people of different age pass their time outdoors at nature and therefore I decided to capture more videos depicting human contact with nature and create a movie that I will incorporate in my zine. Now more than ever human started appreciating habits, rituals, senses, emotions and feelings that before were obvious.Now more than ever people started appreciating the sun, the sea, the wind, fresh air and many more natural elements cause as they say “You have to lose something to appreciate it”.
Nature is art!” they say. But how do humans treat this unique irreplaceable piece of art. Over the lockdown after 10 years living in the same building, that was the first time I was able to admire the crystal clear colour of the sea, listen to the bird twits and breath fresh clean air . That was the moment were I asked my self “ Why? How? Where all these nature’s treasure have been hidden so long?” Living a busy overloaded reality, we never had time to enjoy this “small pleasant gems” that nature gifts us with. But at the same never had time to think the damage and corruption that we daily create on it. Having this a starting point and after a lot of research on issues about pollution, environmental damage and sustainability, for the FMP I want to explore human contact with nature. The project will examine the relationship that us, the young generation have with nature during three different periods , pre-covid, on covid and post covid-19.I intend to explore the way that this pandemic challenged and changed our relationship with nature. Not only our hobbies changed, as “forgotten” habits like gardening, going for picnic and long walks in nature returned back to our daily life but our behaviour too, since we start being more careful, cautious and chary towards the environment . During this pandemic not only humans changed, but also nature, as it had a chance to “pause, relax and breath”. Therefore I will display images that I have taken during the two lockdowns depicting “the break” that nature took over this time. Finally, I intend to display on a creative way my assumptions about the post-covid contact of humans with nature and the way that our behaviour and habits will develop or change as the pandemic will fade. The aim of the project is to raise awareness about environmental issues such as global change and pollution as well as encourage the youth to continue coming closer and being more respectful and mindful towards nature. I am targeting generation Z ,fashionable young people with a high concern about nature and environment. Therefore, I am planning to do a zine about human contact with nature creating editorial shooting about pollution and waste, interviews of people talking about their relationship with nature and how it changed over the pandemic, display sustainable brands, interview of artists and designers that work on sustainability and pollution as well as include ethical tricks and tips to the reader to adapt.