For the past few months I have been collaboration with a company called Vida to create fashion wear with my Nature Photography. I believe women will love the feeling of being surrounded by Natute. To wear a shawl covered in Violet Wisteria Petals, or a bright brilliant scarf designed from a flower I photographed in the rain forest of Kauai.
I chose this company not only because they want to support artists but they also want to support the workers who hand produce these fashion pieces. They have chosen to go into under developed regions and countries where workers have been exploited and they have chosen to pay them a fare trade wage. They did not stop there. They also saw that these workers did not have access to education so the provide all the workers with an education. This is progress. When we have conscious commerce everyone wins and You, hopefully the buyer of these products wins as well because you too are using your money to consciously make a positive change in the world.
This week Vida came to me and asked me to design 5 new tote bags for my line and here is the outcome. If you like one, you can go to my Vida site and click on that product to see not only the tote, but the art that was used to produce the Totes. Enjoy!
Well here they are. Please comment and let me know what you think. Please share this post and If you love, love, love, one of the totes, please purchase. There are two sales going on. One that ends today and one that goes through next week.
Photograph, Kuan Yin carved into the mountainside.
Photographed by Nature Photographer Margot Carrera,
Available to purchase at www.CarreraFineArt.Com.
A Poem written by David Kinsley, 1978 (The Goddess Mirror)New York
A mind perfected in the four virtues,
A gold body filled with wisdom,
Fringes of dangling pearls and jade,
Scented bracelets set with lustrous treasures,
Dark hair piled smoothly in a coiled-dragon bun,
And elegant sashes lightly fluttering as phoenix quills, Her green jade buttons
And white silk robe
Bathed in holy light;
Her velvet skirt
And golden cords
Wrapped by hallowed air,
With brows of new moon shape
And eyes like two bright stars,
Her jadelike face beams of natural joy,
And her ruddy lips seem a flash of red.
Her immaculate vase overflows with nectar from year to year,
Holding sprigs of weeping willow green from age to age.
She disperses the eight woes;
She redeems the multitude;
She has great compassion;
Thus she rules on the T'ai Mountain,
And loves at the South Sea .
She saves the poor, searching for their voices,
Ever heedful and solicitous,
Ever wise and efficacious.
Her orchid heart delights in green bamboos;
Her chaste nature loves the wisteria.
She is the merciful ruler of Potalaka Mountain,
The Living Kuan Yin from the Cave of Tidal Sound.
I have been working on this book for almost nine months. Ha! I am giving birth right now. The baby is ready to come out.
I wrote about my experience and period of spiritual growth during a bout with Breast Cancer in 2002. The treatment almost killed me but I was healed by light during a spiritual journey to teotihuacan, the pyramids in central Mexico. It brought forth a physical healing from cancer and a spiritual healing that gave birth to many of my spiritual gifts.
What I wasn't ready for was a new journey into healing once again as the cancer has returned after 14 years to teach me even more and take me even deeper into my awareness and bring forth new gifts of wisdom. This time I have more awareness and tools to heal. I also am choosing a different path. I will not put poison in my body to FIGHT the cancer. I intend to help support my physical body by giving it what it needs to heal. That means positive thoughts, detoxing to put less stress on the body, surrounding myself with people who believe I can make it through this journey alive and surrounding myself with love. Wish me a pleasant journey. With much Love, Margot
Spring in Massachusetts has arrived and Yankee Candle Store had some beautiful gardens that I couldn't help to stop shopping and go shoot. Enjoy the Spring flowers. Let me know if you like them. Please comment.
I learned so much about butterflies from photographing them in the gardens. Their design is not just for beauty but for their survival. They blend in with the flowers that they tend to feed off so birds flying above them are more likely to mistake them for flowers then for lunch. Some have beautiful blue wings that when flying look like the sky but when they land they close their wings and land on tree bark because the outside of their wings look like tree bark.
Sometimes waves comes crashing upon us yet we stand strong and prevail. The most that it does is mold and shape us into a stronger version of who we are.
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by Margot Carrera
Specialties: Nature Photography, Living Art, Digital Art and Design, Healing Arts, Feng Shui. Margot Sherry Bogdanow-Carrera’s lifelong dedication to nature photography, her preferred art form for portraying this Earth, the planet unto which we are born and bound to preserve, is evident throughout her website: www.CarreraFineArt.com. Nature, in return, provides us with everything necessary for the spiritual journey we take while we remain on Earth. Too many of us, preoccupied with our daily struggle to survive, have lost sight of that promise, forgetting that if we had cared for Earth, there would be no struggle. Margot Carrera’s avowed insightful and artistic intent is to remind humankind of their connection to and with Nature, to remember that every one of us are – or should be – devoted stewards of this Earth. One can readily observe her special bond with every object she photographs and how this inspires each memorable image. “When you look at my website,” says Carrera, “you will discover at least one singular image that speaks directly to you and helps you to recall your own beautiful connection to Earth."
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