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Make 100 Trees is the latest project by London-based designer-artist Margarita Mitrovic. The concept of the project is to make 100 artworks of trees, which will directly fund the planting of 100 real trees.

By depicting each tree in a different style and technique, the artist aims to demonstrate their uniqueness, individuality and most importantly their value to our lives and planet.

The artist explains: “There is superfluous to say that each tree is unique. In my eyes trees are live magic creatures which  have their hands – branches, legs – roots, skin – bark and hair – leaves, but they also have a soul. In my career I have mainly focused on human portraits as a means to represent individual personalities through simple brushstrokes, colour and medium.

In this project, I am creating “portraits” of trees through which  I want to demonstrate their uniqueness and remind people how beautiful those enormous giants are! I use pens, pencils and markers to show the shape of branches and the incredible surface and texture of tree bark. On the other hand I use paint, ink and brushes to represent their density and volume when they are blooming and blossoming.”

The project joins two of Margarita’s greatest passions – Art and Nature, as her favourite activities include creating artworks in her London studio and going for long walks and hikes around the UK and beyond. “Trees are super important for our health and well-being and are vital for the environment and wildlife, but as our planet becomes more urbanised, we are losing forests and trees every day. This is a global issue and I want to use art as a tool to make a positive impact on nature.” – explains Margarita.

 

Each artwork will be unique and original, created by the artist in a different style and technique on a standard format of 15×15 cm. A hundred works of art (made using pencils, pens, markers, ink, paint, charcoal, fabrics, thread, cardboard, photography, laser cutters, 3D printers and much more) all showing a tree, but all of them individual, just like each tree is. Margarita is launching this project through Kickstarter – a crowdfunding platform, which allows people to gather funds for their creative work.

The crowdfunding will run for a limited period of 35 days (Jan 31st – March 8th), during which people can order an original artwork for £25, an artwork print for £10 or even book an art masterclass with Margarita in her studio. Once the project is complete, an art exhibition of the 100 artworks will be organised in a London gallery, showcasing them to the public before they are sent off to their new owners. Part of the sales profits will be used to plant 100 real trees, thanks to a collaboration with Trees for Cities, a UK charity that is on a mission to plant 1 million trees in UK cities by 2020.

 

You can see the project  and support it via this kickstarter link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/764720081/100-artworks-of-trees-100-planted-trees?ref=user_menu

 

About the artist

Margarita Mitrovic is a multi-award-winning London-based designer and visual artist. She applies her creative skills in a wide variety of projects, including interior design, branding, graphics and illustration. She began her career path after graduating in Interior & Spatial Design at the University of Hertfordshire branch in Moscow, Russia, and since then her experience spans from working in small interior design studios to large architecture practices in Moscow and London, as well as independent and client work in illustration, graphics and art.

 

The only sure thing in life is change.
The summer is over, but there are these beautiful and most colourful days ahead that only an autumn wind, rain and sun can create.
The Autumn Equinox is the beginning of the coming into darker days and also the preparation for the winter cold. After the almost perfect balance on the 23-rd of September the days will nicely become shorter and shorter.

 

autumn equinox

Simple chilli beans-easy comfort food

As a woman, who feels very connected to the amount of sun light I feel already the coming autumn, probably you, too.

I am making plans for cooking and lots of baking in the next few weeks. Yesterday I made broccoli and potato soup and also ratatouille in my clay dish in the oven. I had it cooked slowly for about 4 hours. 
The changes of the seasons always fascinates me. The circles of life never stop, no matter what. The wheel keeps going and I am so grateful to be here to be a part of this amazing and mystical ride, called life. It is crazy, weird and beautiful all at once.
You are not the same person as you were yesterday, your mind is constantly changing it’s mind and your body is constantly renewing itself till your last breath.

autumn equinox

Photo credit indulgy.com

 
Every season is nice in it’s own way. But autumn is where everything is so colourful and it is also time for comforting nostalgia and cosy blankets.

I love the evenings in autumn in dusk. When it’s still early in the evening, but it’s a bit dark and I am sitting in the living room surrounded by my favourite people, sipping tea and chopping apples and pears. 

Today is also a day for balance. Balance between dark and light. I do believe in balance even I don’t try to achieve it. I believe in the invisible balance of things and non things and my role is simply to give love and share my wisdom daily.
Today I want to wish you a Happy Equinox and may wonderful beauty surround you. May the abundance of the season fill not just your homes, but your hearts, too. May you find comfort, warmth and love in the caring presence of the ones you love.

Lots of love, 

Be well and enjoy the ride, 

Ivelina

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