I spent last weekend on the beautiful island of Gotland.
I stayed at the Hotel Stelor, along with a fantastic crowd of creative people, for a retreat with our friends, Babes in Boyland. You know, the creative duo behind our wonderful film on the OAS collection. The first day saw us in the studio, styling and photographing cakes and other fun things.Behind the scenes, things were not nearly so neat and styled.That’s where Linnea, Fabienne, Matilde and Nathaliewere fussing about lights and camera settings.After a delightful three-course vegetarian meal with my new friends, it was lovely to snuggle down in a warm and cosy hotel bed.Saturday morning got off to an excellent start with new-baked bread, yoghurt and egg for breakfast, and then it was time for wreath-making.The florist, Åsa, showed us the secrets to making up a wreath, and then we were on our own.Creativity flourished, and everyone ran around searching for materials and inspiration. As you can see, there was always a camera of some sort at the ready.Some of the wreaths were simple and slim.Others were larger and more substantial.Here Ulrika has her hands full hanging up wreaths ready for the photography. See how nicely this wreath goes with our kimono in the Malin pattern.And our letter paper, Lo, looks so good with a little floral residue and an old pair of scissors.Each of us was totally engrossed in our own part of the creation.The evening session involved setting and styling of an ensemble in which we combined all the wreaths in an attractive display. How cool it is when a whole gang of creative types gets to work together and create together.Sunday began gently with yoga and packing, and then we were off to Maria Form Keramik, where we learned to throw, roll and decorate.Sofia was a natural on the potter’s wheel.I threw a bowl myself, but I focused most on rolling and shaping these small dishes. I wanted them to be a little rough and imperfect.Well, that’s my summing up of a wonderfully creative and inspiring weekend in our own special oasis. And on that topic, did you know that we have created our own OAS (oasis) play list on Spotify, which is the perfect companion in these dark days of autumn. You can find it below.
Have a lovely weekend!