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Felwa (*) pale yellow, the colour of the soil (in progress)
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*Felwa; (*) pale yellow', after the colour of the soil.


Publication Felwa is a chronicle of transitions that explores an essential paradox of nature, namely that change is the only constant. Structured like ripples in a pool, the book begins with a look back at the past looking at our emotional relationship with the world and ends with the past from a scientific or natural history point of view, in between are registrations of the present and a question to the future. It brought us to the concept of 'Heimat', as the sense of belonging to a place, which is undergoing a philosophical transition that we are experiencing in our time as attitudes towards ecology are forced to change in response to our impact on nature. Without the acceptance that all of nature is entitled to its environment (heimat), we cannot survive.

As a leitmotif throughout the publication are extracted plant dyes and their names, taken from plants growing in relevant locations that link different time zones.

The publication contains an analogue photographic record in sections where a specific environment such as the yard, grassland, stream and forest is approached from data such as emotionality, heimat, re-wilding, antiquity, mythology, botany, language and philosophy. The poetic nature is emphasised by the six essays by writers invited to write about this project.

The writers are: Lucette ter Borg: Dutch writer, essayistThomas Schirmböck: art historian, curator of photography and related art, Nina Svenson: art historian, specialising in photography 

Bill Barnes: Professor of Photonics, Alexander Ramselaar: owner Backing Grounds , Norbert Peeters: Botanist, Philosopher, researcher, Robert van Altena: art critic, founder Springvossen


For the graphic design, we worked closely and intensively with Edwin van Gelder of Mainstudio, Publisher Jap Sam Books will take care of production and distribution, and Printing company Wilco Art Books .

© arja hop / peter svenson 2013
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