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The Danish Artist, Designer and Green Entrepreneur Amalie Harris Barfod works within the field of Art, Design and creating spaces for people and nature to connect.

She is an educated Kaospilot, a creative leader and entrepreneur. She uses her skills to create a business where the core value arises from her heart and her empathy towards the well being of humans and nature.

She is an artist and has a passion for aesthetics and finding balance in life.

´Simplicity´ is one of her core values. She believes that deep down we don't need that much, and the more simple things are, the more peace we can feel.

Amalie lives and works both in the Northern part of Sweden called Sápmi and in Copenhagen where she has a shared studio space with GállakCrafts among other creative minds.

 

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 We had the pleasure of hosting the Danish restaurant  NOMA . They were on an inspiration trip, wanting to learn more about the arctic cuisine and the culture of the Sami people. We hosted them here, in our home in Sápmi introducing them to the wisdom nature provide us here through food.

We had the pleasure of hosting the Danish restaurant NOMA.
They were on an inspiration trip, wanting to learn more about the arctic cuisine and the culture of the Sami people. We hosted them here, in our home in Sápmi introducing them to the wisdom nature provide us here through food.

 

Existence, Q&A 27th September 2018

Into the ReWild,

Connecting People and

Nature

by Hrefna

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Amalie Harris Barfod is a Kaospilot alumni from Team 22. Her passion and care for nature inspired her final project, reWild studio, which came to life in November 2017. ReWild studio is a platform that connects people in urban settings to nature through art installations, products and workshops.

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As a child, Amalie spent a lot of time outdoors with her family, going hiking or spending time at their summer house in Sweden. “My siblings and I were always given the opportunity to be in nature and explore it” Amalie says, “nature was our playmate”. Her exposure to nature throughout her life formed the values she has brought into reWild studio.

“I believe that empathy is something I have practiced throughout my whole life through the guidance of my parents and other mentors.” Amalie says, “I learned that my actions matter and have an impact on my environment, whether it being people or nature.” Her passion for connecting with nature sparked her wanting to create a platform for others to do the same. “The idea is for people to interact with nature, for their own well being and for the sake of nature’s well being.”

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Source of energy

Amalie finds the connection between people and nature especially important because of the fast paced lifestyle of today’s modern world. “We all want to be happy and to live a calm and peaceful life but as a consequence many people suffer from stress.” With reWild Studio, Amalie wants to offer a sustainable solution towards a more calm and reflective lifestyle. She finds that by becoming more relaxed people will have more energy for meaningful moments in life, like time spent with loved ones.

We all need to take a step back and breathe and the perfect place to do that is with nature.

One of the reasons we are not as connected to nature as we once were, Amalie finds, is because we don’t follow the natural processes and understand how they work like we did as hunters, farmers and gatherers. “I think it’s very important to be connected to these processes in order to understand nature better.” She says, “Developing this kind of empathic mindset is really what reWild Studio is about. It begins with understanding“

Amalie wants to emphasis that humans are a part of nature and not separated from it. “We share some of the same DNA with plants and If all plants on earth would die, we wouldn’t exist either.” She says this thought is very far away from some people. “Therefore this idea of connecting people with nature is very important in order for us to survive and thrive at the same time.” She says, “We need to see that we are not differentiated from nature but very much interconnected.”

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In her personal life, Amalie finds peace and inspiration when in nature. Presence in the now and spending energy on things she finds meaningful is important to Amalie and being in nature helps her with that. “At times when I have felt stressed and needed a mental break, nature has been my source of energy.” She continues, “When I am in nature I feel more energetic, light and calm.” She says, “I get to release a lot of thoughts and just breathe.”

When I am in nature, I get to release a lot of thoughts and just breathe.

The beauty of nature and wisdom it holds is what drives Amalie. ”I think really appreciating how nature gives us life is crucial for us in order to develop empathy for nature” she says, “and I believe that we need to be surrounded by it to really feel that.”

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Amalie incorporates sustainability into her work by creating awareness and showing how people can have an empathetic mindset towards nature. She finds it important to crate sustainability in how she works as a human being as well. “ I need to be present in order to work optimally.” Amalie says, “in order to have a sustainable business, I need to be sustainable myself.”

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Amalie is currently developing a new product for reWild studio as well as hosting workshops, working on an art installation and launching the reWild Magazine.“ She says that Kaospilot helped her explore her values and dreams and act on them. “The idea is to ask yourself why you love to do the things you do” she continues, “this is the starting point if you really want to create something that you care about and want to contribute with in this world.”

 Article by Hrefna

Article by Hrefna


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Interview: Kunstner Amalie Harris Barfod ”Naturen er fuldstændig fantastisk til at designe helt uden at gøre skade på sine omgivelser”

Portrætter / Af kreativekvinder

Kunstner og grøn entreprenør Amalie Harris Barfod har skabt den eksperimenterende kunst- og designvirksomhed ReWild.Studio, hvor hun laver kunstinstallationer ud af naturmaterialer og afholder kreative workshops med naturen som omdrejningspunkt. For Amalie’s vision er klar: hun drømmer om en mere bæredygtig verden, hvor mennesker – og særligt byboerne – i højere grad interagerer med naturen.

“Jeg drømmer om at skabe initiativer, der får mennesker til at føle mere empati for naturen. For på den måde tror jeg, at vi allesammen får mere interesse og viljestyrke i forhold til at passe bedre på den”

Hvorfor har du startet ReWild.studio?

“Jeg har startet ReWild.studio, fordi vi mennesker bliver mere og mere frakoblet naturen. F.eks. laver jeg kunstinstallationer ud af naturmaterialer, som denne her store moskuppel, man kan stille sig ind under, og som dufter virkelig meget af mos! At skabe rum for at kunne sanse naturen, er i det hele taget vigtigt for mig. For i takt med, at flere og flere af os flytter ind til storbyerne mister vi lidt koblingen til naturen. Vi har ikke på samme måde adgang til den, som hvis vi boede på landet eller ude i skoven. Derfor tror jeg også, at man hører de her historier med, at børn bliver spurgt om, hvor kyllingen eller koen kommer fra, og så svarer: ’Fra fryseren’. Vi lever jo ikke i pagt med naturen, og derfor kan helt naturlige ting og processer nemt blive fjerne for os. Samtidig viser alt forskning, at vi – desværre – bliver mere og mere stressede og deprimerede. Det lider naturen jo også under, fordi vi så ikke har overskud til at tage os af den.”

“(…) naturen er vigtig for os. Vi kan ikke leve uden naturen. Den gør os afslappede, skaber glæde og balance”

Burde vi så ikke bare flytte på landet?

”Det vælger nogle også at gøre. Men mange af os vil jo gerne bo inde i byerne, fordi man så er tæt på alle de goder, der også hænger sammen med at bo i de større byer: kulturlivet, venner, familie, caféer, arbejdet. Mit håb med ReWild.Studio er derfor: at skabe rum for naturen i byerne og i hjemmene. For naturen er vigtig for os. Vi kan ikke leve uden naturen. Den gør os afslappede, skaber glæde og balance.”

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Hvad arbejder du på lige nu?

“Jeg læser til daglig på uddannelsen Kaospilots, som virkelig har hjulet mig til at finde frem til min passion i forhold til at kombinere kreativitet, natur og bæredygtighed. Og jeg har faktisk lige udviklet dét, jeg kalder et ‘Plante Univers’ til babyer i tæt samarbejde med forældre, deres babyer, psykologer og natureksperter. Det er en slags uro med små planter, som hænger over babyens hoved og kobler de helt små til naturen. For når man bor inde i byerne på 5.sal kan man jo ikke bare lige gå ud og lægge baby i mosset eller i græsset. Men med Plante Universet kan man få naturen ind i hjemmet. Man kan både vælge at bruge tørre planter, men man kan også bruge de (friske) planter, jeg anbefaler at bruge på min hjemmeside og som kommer med Plante Universet. Planterne slår rødder, så de kan stå op til tre måneder, blot ved at man påfylder lidt vand en gang om ugen. Babyerne og forældrene kan følge planternes udvikling – ja, og så er det ret fint og symbolsk, dét her med, at en baby ligger under en baby-stikling.”

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”Babyerne og forældrene kan følge planternes udvikling – ja, og så er det ret fint og symbolsk, dét her med, at en baby ligger under en baby-stikling”

Hvor stammer din interesse for naturen fra?

“Mine forældre har en ødegård i Sverige, som jeg er vokset op med. Siden jeg var helt lille, har vi taget derop i ferier osv. Så jeg er ligesom blevet “udsat” for naturen altid! (Amalie griner, red.) Og jeg tror også, at det er herfra min kærlighed til naturen er blevet vakt. Sundhedsmæssigt kan jeg også mærke på egen krop, hvor stor betydning naturen har for mit helbred. Man bliver sgu bare gladere og får mere overskud af at være i naturen! Derhjemme har jeg omringet mig med grønne planter, og jeg har også et gammelt hvepsebo fra sidst, jeg var i Sverige. Har du nogensinde set sådan et? Det er helt fantastisk! Naturen er fuldstændig fantastisk til at designe helt uden at gøre skade på sine omgivelser. Det er jeg stærkt inspireret af – at designe i balance.”

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Hvad drømmer du om?

“Jeg drømmer om at skabe initiativer, der får mennesker til at føle mere empati for naturen. For på den måde tror jeg, at vi allesammen får mere interesse og viljestyrke i forhold til at passe bedre på den. Folk vil jo gerne! Det handler bare om at skabe mulighederne.”

Du kan læse mere om Amalie’s spændende arbejde og ReWild.studio på www.rewildstudio.com