Photos by: Quinn Miller-Bedell
Article via: Hansen's Surf
There’s something so striking about Zaria Forman’s work that it is almost haunting. It’s beautiful and grand, but it also tells a story, a story that is near and dear to the heart of anyone who is in love with the sea. Forman’s art is more than just a mere spectacle to be stared at in a gallery or a collectors private collection, because Zaria is telling the story of how our environment is changing, how our oceans are being impacted by climate change, and how we will feel the impacts if we don’t make changes.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Zaria is an adventurer in the truest sense, she has sailed up the NW Coast of Greenland to document the rapidly changing landscape and recently completed an expedition to Antarctica where she was a resident artist on the National Geographic Explorer. We were beyond excited to check in with Zaria to talk about her influences, her travels, and how she uses her art to inspire change.
With the creation of the Sēfari outpost, I wanted to rethink the idea of living with nature. I believe that there should be harmony between the artificial world, the natural environment, and human beings. The boutique is designed with a more primitive aesthetic celebrating the imperfections of natural materials, highlighting our yearning for simplicity and honesty.
The emphasis on plants, helps to purify the air. I wanted to create a space that is natural and filled with textures. One that is wild & raw, using materials that tell a story. Sēfari encompasses objects that resonate with the maker's touch, things with soul. It is an intuitive mindset rather than a stylized decorating "look". We offer a range of vintage African textiles, crystal energy healing products, locally made candles, high-end handmade ocean inspired jewelry, lighting, as well as unique pieces from a global group of designers and artists. Ephemera, collectibles, books, and art fill this nature inspired creative outpost.
Everything about yesterday was perfect.
I woke up to 78 degree weather, the sun was shining, the Ocean was sparkling as far as I could see. I arrived to work early to prepare the garden to host the first creative workshop. Marcin rolled in at noon with freshly prepared bruschetta, roasted eggplant dip, bacon wrapped dates, and an incredible Asiago cheese assortment.
We began the workshop with an energetic spiritual cleansing and an introduction to the craft of Medicine bag construction. We learned of their origin and how they aid in the process of manifestation and personal transformation.
For the most part it is a daunting task to summarize a city by a single characteristic. In the case of Tokyo however, there is one trait that permeates everything: density. Tokyo’s charm lies in its ability to create space where there is no space. It is a playful attitude towards an environment that is ruled by concrete. Once you turn away from the big intersections, you will find yourself in a maze of little streets, tiny shops and residential houses. Minami Aoyama is one of these sacred areas. Not far from Omotesando Dori with its juxtaposition of architectural masterpieces, you will find a place dedicated to the pure beauty of nature: JARDINS des FLEURS. This is the studio of flower artist Azuma Makoto. While the name may evoke romantic associations with Southern France, upon entry it becomes instantly clear that Azuma-san breaks with this notion radically.
Lately I have been in super inspired by wildflowers in the canyon. The winter has enviograted the local succulents, especially the aloes. They are my favorite, they remind me of Jeffrey's Bay.
I recently came across a unique concept that uses recycled ceramics and local driftwood timber to create natural art pieces. Over the next few weeks I plan to scour the local beaches in search of the perfect driftwood specimens and the wildflowers to match. Keep an eye on the horizon for a driftwood x wildflower workshop!
A little over a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting James Kamo, founder and designer of Rucksack Village.
I came across his feed on instagram that was peppered with photos of incredibly unique one-of-a-kind backpacks. Packs that all told the story of their future owner because the purchaser is involved in James's design process. When you place a custom order from him for a pack he sends you a questionnaire. He designs the pack based off of your answers & his style. He asks stuff like, "If you were an animal, which animal would you be and why? What will you use the pack for? Are you right or left handed? What is your favorite color?"
Peter Beard is known by many names, "Half Tarzan, half Byron" "African Dreamer" "Reknown wildlife photographer." And he is infamous for many things...
A gentleman came into Sēfari a few days ago and remarked on my collection of Beard's books. I had a first edition copy of "Longing for Darkness", Tashen's "PETER BEARD" and "The Adventures And Misadventures of Peter Beard in Africa". Before he said anything about the books and my apparent interest in Beard's work, he aggressively asked, "Are you a feminist?"
To which I replied, "Well yes, I believe we all should be feminists..."
Water is life. Water is my medium of choice. Water is my sanctuary. Water makes me happy. It also makes me calm which directly contributes to my emotional health & well-being. Being close to water allows me to tap into my mental capacity for greatness.
I have always felt this way. This past summer a mentor introduced me to a book called, "The Blue Mind," and this book gave me the scientific grounding to explain that which I was feeling on a soul level. I highly recommend giving this compendium of watery knowledge a read, it left me utterly satiated.
It seems only fitting that I start at the very beginning...My name is Jobi Manson. I am the founder and creative director of a company called, Sēfari. The name for this company is a fusion of the most powerful forces in my life, the Sea + Safari. Yeah, that's me on the right at Disney World, age 5. Back then I thought I was Indiana Jones. Not much has changed... I still think I am Indiana Jones. Oh, and yeah I wore aqua socks that made me look like I had the smallest feet ever.