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Back… Back?

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

I’m back! Well at least I hope so! I’ve been really busy the last months and completely neglected my blog… My news? An amazing trip to Italy: Val Camonica, Cinque Terre, Lucca, Pisa, Florence… You should visit Cinque Terre, it’s an absolutely amazing part of the Earth:

Cinque Terre

In the meanwhile I’ve created many new disability awareness posters and t-shirts with a bunch of new slogans like “Disability poses no limits to sport“, “Disability poses no limits to sex“, “Help disabled kids reach their potential“… My new disability awareness calendar 2009 is on its way too:

Disability Awareness Calendar 2009

Some new environmental posters too: “Teach children to respect and conserve our natural resources (Then make sure you practice what you preach!)”:

Environmental poster

A new Green Calendar 2009 is on its way too, with a mixture of old and new designs about gas conservation, going green and the natural world. Lots of people liked and bought my environmental calendar last year, so I hope I’ll make some more walls green and cheerful this year!

Green Calendar 2009

Don’t hesitate to send me your ideas and feedback, I’m there to create what YOU are looking for!

New environmental design

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Green slogan “Relax in nature, enjoy nature, explore nature, appreciate nature”.

Green Design

Green Design - Tote Bag

Green Design - Wall clock

This design is part of a series of ecological and human rights designs I started creating in September 2007:

Live Green, Love Green, Think Green, Dream GreenMake Peace, Restore Peace, Preserve Peace, Love Peace by Ina MarHelp Children, Protect Children, Educate Children, Love Children“Remain young: Keep learning, stay active, stay positive, enjoy life” by Ina MarRelax in nature, enjoy nature, explore nature, appreciate nature

Rodin Eternal Idol: new wheat variations

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Here is my first wheat variation on Rodin’s Eternal Idol:

Ina Mar - Homage to Rodin - Eternal Idol, Variation Wheat

I had the idea in 2002, started creating it, left it for some years, then finished it 2005. Rather neutral tones with some colour touches: brown, gold, black, some white and light purple, creme, light yellow, a couple of green touches and a little bit of color work up in the top right corner. The wheat texture is more concentrated on the woman’s breasts, the man’s face and the woman’s belly, to put the accent on the moment of the kiss and on erotism. His chest and her torso are well defined with shadows. The man’s body is mixed with dead leaves and wrapped paper textures, to give it a “rigid” aspect. On the top right corner, I put an intense light, to symbolize strong feelings that make all thoughts “vanish” during the erotic act.

My “Eternal Idol” variations play with the notion of eternal versus the notion of seasonal. They address the conflicting relationship between the notion of sculpture as permanent and tangible and the seasonal lanscape as a symbol of perpetual change. The “eternal” idol is thus transformed into a living, changing object while the “seasonal” landscape is petrified into an unchangeable eternity. Wheat fields in summer, rapeseed fields in spring, dead leaves in autumn, icy lakes in winter – those elements transform Rodin’s Eternal Idol into a chameleon, an Idol in Eternal Change.

As commissioned by a client, I am now trying to create a horizontal wheat variation. I came up with the following four variations, but I am having difficulties choosing only one (as “official” version…). In order of creation:

Ina Mar - Homage to Rodin - Eternal Idol, Variation Wheat
This one has more yellow tones, more intense colours than the vertical version. It’s 12x16in / 30x40cm.

Ina Mar - Homage to Rodin - Eternal Idol, Variation Wheat
This one is intense yellow and warm brown, with more contrast and more defined edges. 12x16in / 30x40cm.

Ina Mar - Homage to Rodin - Eternal Idol, Variation Wheat
I think this one is my favorite. The tones are more neutral, there is a wraped paper work in the woman’s genitalia part, some blue-green touches, warm tones. It is almost square (40x45cm / 16x18in) and the man’s chest is complete.

Ina Mar - Homage to Rodin - Eternal Idol, Variation Wheat
This one is pretty similar to no3, same dimensions, with a bit of colour work up in the top right corner.

I appreciate any comments and feedback!

Biosphere Reserve Rhön: pics, artworks, information on biosphere reserves

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Here are some pictures of the Biosphere Rhön, I took them in May 2006 during a visit to the Unsleben Castle:

Bel Phos - The Biosphere Reserve Rhön, Germany, May 2006
Bel Phos – “The Biosphere Reserve Rhön”, Germany, May 2006


Rhone Biosphere by Bel Phos
Bel Phos – “Wheatgrass and rapeseed field”, Rhone Biosphere Reserve, Germany


And some of my Rodin “Eternal Idol” variations on the Biosphere Reserve Rhön, “Variation Rapeseed” and “Variation Wheat 2”:

Ina Mar - Hommage to Rodin's Eternelle Idole - Variation Rapeseed

Ina Mar - Hommage to Rodin's Eternelle Idole - Variation Wheat 2


These two works represent the Spring. Green wheatgrass and rape seed in early spring at the Biosphere Reserve Rhön is encrusted into “The Eternal Idol”. A biosphere reserve is a natural monument, enduring seasonal changes. A sculpture is a human artistic achievement, eternal as indicated by its name. By mixing them, I attempt to endow the Rhön Reserve with an aspect of stability and eternity and to give the Rodin sculpture chameleon qualities. The result is a harmonic relation, where Human Nature embraces Mother Nature and vice versa.


What are biosphere reserves?

Biosphere reserves are sites recognized under UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme which innovate and demonstrate approaches to conservation and sustainable development. They are of course under national sovereign jurisdiction, yet share their experience and ideas nationally, regionally and internationally within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. There are 529 sites worldwide in 105 countries.

Biosphere reserves are much like laboratories where new and optimal practices to manage nature and human activities are tested and demonstrated. They outpace traditional confined conservation zones, combining core protected areas with zones where sustainable development is fostered by local dwellers and enterprises. Their governance systems are often highly innovative. In some cases, new legislation can be introduced. Biosphere reserves have three inter-connected functions:
* Conservation: landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation
* Development: economic and human and culturally adapted
* Logistic support: research, monitoring, environmental education and training

They generate knowledge and experience which can be used in the wider land and seascape. They are tools to help countries implement the results of the WSSD and in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Ecosystem Approach. They are “learning sites” for the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development.

© UNESCO (Text found in official Unesco site on January 3, 2008)

In Germany there are today 13 biosphere reserves:

  1. Flusslandschaft Elbe
    [site is in German, More information on Unesco site]
  2. Vessertal-Thüringen Forest
    [More information on Unesco site]
  3. Berchtesgaden Alps
    [More information on Unesco site]
  4. Wadden Sea and Hallig Islands of Schleswig-Holstein
    [site is in German, More information on Unesco site]
  5. Schorfheide-Chorin
    [site is in German, More information on Unesco site]
  6. Spreewald
    [More information on Unesco site]
  7. Rügen
    [site in German, More information on Unesco site]
  8. Rhön
    [More information on Unesco site]
  9. Waddensea of Lower Saxony
    [More information on Unesco site]
  10. Waddensea of Hamburg
    [More information on Unesco site]
  11. Oberlausitzer Heide- und Teichlandschaft
    [site is in German, More information on Unesco site]
  12. Schaalsee
    [site is in German, More information on Unesco site]
  13. Vosges du Nord / Pfälzerwald, transboundary reserve France/Germany
    [More information on Unesco site or on official French site]

Buy this green calendar with photos of the Rhone Biosphere Reserve:

Biosphere Reserve Rhone Vertical Wall Calendar Biosphere Reserve Rhone Wall Calendar

New “Homage to Rodin’s Eternal Idol” variation

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Homage to Rodin’s Eternal Idol - Variation Green Field

Here’s a new botanical variation for my “Homage to Rodin” series. As requested by many of you, I am now adding some horizontal variations. Click on the picture to see the printing and framing options.

This variation is mixing the Rodin kissing couple (The Eternal Idol, 1889) with botanical elements, namely a green grass field in the Rhön Biosphere Reserve in Germany (Biosphärenreservat Rhön). I visited the Rhone Biosphere Reserve in May 2006, really exceptional landscape:

Rhone Biosphere by Bel Phos

Visit the official Rhön Biosphere Reserve web site for more information.

Now working on a horizontal wheat variation…

New environmental design: “Recycle Christmas Tree”

Sunday, December 23rd, 2007

My latest after-Christmas design is this recycling sign on a Christmas tree with the slogan “Real tree huggers recycle their Christmas tree”. I rotated the oval some 10-20 degrees to the left, to give some “dynamism” to the design, then used three different tones of green, rather neutral greens, to differentiate the font and graphic elements. The sign overlaps the tree there where there are arrows, and the tree overlaps the sign in all other areas; this way both elements are absolutely visible and at the same time mixed into one new unique element: the recycled tree. I used this cute font called “Advert” by Richard William Mueller, I like its curvy lines…

I found some interesting information about recycled Christmas trees and eco-benefits of Christmas tree farms in Care2 (the article is called “Green Christmas Trees“), not only about composting and mulching old Christmas trees, but also other ideas and uses I had never thought about! Like using Christmas trees as erosion barriers on beaches and lakes, sinking them into private lakes to provide refuge for fish, placing the old Christmas tree in a private yard as a shelter for birds… Well just check out the design and give me your feedback!

Recycle Christmas Tree Women's Long Sleeve T-Shirt