Pure voices and performance. Walking around the area and taking it in from a distance. This was my second concert and I loved it. Read more here.
Photos by: Felicia Yllenius
What a day! The most amazing sunshine and swimming in a lake with clear water coming from a well…warm from the beauty of it all taking the next step…into the Stockholm Music and Art Festival and CocoRosie. No camera! In the creativity of the moment I asked a very sweet young woman, Felicia Yllenius from Musicstage if I could use her photos. She said yes and let me make my own choice from her pictures. Thank you Felicia! Thank you so much for your generosity!
About 10 years ago I did a job in Paris for Elle Japan and never saw the magazine. So here are the polaroids, all I have left from that occasion. I do not remember the photographers name nor the stylist (this thing called memory!) but I do remember my relationship with Francois, a half Vietnamese, half French man, whom I was in love with then and that he was in the studio with me. The lead theme from the movie ”In the mood for Love” by Wong Kar-wai , was playing non-stop and set the mood for the pictures. The flowers were my love object. I remember the feeling of deep passion and have no idea how it came out in the pictures. The world of pictures and illusions! Now the rain stopped and I will leave the cafe where I`m sitting to see if there is a rainbow I can follow…
Ok I took a holiday from the blog! For one, the time with the Grandmothers was not allowed to be documented, all the ceremonies were just to be experienced within, which made it so much more precious. It was a real restful state to fall into, letting go of all social media and just be in the moment. Ceremonies and deep prayers around the sacred fire that connected me to my roots. Now I`m back here and I do have a few moments to share from my time with Grandmothers, some social time, our last day boat excursion…
Sacha, assistant to grandma Flordemayo from New Mexico, became my dear friend and we had an outing together the last day…walking down to the water at Tantofeeling the joy of the friendship and having my camera with me againWe met a friend of mine, Peter and had a ride in his car, stopped by a park and had a wild disco moment. Oh it was great to dance! Sunset over the waterThe next day we all had sightseeing with the Grandmothers…here grandma Pauline from New Zealandand the two of us. I was honoured to be Swedish grandma, which I am.Grandma Beatrice Long Visitor Holy Dance from Oglala Dakota. She had never been on a boat before. Neither had her elder sister Rita Long Visitor Holy Dance from Oglala Dakota and her son Nathan.The sacred fire was burning for 7 days and kept by a fire keeping team. The fire was initiated at the Clarion hotel, Skanstull, on a terrace and after grandmothers 3 days of closed council it was moved to a park opposite the hotel, for the 4 days of open council. Clarion were hosting the event with an open heart, they fully understood the deep beauty and importance of it. The only purpose for these old grandmothers, the honoured wise elders from indigenous cultures around mother Earth, to do this extensive tiresome travels, is to unite wisdom, friendship, love, knowledge, wholeness, understanding…to heal the planet…for us all to know what a precious Earth we have in our care…the mother who feeds us all. She needs our love. We need to love ourselves and each others to know how to. It`s all co-creation.That is fashion! I wish i could have shown you all the ceremonial garments they wore and especially grandma Agnes, 90. Her robes could be a whole fashion story. Thank you! I keep you all in my heart and memory.
The best place to be right now is with the Grandmothers at Clarion hotel. No drinks but we are all drunk on Love from their golden hearts and prayers by the sacred fire. This event takes place in the middle of the city. There is a fire all night and day all through july 14. And today is a special event for the youth as well. At 10.30-12.30 there is a youth conference where Daniel Luthman is speaking as well as everyones voice can be heard. Be very welcome!