Seed Life

Awareness for creative sustainability.

Janine Benyus, 12 sustainable design ideas from nature

11 February 2013

BIOMIMICRY by Delphine Saira Gomez

Biomimicry is an incredibly inspiring topic by Janine Benyus who describes how nature manages to create ‘without destroying the environment that sustains them’. Benyus shows us with examples how we can draw inspiration from the millions upon millions of ‘geniuses’ out there to help us live in a sustainable way. She calls us to question and explore, “How do we redesign the world that we make?, How does life make things?, How does life make the most of things?, How does life make things disappear into systems?”

I discovered that the underlying principle of these ‘geniuses’ is that ‘they’ are ‘specialists’. Evolution has given species the opportunity to better themselves to live in the most efficient way possible. They do this by focusing on a particular task that is crucial for not just their own survival but also as sustenance for the environment through a cycle of absorbtion and release of natural resources. The key point is that answers to the multitude of problems we face can be found by observing and learning from nature. This is something that is relevant to all of us from engineers to scientists, designers, innovators etc. to help us create and live in a way which enhances life rather than degrades. I question my role in the scheme of things… how do I create and live in a way that sustains the environment?

I look out the window and decide to go for a walk.   

#biomimicry #natural world #nature #environment #evolution #sustainability #genius #specialists #life

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

9 September 2013

'TEA WITH 'TENDRILITE' by Delphine Saira Gomez

In her sun spotted green garb, lithe and spindly, tea with ‘tendrilite’ helped me rediscover the joy of sketching, completely absorbed in the moment.

The words of artist, Rebecca Rebouche ring true that “being an artist makes you very present in your daily experiences because every place, person and emotion is a possible source of inspiration…and life feels very valuable.”

#sketches #tea #journal #nature

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

19 May 2015

'THE MORNING LIGHT' by Delphine Saira Gomez

I enjoy watching the play between light, shadow and textures. Although I am drawn to the bright lit areas, without shadow surfaces look flat and toneless. Does shadow help us to define depth and color? Light helps me to see where shadows lie so that I am able to appreciate the glowing beauty around me. Flowers and plants stretch up and out, sun saluting at snails pace.

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#1 Journal entry

26 May 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

My first journal entry for today. Soaking up the queer, mysterious and magical spaces I fill in the gaps and explore the ineffable through varied textures, hues, tones, patterns, colors, meandering, flowing lines creating form and depth. I continue my journey each day experiencing that mysterious thing…as Wordsworth describes,  "a presence that disturbs my mind with the joy of elevated thought".

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#2 Journal entry

27 May 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

The sun finally decided to make its appearance from behind the clouds… dappled in sunlight everything is seen to have a luminescence of their own.

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#3 Journal entry

28 May 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

Early morning clouds reflect the sunrise in hues of soft pastelly pinks, oranges and yellows. The tropical Raintrees greet the morning along with the ever familiar sights and sounds of various birds chirruping, tweeting, whistling…and squirrels foraging, scurrying and leaping along the branches. I see one pink blossom. Growing tall, large with their wild heads in diverse shades of green…such as green apples, grass, lemony green, olive, emerald…I can't help but gaze and stare at these gorgeous beauties.

I think that I shall never see

A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest

Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,

And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear

A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon which bosom snow has lain;

Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me

But only God can make a tree.

Poem by  Joyce Kilmer

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#4 Journal entry

8 June 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

Is too much never enough? It seems the more we 'possess', the more possessed we become building a legacy of consequences for ourselves and generations to come. The bad choices I make only reflect who I have become not who I am.

The bright green leaves continue to glow this cloudy morning reminding me that the space to be 'I am' is always open.

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#5 Journal entry

11 June 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

The news is rife with distressing environmental-social-economical-political issues with history repeating itself… A poem by Wordsworth comes to mind,

The world is too much with us; late and soon,

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;

Little we see in Nature that is ours;

We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!

Isnt it  time we create a new story!…with my journal I am able to keep believing in the newness of the world. So, for the pangolin seeming like the hunchback of Notre-Dame in a suit of armor, I wish that its scaly exterior served this creature more protection and, just like the mimosa-pudica creeper, we live with greater sensitivity.

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#6 Journal entry

12 June 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

The colour blue has a calming effect. ..of cool expansiveness, openness, introspective. In the tones of soft, sky blue, I think of rest, relaxation, kindness, compassion. Blue is the space to breathe in its calm silence; a space to be nourished and nourish in return. Today a personal 'moody' gives expression in blue...

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#7 Journal entry

15 June 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

The air is heavy…pensive. Moisture collects…the gathering of heavy clouds finally shower down in a gentle rain - without the dramatics of lighting and thunder. The drumming murmur of raindrops on our rooftop is soothing, calming almost dulling the senses to lull. In our garden, rivulets form, seeping into the earth, replenishing our plants and trees - a miniature water catchment. A gentle breeze tickles and teases dripping wet leaves reminding me of when we played in the rain - soaking wet, shivering cold, gleeful and happy…playing mud-balls with siblings and cousins, caked with mud from head to toe, showering in the pouring rain.

Sketch by Delphine Saira Gomez

#8 Journal entry

18 June 2015

'NATURE TRAILS' by Delphine Saira Gomez

A day in the life of squirrels and tree shrews…nimble, agile scampering creatures play, tease and forage for food in the trees, green  foliage and ever so often shrewdly stealing my cats food. I sit with my afternoon tea revelling in a game of stare as they finally take notice of me - sussing me out as foe or friend?

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