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Essence of Life

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It’s September, so I’ve been working on my group’s Halloween costumes. As always, I turned to the internet for ideas. I figured out what we were doing pretty quickly, but costuming isn’t a rabbit hole out of which I can easily climb. After a few hours of browsing, I stumbled across the fantastic creations by Fraise au Loup Costumes on Etsy, and positively squealed with delight. And when I read about their work with the Essence of Life climate change awareness project, I was even more enamored.

Organized by a creative collective known as Free Spirit, the Essence of Life project focuses on the alarming global and weather changes which are a direct result of humanity’s abuse of the planet. Thus far, they have done campaigns addressing deforestation and the alarming rate at which our glaciers are melting. The visually-stunning projects use gorgeous collaborations among a wide variety of artists and creatives, including dancers, designers, artists, and photographers.

“Our aim is to focus attention, educate the younger generation, and unite as many people as possible for a cause which concerns us all. We highlight the consequences and the dangers related to global warming, climate change, and dramatic impact of human being[s] on nature.”

-About The Essence of Life Project

You can follow Fraise au Loup Costumes on Etsy and Instagram, and you can read more about the Essence of Life project on their website.

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @gracealmera Model : @mariemenuge Costume : @fraiseauloup MUA : @lauragaloyermua Hair : @louisca__ #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #phoenix

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our first project was about the melting glaciers issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to Iceland in September 2017 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be powerful so we use art to deliver our messages. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 1ère étape de ce projet est la fonte des glaciers. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en Islande pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Melting Glaciers' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @audric_larose_artphotographer Model : @harleyrubis Costume : @fraiseauloup #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #diamondbeach #iceland #islande #glaciers #blacksandbeach #saveourplanet #travelers #jokulsarlon #vik #icecave #reddress

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @gracealmera Model : @eugene_ll_modele Costume : @fraiseauloup #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #phoenix

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our first project was about the melting glaciers issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to Iceland in September 2017 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be powerful so we use art to deliver our messages. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 1ère étape de ce projet est la fonte des glaciers. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en Islande pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Melting Glaciers' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @audric_larose_artphotographer Model : @mariaamanda_official Costume : @fraiseauloup MUA : @lauragaloyermua #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #diamondbeach #iceland #islande #glaciers #blacksandbeach #saveourplanet #travelers #jokulsarlon #vik #icecave

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew has launched a new campaign called "The Essence of Life" to raise awareness about climate change. Through an artistic approach, we bring attention to the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @sonja_saur_photography Model : @aglaops Costume : @fraiseauloup Mua : @lauragaloyermua Hair : @louisca__ #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #arbre

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew has launched a new campaign called "The Essence of Life" to raise awareness about climate change. Through an artistic approach, we bring attention to the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @sonja_saur_photography Model : @mariemenuge @claraalliaga Myriam Bouskour Costume : @fraiseauloup Mua : @lauragaloyermua @emilieguo_mua Hair : @louisca__ #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #saveourplanet #planet #climatechange #saveoutfuture #earth #bethechange #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #arbre

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew has launched a new campaign called "The Essence of Life" to raise awareness about climate change. Through an artistic approach, we bring attention to the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @sonja_saur_photography Model : @aglaops Costume : @fraiseauloup Mua : @lauragaloyermua Hair : @louisca__ #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #arbre

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our first project was about the melting glaciers issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to Iceland in September 2017 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be powerful so we use art to deliver our messages. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 1ère étape de ce projet est la fonte des glaciers. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en Islande pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Melting Glaciers' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @audric_larose_artphotographer Model : @alleysimora Costume : @fraiseauloup MUA : @lauragaloyermua #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #diamondbeach #iceland #islande #glaciers #blacksandbeach #saveourplanet #travelers #jokulsarlon #vik #icecave

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our second project was about the deforestation issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to France in Summer 2018 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be a powerful tool to deliver our messages about climate change and our negative impact on nature. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 2eme étape de ce projet est la Deforestation. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en France pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Deforestation' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @gracealmera Model : @kaamorastreya Costume : @kaamorastreya MUA : @lauragaloyermua #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #forests #trees #saveourtrees #deforestation #regreentheplanet #saveourplanet #treeoflife #arbres #iloveforest #phoenix

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Our artistic collective, Free Spirit @freespiritcrew , launched a climate change and environmental issue campaign called "The Essence of Life". Through an artistic approach, we highlight the main environmental issues by travelling accross the globe. Our first project was about the melting glaciers issue. 15 members of our team, all volunteers, went to Iceland in September 2017 in order to create amazing photos and videos. We think that visual art can be powerful so we use art to deliver our messages. —– Notre collectif artistique Free Spirit @freespiritcrew a créé le projet The Essence of Life. The projet est une campagne de sensibilisation sur l'impact de l Homme sur l environnement et le réchauffement climatique. La 1ère étape de ce projet est la fonte des glaciers. 15 membres de notre équipe sont allés en Islande pour traiter artistiquement de cette thématique. Retrouvez le projet sur le site officiel : www.theessenceoflife.org 'The Essence Of Life' project Climate change awareness campaign 'Melting Glaciers' Created by @freespiritcrew Photo : @anya_anti_art Model : @mariaamanda_official Costume : @fraiseauloup MUA : @lauragaloyermua #theessenceoflife #environmentissues #freespirit #globalwarming #globalwarm #meltingglaciers #planet #climatechange #philantrophy #earth #brokenearth #environmentcampaign #awarenesscampaign #raisingawareness #ourplanet #thinkfuture #costumedesigner #diamondbeach #iceland #islande #glaciers #blacksandbeach #creativespirit #travelers #jokulsarlon #vik #icecave

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

10 thoughts on “Essence of Life

  1. This is a real ‘keeper’ to go back and look at many times. They are beautiful. I also enjoyed the music. Is that a ‘new age’ keyboard type instrument? What a great way to start the day = thanks. — Hal

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  2. Well…what about the birds that lost their feathers?

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    • That is a good point. I know that many of the largest, most decorative feathers (ostrich, peacock, pheasant, etc) are supposed to be collected only when the birds molt, but there’s no way to tell for sure if they have been harvested legally.

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  3. Oh my goodness, Donna–take your breath away beautiful.

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  4. Wow! Makes me wish I celebrated Hallowe’en.

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  5. I love everything about this: the costumes are spectacular, the photography is stunning, and their mission is fantastic and laudable.

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