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Incredible Patterns in Nature

With nature as his canvas, Simon Beck creates works of transcendent beauty. Beck is a British nature artist who draws breathtaking artworks in snow and sand. His meticulously patterned tracks are each perfectly timed and designed using not much more than a compass, grid paper, and either snowshoes or a rake.

“I love creating art, engraving it into nature and sharing it with people” – Simon Beck

Respect Nature.
Simon is the first partner in Icebreaker’s #ArtOfNature seasonal collaboration with artists who respect nature, work in nature, and use objects found in nature. Beck’s intricate, gigantic, awe-inspiring snow and sand drawings have been captured as designs on Icebreaker merino wool to symbolize our commitment to the environment and to helping solve climate change. A portion of the proceeds from the collection will also be donated to Protect Our Winters, an environmental non-profit group dedicated to raising awareness around the impact of climate change.

Simon Beck mapping design Photo credit: Alex Buschor

Simon Beck mapping design Photo credit: Alex Buschor

 

Work in Nature.
Working for 5-10 hours a day, Beck creates artworks that are typically the size of three soccer fields. The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that make stunning designs when viewed from higher levels. Beck starts by measuring outwards from the center of his pieces, forming straight lines by using a compass and walking directly towards a point in the distance. When the primary straight lines and curves have been made, points are measured along them, using pace counting for distance measurement, and the shaded areas are filled in.

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Beck’s incredible snow patterns can take up to three days to complete, and require trudging through up to 25cm of snow in snowshoes. The designs only last a couple of days before fresh snow falls, laying a blank canvas over the finished work. Most of Beck’s designs are created on frozen lakes in Les Arcs, France, where local skiers can spot them from the chairlifts, but can’t ski over them. This Icebreaker-inspired merino ram’s horn was created at Bachalp Lake in the Swiss Alps. More here.

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Beck recently started to explore other landscapes for his art, including sand. He uses a rake to draw the darker shades and, just as with his snow art, the designs exists for a limited time only. Typically as he is putting the finishing touches on an awe-inspiring sand artwork, it’s washed away by the tide. Last week, Beck spent nearly six hours on the beaches of Maori Bay raking out this brilliant rosette for our #‎ArtOfNature‬ Collection.‬

 

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Photos: Rafael Bonatto.

Check out the designs and shop the Simon Beck collection.

Trekking Today, Training for Tomorrow

On 26th October Kiwi architect Rebecca Cox started out on a life changing adventure – to walk the entire length of New Zealand to raise $60,000 for Oxfam’s Rural Training Centre Project. The charity funds will provide the people of rural Vanuatu with cyclone proof shelters and upskilling residents for the future.

Rebecca began her trek at Cape Reinga and will travel the Araro Trail – a 3,000 kilometer journey made up of 130 tracks that ends in Bluff. She’ll be bracing the elements wearing Icebreaker gear during her entire 5 month expedition, ending in April 2015. She’ll carry a satellite tracker with her on the trek and her progress will be able to be seen online here.

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“The centres are long-term investments in the community, as an architect I’m interested in creating buildings that add value and are sustainable so this project is something I am passionate about. The centres provide not only education for young people but also act as a safe haven for local people to shelter during a cyclone as they are often the only cyclone-proof building in the village,” says Rebecca.

Please join us in supporting Rebecca’s inspirational challenge here.

Have you been up a mountain, down a waterfall, or around the world in your Icebreaker? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us about your Icebreaker adventures and share your views, questions, and suggestions about our gear. Email us now at sm@icebreaker.com, share on Instagram and Twitter with #ShareYourNature and @Icebreakernz, or simply comment on our posts.

New Addition to the Icebreaker Flock

“I went docking on my friend’s farm recently and, of course, I came home with an orphaned lamb. After being separated from the flock at mustering, she got stuck in a boggy mud and was near dead from hunger. The farm had its quota of pet lambs for the season, so she came home with me – and I named her Betty.  Everyone thinks I’m mad, but as soon as they meet her, they become quite fond of the little woolly creature.

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Because she’s only a few week old and needs feeding every four hours, Betty comes to work with me – and she’s a hit. The Icebreaker crew really enjoys having her around – there’s often a line to feed her! A lot of kids come in to meet her too.

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At night Betty trots around on my deck, then cuddles up with me on the couch, before skipping off to her wee bed in the shed.  It’s not a bad life for a lamb, better than staying in that bog anyway. When she is big enough to look after herself she’ll head back out to the farm.

Just like Icebreaker, I believe in the humane treatment of all animals (learn more about Icebreaker’s ethics here). Betty has a pen with hay and natural light. She also gets to wander around on grass each morning, lunchtime and evening. I just wanted to share a bit about her wee life to date – hope you enjoy her as much as I do!”

- Katy McLean, Icebreaker In-House Producer