On the summer solstice 2012, I embark on a new adventure. I have spent the last four years preparing for the moment I could make a permanent move to my beloved La Figuera, in the Montsant region of Spain's Tarragona province. The abandoned olive farm we purchased, named C'an Do, is well in to renovations, the olive trees producing once again, the little stone cottage close to habitation. The dream is being realized.
Part of any dream is the day to day sustaining of it. Dreams are free. Making dreams a reality comes at a price. As an artist, I am always seeking new ways to manage my life, employing the tools of my trade. For the past five years I have been developing a line of one-of-a-kind wearables, under the label sarasutton. The explorations and adventures I've had in creating this label have been extraordinary: meeting fantastic people who have championed my work, searching for new ideas and materials in my travels, keeping the creative brainwaves flowing. And I believe that due to this engagement, this constant search for new possibility, I was receptive to the bounty the Priorat countryside has to offer. From first meeting remarkable friends, like Cristina and Waldo, who own the fabulous Cal Llop hotel in Gratallops , and having the unique pleasure of of learning about the art of wine making from adventurous souls like Fredi Torres, of Saó del Coster, it has been an adventure. Finding a landing spot while renovating our stone house, living in the amazing, tiny village of La Figuera, we happened upon L'Ermita, and have been nesting in the first floor apartment. A genius move really, because it has allowed us to become part of our village, meet great friends, like our neighbors Montse and Jaume of Ficaria Vins. Truly a remarkable experience. Becoming part of any community is the first step to making change fruitful. Because I am so very comfortable here, thanks in great part to the fore mentioned friends, my eyes and, more importantly, my heart is open. The wheels are turning.
And so, walking through the countryside upon my permanent arrival May 2012, I saw clearly the bounty. Spring was in profusion, the countryside side awash with wild red poppies, the green of the grapevine shimmering in the sun, the bright yellow caps of the Helichrysum stoechas. In a flash I felt the need to harvest what I saw, and began making infusions, teas if you will, by placing the flora in 5L glass jars purchased at the Spanish equivalent of The Dollar Store, the Asia Bazaar. (Love those stores!). And what came out of the baths in those first experiments left me speechless. In a frenzy I started experimenting with everything I could find on walks through the countryside. That led to keeping a journal of my discoveries. From there I began forming garments, which led me to this moment, establishing a brand that could tell the story, Colores del Priorat. So stay tuned for daily updates as I continue to explore what each month offers. Already in sight: the almonds and figs in August. Preliminary results are proving exciting!