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Jelena Krivokapić + Nastasija Franklin

“Stop talking, start planting!“

Nastasija Franklin  

My name is Nastasia Franklin. I was born on April 5, 1998. in London, UK. I spent most of my childhood in Belgrade, where I grew up and attended school. I went to the School of Packaging Design. From a young age, my biggest game was cooking. When I became a vegetarian at the age of 14 out of the need not to eat fast food all the time, I developed a great love for cooking and started cooking every day. After Designer I spent a summer in India with Jelena volunteering. The different and new tastes of India made me realize that I want to be a professional cook. So that year I enrolled in a culinary course in wine and food at the Leiths School of Food and Wine in London where I received a culinary degree. After the course, I worked in a restaurant that specializes in seasonal cooking in London, in the French confectionery Ms. Mirkov in Zemun, in a traditional Italian food kitchen in Siena, Italy, and currently works in HelloFresh's photo studio in Berlin, where I make recipes. From all these experiences, I realized how much I love to learn about different cultures, traditions, recipes, the identity of countries… and decided that I want to study anthropology. With the idea that one day I can combine my knowledge that I already have about cooking and my future knowledge that I will have after college and move more to analytics, research, writing and recording food and what it means in culture or individual. I was admitted to Goldsmiths in London, where I have been studying BA Anhropology and Visual Practice since September. I adore nature and my biggest mission in life is  to pollute it as little as possible and how can I contribute to it. My view of the world works, don't talk about it, and every problem has a solution. My favorite tree is cherry, because cherry is my favorite fruit and because it has pink flowers and pink is my favorite color. In my free time I like to swim, walk, ride a bike, hang out, make artificial food, draw, read and write. My favorite word is peanuts and I'm an old punk at heart.

 

Jelena Krivokapić
I was born on February 15, 1996 in Belgrade, where I grew up. Near BIGZ, so my first outings were in the Waiting Room at the top, which unfortunately is no more.
I graduated from the School of Design with a degree in interior design and industrial products. Then I enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture, where in 2018 I completed my basic academic studies. A year later I won a DAAD scholarship and started a master's degree - World Heritage Studies at the Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus, Germany. I am currently writing a master thesis on the topic of folk beliefs related to the elements of the house and household of eastern Serbia.
In addition to writing my master's thesis, I am an assistant professor in the Department of Architectural Conservation, completing a six-month internship at Publishing For Development, a UNESCO World Heritage Review Assistant, and part of the Youth Ambassador program run by Europa Nostra and ESACH.
I'm also working on a small team instangram project called 195flavors.
In 2020, just before the outbreak of the epidemic, I was on a short internship at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of the City of Belgrade.
In 2019, I was part of the team that worked on the preparation of the Mixer Festival: Circulars, as well as the Young Balkan Designers competition - Circular Design.
I was part of many volunteer actions, in Serbia and abroad.
"Thanks" to the crown and online studies in two years in Germany, I lived a little in Cottbus, a little in Munich, then in Hamburg, was regularly in Berlin and finally ended up in Mannheim. All this would have been even better if my pet Ava (dog) had been with me.

Seed: The Life of Trisnja

Project Seed: The Life of Trisnja (created by combining the names of the sour cherry as visnja and sweet cherry as tresnja) is an interactive workshop on circular economy that aims to inform the public and increase their understanding of the concept. Additionally, Nastasija Franklin and Jelena Krivokapić aim to stimulate a sustainable, creative, healthy future and to inspire the creation of similar, circular economy driven projects. Along with education, they want to emphasise the importance of cross-sector collaboration and support. The united work between individuals, society, public and private sector is the way to successfully move forward. As an example, their project illustrates the partnership between us as individuals, society, factories and cold stories as the private sector, and Belgrade City Park as the public sector. A series of workshops will be held during which visitors can make their own therapeutic pillows filled with trišnja seeds. The seeds emit warmth when heated up and even smell amazing! For each handmade pillow, visitors are asked to give a donation, which will, later on, be used to purchase the seedling trišnja trees. Donations will be communicated freely and uncensored to the public. As a means of promoting public awareness of society's right to be informed. At the peak and closer of this project is the action of planting trišnja trees. In a symbolic way, the plantation serves as a calling to action rather than merely an invitation to talk. It shouts loudly: "Stop talking, start planting! Move!"

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

The common language of young people is our movement, the opportunity to run fast, dive deep, play late and get up tomorrow at 7 am. 

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

It looks like this:

- idea

- brainstorming 

- plan and organization

- usually something goes wrong

- spontaneity and resourcefulness

- fight against not giving up

- not giving up 

- finished work

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

Realize the idea to the end, regardless of the challenges during the creation process. And a bad product teaches us something.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

We are all artists in some way. From mathematicians, bakers to sculptors ... at the end of the day we are all creative beings.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

We have no need to escape, because we use everyday life as inspiration. But yes, we like to go dusk sometimes and neglect everyday life for a couple of hours.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

Having a vision and be consistent.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

It depends on which winds are blowing.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

Uncompromising tracking of dreams and ideas.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

DIY

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

The conceptual and creative process is a part of us, which occasionally comes out depending on good timing and motivation.