Friends of Trees // #1: Valentine Raeman
We’ve teamed up with 5 inspiring creatives from across the globe to introduce our very first YKRA KIDS line co-designed with artist Anna Kövecses: THE FRIENDS OF TREES - THE REFORESTATION MOVEMENT Collection!
We’ve asked each guest to help us raise awareness through their own artistic lense, while educating children and youth about deforestation, and the importance of protecting our forests.
In the first edition of our mini-series, follow photographer Valentine Raeman (@valentineraeman) & her kids while they hang out at their favorite forest spot with the SCOUT backpack!
Tell us a little about yourself! (Where are you from? What do you do? etc.)
I’m Valentine, 37 years old and I live near Antwerp (Belgium). I work in a centre for arts where I organise all sorts of activities for kids and families. I also work part-time as a photographer.
Why did you choose this tree (or/and the location too)? Why is this special to you?
The kids love any tree they can climb into or which they can make a camp around. This tree is located in a nature reserve near our home. It’s our favorite place to go when we have a free afternoon. When we were taking these pictures, we had the company of the Galloway cows who live there in the wild. It was amazing!
If you were a tree, what a tree you would be and why? :)
I’d love to be an olive tree. Preferably one standing in a Sicilian orchard and looking over the sea :) It seems like the most calming idea ever.
Check out the whole collection here