“Spy” for Psychedelic – Daniela Nusitz, aka Kornera about her art making

Kornera - detail

Daniela Isabela Nusitz (aka Kornera), a half Hungarian and half Gran Canarian artist is one of the oldest friends of Camino Art Hostel. She knows our story from the beginning and had been visited events for many years. We were happy to invite her to exhibit her psychedelic art doodles on the “Find love” exhibition in November, 2018.  We asked her about creating art, and about the arty scene of Gran Canaria.

 

Camino: When did you start to create? What do you create? What is the form of your art?

Daniela: I started to draw fantasy worlds and things that were far from reality already in the early years of elementary school. I like to use many different techniques, colour pencils, ink, black pens, acrylic paint. And often I use many of them at once, combined.

Camino: What is the process of your psychedelic doodling? Do you have an idea before you start? Or it just goes with the flow and the spontaneous imagination?

Daniela: Generally, when I am not doing an ordered job I just let spontaneous thoughts and inspirations find me, which might arrive while travelling on the bus, or sitting on a boring mathematics class so I just start to draw. Or I try to create the forms from an interesting dream. These days I make more art inspired by anatomic or natural shapes and forms, and I add my fantasy world while drawing. Usually, I don’t plan, I just follow my inspiration and the flow of creating.

Camino: How can you fit art making in your daily life?

Daniela: Sometimes it happens that I got so occupied with the daily job that I can’t even touch the brushes for half a year. I wish I had time all the time to make art, I could have so many art pieces! But still, I have a sketchbook with me all the time, so when I have a moment, or I have finished with my daily tasks I can draw any time even at my work, or on the bus. I used to work in a tattoo salon when I had much more time for art, and I could spend more time with graphic design and drawing.

Camino: What do you think about the art scene, art making, arty inspiration on Gran Canaria? What is your experience? How do you see the art scene on the island?

Daniela: I live in the south, a little bit isolated from cultural happenings. Most of the time I have to work. Here in the south, there is not really an audience for art, especially not for psychedelic art. It seems that they are more realistic and are more interested in traditional local art.

Camino: You know Camino Art Hostel for a longer time, how do you feel about this place?

Daniela: I know the hostel from the beginning when it was still located in Hoya de Pineda. There are several programs and cultural events in the hostel time to time, and if I have time, I love to participate, I especially like live concerts and exhibitions. I know Bea and her son Benji for a longer time, so I really like to visit the hostel, and there is always a chance to get to know new people and artists.

To see Daniela’s artwork please visit her facebook page: Kornera

What we do

After running Camino Art Hostel for a few years now, we realized that we don’t need to save the whole world. It is enough to make a little change at once, and the best way is education and showing a good example.

Here is what we do to make a better world.

Selective Garbage

We separate plastic, metal, paper and glass garbage. If we pay a good attention on the selection we have very small amount of regular waste left. Starting from 15th January 2019, we have a special program: we are not collecting the trash from the guests. They need to take care of their own garbage and take it away when they check out. The purpose of this program is to raise awareness of the trash situation in general.

We don’t use garbage bags. We prefer to carry the garbage to the large containers in a separate bag that we clean time to time. The bins are also cleaned often.

Compost

We separate raw leftover or not usable food to make our own compost in the garden.

Shopping/NON-shopping

We offer bags/re-usable plastic bags for our guests to do their shopping. We keep these bags to use them again and again. We try not to buy trash: avoid those items in the store that end up in the containers just after you arrive home from shopping.

Recycling

We recycle almost everything we find thrown out by the garbage containers: old furniture, wood, glass bottles, boxes, palettes, etc. We use these materials to make seating or fun areas on the land, or turn them into an art piece.

Natural soap

We use chemical free soap for laundry. Since we use the washing machine a lot, it is important to avoid chemicals and artificial materials.

Cleaning liquid

We use vinegar, sodium bicarbonate and lemon to clean the kitchen and the bathrooms. The lemon usually comes from our own land.

Beach Cleaning

Time to time we organize beach cleaning on the island. It is not only cleaning up, it is also having fun together and playing, swimming and enjoying.

Drinking water

We use the traditional water filter made of lime stone. This is a very practical and natural way of cleaning the water. Please fill up your water bottle from our filtered water deposit. If you don’t have a water bottle please ask for one!

Your little trashy things –aka– meet your wake up call

We really try our best to make you happy. We serve you. We cheer you up. We put you into bed. We clean after you (and before you). We listen to you. We do love you and … we collect your trash.

Days after days we collect your trash, we separate them, we put them in a bag to carry them to the containers. We do all these with our hands.

trash
Plastic trash

Since October 2018 we don’t use garbage bags at Camino Art Hostel. It is just nonsense to buy plastic bags, to throw them out – at least 5 of them daily. Instead, we collect the garbage in little containers and carry them to the selective bin containers in a large shopping bag that we clean afterwards. But wait a minute. What does this whole thing mean? It means that we, the staff of Camino Art Hostel are conscious of the garbage issue. But we kindly invite you too to be part of the conscious trash culture.

Starting from 15th of January we are NOT COLLECTING your trash!

When you check into Camino Art Hostel you will receive a decomposing plastic bag with your name. This will be your personal trash storage. We kindly ask you to collect all your trash in your personal bag and take it with you when you check out.

You won’t find garbage bins at the hostel (except the one in the bathroom for the toilet paper and other small things) neither ashtrays.

No, we don’t do this to upset you. We would just like to raise awareness on the topic. We truly hope you will pay more attention to the trash situation in the hostel, and maybe later in your daily life.

The trash situation is fatal on the planet. We need to make definite steps, and we need radical change. WE MUST STOP PRODUCING TRASH! We need to learn how to exist without SPENDING MONEY ON TRASH! This is the first step. When we have learned this, we can start the cleaning up.

What can you do?

– you can leave your trash in the hostel anyway – we understand that you might get upset because we deprived you of the comfort of collecting your personal garbage. It is ok. We WILL CLEAN AFTER YOU
– you can collect your garbage in the bag provided and put all of it in the general waste container just in front of our building (the green container by the bus stop)
– you can collect your garbage, take it with you, and put them separately into the selective garbage containers on your way to your next location

This project will find people who highly disagree with the idea of collecting personal trash. But we truly hope that there will be more, who will understand the main purpose of the idea and will actually take it as an experiment: how much garbage they produce in a few days.

We will keep collecting the compost which will be a big help for you (just for the record: we produce about 20 litres of compost, about 5 litres of general waste, 20 litres of glasses and papers, and about 40 litres of plastic and metal garbage A DAY in our little 22-bed hostel. when we are more or less 70% full.

We are looking forward to sharing this unique experience with you, and we hope to see you co-operate and use this experiment for your moral growth.

THE MUSE IS CALLING – ARTIST RESIDENCY 2019

Dears!

We are happy to invite you to

Camino Art Hostel to create.

We are located in Vega de San Mateo (Gran Canaria, Spain) Our building is the first in the town (let’s say the edge of the town), and luckily we have an amazing valley just at our entrance.

This year as for a few years now, we are happy to host you in our off season period. You are very welcome to arrive from mid-March until mid-October any time for a 10-20 days creative holiday.

If you are an artist who is looking for a quiet place, or inspiration to make art, or one who needs time and tranquillity to finish a project, please consider to spend some time at our place.

 

We invite you to make art!

 

 

What you will get:

Accommodation for free for about 2-3 weeks in shared room. You have the opportunity to book one of our private room for half price (for the summer period the total fee for private room is 33€). These rooms fit for two person (double bed).

Access for basic food so you can prepare your meals. (Basic foods are: coffee, tea, drinking water, rice, couscous, pasta, onion, potato, lentils, tomato sauce, jam…)

Basic materials to create. (Like few types of paints, paper for drawing, painting, brushes, pencils, chalks, pastel, lots of natural pieces, like stones, shells, wood, etc…)

Space to create.

What you give:

Your talent to create art and Your inspiring vibes at our hostel.

One piece of your creation. (We will be happy if you can create as much as you can, we would keep only one piece… “piece” might mean not an object, we will discuss this in details when you apply)

How?

Apply with cv, portfolio, motivation, project description to caminoarthostel at gmail. After accepting your application we will ask you to pay a 15€/person application fee via PayPal. We need this to secure your place at the hostel as we receive many requests for projects. We will discuss individually how we could work together. Depending on your project(s) you will need different space, tools, time so we need to see how it is possible to have the best options for all of us.

When?

The Camino Artist Residency is available from 15th March until 15th October, each year.

Where?

At Camino Art Hostel – Vega de San Mateo, Gran Canaria, Spain

Please feel free to share this information with all of your artist friends and family members who might be interested to spend a few weeks on Gran Canaria and create.

New Exhibition – Travels and lines by Bea and Benjamin Baltavari

Travels and lines is a unique presentation of a family case. When passion for travel, for seeing the world and creative veins come together with excitement for maps in the family, it will bring something quite unique.

This exhibition shows a personal mapping of travels and journies of mother and child. The mapping of places they loved. Where they found joy. Where they got lost. Where they keep finding the excitement of getting know the unknown.

Bea, founder of Camino Art Hostel has been moving around on this wonderful planet for about 15 years. Benji, her son is 13 years old now, and didn’t have a choice but follow his crazy mother wherever she was blown by the wind. They both ended up with a special devotion to traveling, discovering and seeing the world. They have – of course – a bit different point of view, that you can see with your own eyes if you visit the exhibition.

We are happy to invite you to the Travels and lines exhibition opening party on Sunday, 27th January at 6pm.

We will have live music, good food and lovely people around.

The concert starts at 7pm.

If you want to get know the hostel and look around in the magical land please arrive a bit earlier.

Family and pet-friendly program.
We have cats and a lovely dog.
Smoking allowed only in the upper small garden (please collect your own cigarette butts, and take them with you when leaving – you can ask for a personal jar to collect your personal butts 🙂 ).

See you soon!
(bring warm clothes!)

2 exhibitions 2 concerts 1 occupation: find love

2 exhibitions 2 concerts 1 occupation: find love

7th November, 2018 is your day to discover what love is. In real. Camino Art Hostel is happy to introduce two talented creative girls who make an effort to tell the secret.

Giuliana Marigliano is an Italian artist living on Gran Canaria. Her works mostly tell the honest story of intimate relationships. Not those juicy romantic stories but the real ones, cruel ones, beautiful and unrepeatable ones.

Daniela Isabela Nusitz (aka Kornera) brings us to her own world through her eyes. The half Hungarian half Canarian artist makes detailed mapping of one’s mind, in this case her own mind and feelings. If you follow her guidance through her doodle-kind psychedelic stories, you will end up at the same conclusions as Giuliana’s work: The love is for the Brave!

At the opening ceremony of these two unique exhibitions you can enjoy the live performances of two Hungarian music bands: the Vörösfenyő with its rock melodies and the Perro Azul Duo with those lively chansons that will bring a happy end of this Wednesday afternoon.
Snacks will be prepared and served by Cactus and Plate, a small home cooking venture, which always promises a real cuisine adventure.

The event starts at 4pm and is gratis. Camino Art Hostel is a child and pet friendly place, so you can arrive with your whole family.

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If you buy any of the exhibited works you support the artists directly. Camino Art Hostel does not take any commission after selling the art pieces.
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The Program:

2018. November 7. Wednesday
16.00 opening
Giuliana Marigliano: “Love is for the Brave”
Nusitz Daniela Isabela: “The World with Kornera’s Eyes”
17.00 Vörösfenyő music band, live concert
18.00 Perro Azul Duo, live concert

Usuful:

Kornera

Giuliana Marigliano

Vörösfenyő

Perro Azul
http://Caminoart.org

Camino Art Hostel on FB

Cactus and Plate

 

 

 

 

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED IN SAN MATEO

We have been working with volunteers for more than two years now. We have our own special way to do it, and the main thing is cooperation, communication and happiness. How do i mean? We always make a plan for tasks and working hours together. We talk about it. We talk about the tasks even during the process. And we are all doing our best, if all of us are happy meanwhile the whole thing. We are an art hostel, so you can express yourself and learn a lot at the same time. We are also an off the road hostel, which means that our guests are mainly the cool guys who you actually want to meet during your travel experience. We are off the road because we are not on the beach, and we are not in the city. So you will have plenty of time to enjoy yourself in the nature. Hanging up laundry while watching the mountains, listening to the birds.

If you like all these, please be our volunteer!

we are based in San Mateo, in the heart of Gran Canaria, only 12 kms from the highest peak, called Pico de Las Nieves.

So, go on for the details:

1.Why this whole volunteering thing is good for you?

Because you can have a special experience living right in the nature, far from the cities. Because you can develop new skills and practice the ones you already have. Because you can learn about hostel industry. Because you will meet very cool people and you well have amazing conversations. Because you can have your morning coffee with an incredible view behind the tables :). Because you can enjoy yourself, learn new things and help out at the same time.

2. Where is the hostel located?

We are located in Vega de San Mateo, about 1,5km from the center of this little, lovely town. The hostel is by the road GC-15, and facing to the magical Valley of Mireles. We have a small garden and a bigger land with caves and old eucalipt trees.

For proper description about how to get here please read this site:

How can I get to Camino Art Hostel, San Mateo?

3. Where does the volunteers sleep?

At the moment we don’t have a separated room for the volunteers, so they will stay in a dorm bed in an 8 bed dorm. The bathroom is also shared with the other guests. You will have lockers to have your personal things in a safe place.

4. How does the schedule look like?

We are expecting you to stay with us for at least four weeks.

We agree together about timing. We can do shifts: morning (8am-3pm) and afternoon (3pm-10pm) shifts. Or we can just arrange days of being busy at the hostel, and days when you can be totally free. Sometimes guests arrive later but doesn’t happen often, also sometimes they want to have breakfast around 8am, so you need to start bit earlier. Cleaning is in the morning, starting from 9am, it takes maybe 3-4 hours to clean all the rooms and the garden area, do the laundry, etc…

Volunteers always have at least two days off (often more) so there is a chance to go and see other parts of the island. We do the schedule together for the following weeks, so all of our working hour requests can be planned together.

5. What kind of tasks are need to be done by the volunteers?

– cleaning

– checking in and out, payments part as well

– be around the guests, talk to them and find out their needs

– organize activities and in general be involved in the daily life of the hostel

– gardening (basic or advanced :))

– doing laundry

– cooking, or make breakfast (basic or advanced :))

– fixing (basic or advanced :))

– being creative (basic or advanced :))

– look after our pets (they are lovely so you will do this anyway 🙂 )

6. How many hours the volunteers work in a week?

More or less 25-35 hours a week (4-5 shifts a week)

7. How many volunteers will be in the hostel at one time?

1-3 volunteers at a time.

8. What do you get in return for your help?

Free accomodation, basic food (pasta, rice, onions, potato, coffee, tea, lentils, etc.. occasionally fruits, or other things..), amazing experience, opportunity for selfdevelopment, singing birds all day long 🙂

If you want to be a volunteer at our hostel, please write an e-mail to caminoarthostel(at)gmail(dot)com!

FROM MUSIC TO PAINTING – KRISTÓF RÓNA AT CAMINO ART HOSTEL

Kristóf Róna is originally a sound engineer from Hungary, who had been playing music and working in this era since many years. In the last few years he was mainly concentrating on travelling and on finding new ways and channels for expressing himself. “I’ve found painting a really interesting way to express emotions and thoughts so that’s what I am mainly experimenting with at the moment.” – says Kristóf, who participated in our art project a few weeks ago.

 

“I’ve met Bea in Las Palmas while working in a hostel and later I was lucky enough to got invitation to her magical hostel, called Camino Art Hostel, where she also has some cave rooms for the guests. Here I’ve spent 10 days in peace, creating – painting, drawing, spray painting and writing – that I really enjoyed as the hostel is based in the green canyons of north-west Gran Canaria. The vibes and the sounds of nature gave enough inspiration to be able to focus on my art and create as much as I could. She also let me ‘occupy’ one of the caves to hang (as a temporary exhibition for visitors) all my works I made previously and the ones I made with a friend of mine (Heidi Tanner). There was always something new to discover every day so it kept my excitement going to remain inspired by my surroundings. Bea is a great manager with passion for art that she supports as much as she can, not getting lost in everyday life’s problems but the very details that matter so she can go with the flow and acceptance. I wish you all the best Bea!”
Kristóf is currantly in Budapest, volunteering in summer festivals all around the country, and trying to figure out his next move into the world. Please check his work below!

AN INSPIRED PHOTOGRAPHER FROM RUSSIA

ALIONA YAROVICH, PORTRAIT AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER VISITED CAMINO ART HOSTEL NOT LONG AFTER IT OPENED. SINCE THAN SHE IS CONSTANTLY PLANNING TO RETURN AND MAKE DIFFERENT PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS AT THE HOSTEL. IT SEEMS, THE PLACE INSPIRED HER PRETTY MUCH! LET’S SEE WHAT SHE IS TELLING ABOUT OUR LITTLE EMPIRE:

“Camino Art Hostel is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever been to. Knowing Beata, the owner, I can tell that this place is made with heart and soul and I think that everyone who is tired of busy life and things of that kind can take a break and go to this place. This place really brings you at peace and makes you feel in tune with yourself. This place inspired me to make my photography project ‘Dime’ about people all over the world and their stories that are worth sharing. I hope I can come back there one day and continue my project.”

Aliona Photography

Aliona Yarovich started to take pictures 5 years ago. She did different kinds of photos (events, weddings, children, individual portraits, fashion) and right now she is focused on portrait and family photography. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Russia and travel quite often.
Aliona Photography
Please visit Aliona’s site on https://www.facebook.com/alionayarovich/ and take a look at her work.