Meet the Photographer: Linda Wit 

If like us, you’ve found yourself planning a trip to Ibiza as a result of seeing our latest campaign photography, then you have Linda Wit to thank. Linda’s ability to capture the atmosphere of this island through authentic caught moments is the reason we were so keen to work with her. Originally from Amsterdam, Linda moved to Ibiza with her family with the intention of staying just a year. Find out why, five years later, she still calls the White Isle home, and how living there has changed her outlook on work and life. 

An example of Linda Wit's portrait photography

You were born in Amsterdam but always itching to travel. Why do you think that is? 

From a very young age, I loved to listen to the stories of my grandpa about his travels. My parents had their own organic supermarket for more than 30 years and didn’t have that much time to go on holiday. In my dreams, I was travelling already. From the age I could go by myself, I started to travel and explore. Since the children were born, we’ve taken them everywhere, travelling in the desert of Oman or helping an island biologist in the Maldives with his turtle logbook – they love it too. It’s a privilege to let them grow up like this and explore humans, animals, flavours and religions from all over the world. To see the world as one with all its different sides. 

What did you find in Ibiza that made you want to stay put? 

We always had the dream to go for one year with the children when they were little. Five years ago, we decided to go for it. To live for one year more barefoot in nature, enjoying the slow life. After this first year, none of us wanted to go back to Amsterdam. It’s the magic of the island, you love it, or you hate it. If you go for the ride, the island gives you so many beautiful lessons, and if you take them, the magic is there. We’re enjoying the South European lifestyle, the mañana mañana mentality, the nature around us, the sun, and the high quality of life. 

What’s it like to bring up a family here? 

We tell each other daily how grateful we are to bring up the children here on the island. Ibiza is like her own mini globe, with all the nationalities and different people. When our children grow up, they will have friends all around the world. They go to a French school where they speak and learn French, Spanish and English. When I see how easily they switch languages, I’m more than proud, and see this as a big present for them. It’s like, six months a year they walk barefoot, it’s easy to stay a child and play outside, and they are really part of the lifestyle. Everyone brings their children everywhere, summer nights are not just for the grown-ups – even small children are a part of this gathering together. They’re not surrounded by rushed people, and I feel so grateful to see how they can look to and enjoy nature, and how close they are to all animals. 

Road trip photographs taken by Linda

Have you found living on the island sparks your creativity? 

For sure! Because of the slow life and the nature around me, I got back a little sparkle. Running around in Amsterdam and being on socials made me work with pictures in my mind. When I moved and skipped socials for 18 months, I started to look at the world again. To create things from my own eyes, to see magic everywhere – the light, the movement of nature, the raw part of nature – and my creativity came back. Creating things from outside of myself, not wanting to make something perfect but to see the perfection in imperfection. Exactly how it is, to keep things simple and real. Following this made me create my own signature and I keep moving in that direction, just doing the things I love to do. To continue playing every day and to look at the world as a little child looking for miracles.  

What do you feel most passionately about right now? 

Real stories, a glimpse of someone’s life. Just as it is. Local people everywhere around the world, to see their big smiles no matter what conditions they live in. Not the perfect magazine story but real happiness. It makes me so inspired.  

What makes an amazing photograph, in your opinion? 

The light. The little moment. You have to see it. You cannot force it. It’s there. The movement or smile. The imperfection, the realness. The raw picture. It doesn’t matter what camera you use – if it’s an expensive one, the perfect lens or just an old crappy phone, it’s all about what your eyes see, how you go out of your mind and let your eyes see the magic.  

Photographer Linda Wit

What’s been the highlight of our shoot for you? 

We had such a nice women-only team! To see everyone doing the things they love and creating something beautiful together. And to capture the artisans on our island, listen to their stories and see their creativity was a really nice thing to do. Inspiring.  

Why do you think people describe this place as magical? 

I’m sure it’s the energy. There’s this female island energy. If you let go, if you jump on the ride of this island, the island gives you so much magic and love back. I’m sure about that. But if you go for the ‘dark’ side, using the island to make money or not seeing the lessons it gives, it will be too much and the island can really bring you down. It’s like the force of Star Wars, the light side and the dark side. They say the first year is a test year, if you love it you can stay forever but keep learning, and if you hate it, you will leave the island before the year is finished.  

Who are the women you’re inspired by? 

Women who choose for their own happiness, who can see and feel their happiness. I did a lot of volunteering in Greece and saw women with many children living in a little tent with nothing but making the very best of it. And smiling with a real smile. I could feel their happiness and gratefulness. It made me cry. They looked happier than many other women in my life. If you can feel this and choose this for yourself, you are a hero in my opinion. And women who choose to do what they love, not choosing what to do out of fear, but from their heart and passion. For themselves, for others, for nature. It´s not about making a career but following your path. 

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Midsummer sounds

Midsummer mood shot

Our lightest and warmest days are officially here, and with midsummer comes the opportunity to harness the sun’s power and to re-charge mind and body. Feel the positive vibrations with our playlist and take a moment to honour your achievements.  

Soak up the sounds

To mark this year’s summer solstice, we created a playlist of laid-back tunes that provide the perfect soundtrack for watching the sunset or sitting around a campfire with friends. 

Listen Now

Reflect in the light 

Now’s an opportune time to look at how our lives have unfolded since January, to acknowledge how far we’ve come, and to express our intentions for the rest of the year, whether in the form of a sketch, collage or written affirmation. 

Shop notebooks 

To shop the looks featured here, head to our high summer collection. 

Local Icons: Laura De Grinyo, Founder of Ladio Ceramics 

On our recent visit to Ibiza, we were introduced to Laura De Grinyo, a talented ceramicist whose work takes place in the heart of the island’s wild landscape. Here, we chat to Laura about how she found her craft, and the therapeutic, almost hypnotic, quality of working with clay. 

Laura in her Ibiza studio

We’re in love with your ceramics and want to fill a suitcase with them before we go home. When did you realise that being a ceramicist was your destiny? 

Thank you for your kind words. I have always been fascinated by ancient civilizations, crafts and ceramics that have somehow left us information about our legacy. Before working with ceramics, I had a small clothing brand made by local artisan women from Ibiza and Catalonia. But in 2017, I decided to move on from that project and focus on developing other disciplines that interested me, such as illustration, photography and artistic direction. It was in 2019 that I got my hands on clay for the first time and I fell deeply in love with the material and the tradition that goes with it. 

Laura at her pottery wheel

Your Ibizan workshop looks like one of the most tranquil settings on earth. Can you tell us a bit more about your surroundings and what they bring to the creative process? 

I am very thankful to be able to work where I live, right in the middle of nature and where I spent most of my life, Ibiza. Nature has always been my greatest teacher and source of inspiration. My work usually reflects my environment with its colour palette and organic textures. I feel very lucky to have grown up on this island and to be able to nurture my creative world through its nature and harmony. 

Are you drawn to any season in particular? 

The truth is that each season has its magic, but spring is always my favorite, full of life, colour and a true feeling of prosperity. 

Fired pots on shelves

We’re fascinated by the process of creating pottery and the circularity of it – failings can be re-worked into successes. How have you learnt to cope with the unpredictable nature of working with clay? 

My working method includes both wheel and hand-built techniques. That’s why I sometimes experience a sensation of trance when my hands dance along with the clay in a choreography marked by circularity and spirals. Sometimes you make mistakes, but you have to accept them and integrate them as part of the process. Usually, a mistake can be the inspiring starting point for a future piece. 

Your work is very physical and tangible, using your hands to mould clay from the earth, yet you’re interested in the metaphysical, alchemy and frequencies, which we find intriguing – can you tell us more about how these interests intersect for you? 

Indeed! I’ve always been fascinated and intrigued by natural fractals – we are surrounded by them! These go hand in hand with frequencies and the magic they create together. In ceramics, this alchemy is found in its main element, clay, and how it intersects with the other elements such as water, air and fire, the result is often unexpected but always amazing. 

Laura De Grinyo portrait

What part of the making process gives you the most satisfaction?  

Each bit of the ceramic processes has its charm. But my favorites are wheel throwing, trimming and carving. 

What advice would you give to amateur ceramicists?  

I would recommend that they enjoy every moment they have with the clay to stop time and reconnect with silence and themselves. It is pure therapy and if you treat clay with respect, it teaches you a lot. 

Who are the women you’re inspired by? 

Antonia, a local textile artisan from Ibiza, Lucie Rie, Bárbara Hepworth, Wendy Carlos, Edith Heath, Ruth Asawa, Valentine Schlegel, Helen Frankenthaler, the list goes on! 

Follow Laura on her Instagram @ladioceramics.

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Local Icons: Renu Kashyap, Author of Ibiza Bohemia 

We think Ibiza Bohemia deserves a place on everyone’s coffee table. This collection of photos and quotes is an immersive portrayal of island life that causes you to instantly fall in love with the place (if you weren’t already). Here, we talk to the book’s author, Renu Kashyap, about the inspiration for her work, countryside living and the importance of family time. 

You’re the author of the stunning Ibiza Bohemia (which we adore, by the way). What gave you the idea to create the book? 

Thank you, I’m happy that you like it, it was made with a lot of love. When I came to the island 10 years ago, I noticed that there were only books about the jet-set side of the island. I was missing the other part of Ibiza, the more emotional part. The nature, the people, the spirituality, the sea, the light – Ibiza is famous for its ever-changing light. I felt a longing to capture the island through my eyes, and to archive what is, for me, the most magical place in the world. 

What’s your favourite image from the book? 

One of my favourites is of a couple falling off a wooden sailboat, holding each other tight against their bodies, which are tanned from the sun and muscled from raising the sails (they live on the boat). It represents total freedom to me. 

Renu Kashyap with her book

What do you think makes the people of Ibiza so unique? 

Ibiza has always attracted creative, like-minded people with a young heart, an open mind, and a wild soul. There is a lot of music, which connects people. There is a lot of positivity, not so much complaining or gossiping. Many people do some kind of self-work, with or without plant medicine, but there is some sort of interest in personal growth amongst most of the people I know. I think you can see that there is a collective spiritual mindset, and living together on this small island, it is a community. We like to help each other. 

What do you love best about life on the island? 

The high quality of life. We live in the countryside with chickens, frogs, birds, and I can hear the sheep from my bedroom. Every drive in the car is candy to the eye – we are surrounded by so much beautiful nature. Endless landscapes with blossoming fruit trees. Wherever you live, you are close to the beach. The weather is delicious – 300 days of sun a year. I love my healthy lifestyle. I feel less stress than in the city and go to yoga every day before I start work. And of course, the music, we love to dance! We all have a little wild side in us, and the island has some pretty good parties, especially the secret ones. I feel the island keeps me young. I think it´s the energy, the vibe, a feeling of being free that makes Ibiza so special.  

You recently founded Palomas Libres, can you tell us about your vision for this? 

I worked on Ibiza Bohemia intensively for three years, and after that I wanted to spend more time with my family, especially my daughter who was growing up so fast. Skye was the inspiration for our first Mother & Daughter retreat six years ago – one week staying at our home, Casa Amore, a boutique hotel in the countryside. My partner Liza and I designed a programme for connecting with yourself and your daughter, a magical week to learn to live more from your heart, create unforgettable memories and have real quality time together. We just launched our new spiral lifestyle community Palomas Libres to connect and create spiritual awareness for parents and their children. We’ll also be hosting Mother & Son, Father & Daughter, Father & Son and family retreats in many places like the UK, Marrakech, Tulum, Bali and more. 

Renu Kashyap at home in Ibiza

 

What makes Ibiza an inspiring place to be a kid? 

Our children grow up on the beach and surrounded by nature, living a life with animals, jumping from the cliffs, learning to dive and sail, enjoying the small things. They can stay children for a bit longer here than elsewhere, I think. Most speak four languages and will have friends living all over the world when they grow up.  

How would you describe Ibiza in three words? 

Bohemian, laidback, endless. 

If we only had time to visit one place on the island, where should we go? 

Formentera by sailboat. 

Who are the women you’re inspired by? 

Jane Goodall, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama. Georgia O´Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Marlene Dumas, Rupi Kaur, Louise Bourgeois, for their art. Mary Kate and Ashley Olson, Lauren Hutton, Lady Di, Jane Birkin, for their sense of style. And my girlfriends, who are each special and inspiring in their own way. 

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Local Icons: Victoria Durrer Gasse, Founder of La Galeria Elefante  

During our recent trip to Ibiza, we found ourselves returning to La Galeria Elefante again and again. This treasure trove of clothing and homewares is the culmination of Victoria Durrer Gasse’s faraway travels and eye for handcrafted detail. Here, we chat to Victoria about growing up with Ibiza, inspirational women, and her favourite corners of the earth. 

Victoria at La Galeria Elefante

You first visited Ibiza as a teen in the ’70s – what are your fondest memories of this time?  

Discovering the island on my moped, driving up dusty tracks and getting lost amongst farmyards. Seeing the ladies in their traditional clothing and watching them whitewash their farmhouse walls and eat figs with their daughters. Our teenage picnic parties on the beach, my first kiss! And dancing in the –then much smaller– clubs at night. Boating in the day to small coves where there wasn´t anyone around, sleeping under the stars on the beach in Formentera, and generally acknowledging the wonder of the sea and the island´s magic, which is still unchanged. 

It’s great to hear you say the island’s magic is still here – what else has remained the same after all these years? 

This is still a beautiful island. Starry night skies, beautiful clear light in the day, the sea, the interesting, eclectic people, the nature, the stunning walks in the countryside and along the cliffs, and the dusty tracks to hidden places – there are still some! 

Beaded handbags at La Galeria Elefante

We’re in love with your boutique, La Galeria Elefante. How do you begin to source the items for such an eclectic treasure trove?  

Travelling to faraway places and discovering new crafts in countries like Madagascar, Nepal, India and the Congo. Luckily, my husband and I have always travelled a lot and, whilst he was working with WHO or UNICEF, I was able to meet local craftspeople and find beautiful and unusual things to bring back to sell. We regularly travel to hidden corners and later in the year will return to Madagascar, which is one of our favourite places. 

You’re passionate about preserving traditional crafts and supporting the people and places where they originate. Is there a particular project you’re most proud of?  

I love all the NGOs I work with and in particular WIF, Women’s Interlink Foundation, based in Calcutta, supporting under-privileged women, taking them out of difficult situations and helping them make a new life. 

Victoria Durrer Gasse

You’re also a designer of clothing and homewares. How do you find the two roles of collector and designer fuel each other?  

Each role inspires the other – the textures and colours of both stimulate ideas for the other. 

Who is the person you imagine wearing your bohemian creations?  

Women of all ages who are free-spirited, spontaneous, sensitive, and open-minded. 

How would you describe Ibizan style?   

Feminine, bohemian, floaty, whimsical and carefree. Messy hair and sandy toes are perfectly okay! 

Who are the women you’re inspired by? 

Audrey Hepburn for her work with children, for her elegance, femininity, humility, discretion, and kindness. Jane Goodall for her work with primates and anthropology, and for continuing with her same spirit even now at 88, showing us age doesn´t matter. Maya Angelou for her writing and poetry on civil rights, writing so beautifully and inspiring women all over. And Reni Eddo-Lodge for her writing on feminism and exposing structural racism – for waking us up! 

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