Joya: AiR / Lucy Topp / GBR

photo Simon Beckmann

photo Simon Beckmann


"Consciously designed landscapes which mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature." -David Holmgren.

“My time at Joya: AiR was an authentic, beautiful and tranquil experience from the scenery, to the people, to the day to day living. Joya AiR was a perfect time for me to reflect and work at my own pace after the pressures of University.

Within the unspoilt landscapes of Los Gázquez (Joya: AiR), I explored natural forms and shapes, observing and appreciating the details, and directly interacting with my surroundings through printmaking and other mixed media processes. Getting to know other creatives and their working processes was an insightful and exciting part of the studio environment.

Walking down to the riverbed was my favourite place to discover, where it felt like time had stood still and watching Pepe the shepherd herd the goats and sheep of a day was a beautiful escape from busy modern life. As such I became conscious of the history of the Cortijada Los Gázquez which created a magical atmosphere during my stay, mindful of life that had lived and breathed here before.

It was so inspiring to see how Simon and Donna put a sustainable and off-grid lifestyle into practice down to every detail. Part of my research here was observing the ecological systems put into play, which is something I will take away with me as an on-going project.

Thank you Simon and Donna for the most wonderful experience”!

Lucy Topp

Simon Beckmann