Posts By: Stella Boumans

Marcos Beccari

Marcos Beccari is artist, philosopher and professor at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), lecturing in the Graphic Design Course. What motivates him artistically is to translate life through watercolor, trying to attribute fluidity and spontaneity to the representation of the human figure.⁠⁠Through Instagram, his paintings gained worldwide notoriety, especially for their technical realism and


Encounters: Hanna Flachs – Germany ~ by Sivan Ravivo Finally the day arrived that me and Hanna (Earthartlab on instagram) are meeting digitally. It took us a while to orchestrate this meeting because of workload, sick kids and sunny days in Portugal 😉 Hanna is a very lovely and interesting person, she is German but

Fitting feminine in life

Encounters: Ez Silva – Rotterdam, The Netherlands ~ by Sivan Ravivo On my quest for interesting artists to fill Storybook, Ez Silva is the first illustrator I talk to. She was recommended to Stella by someone on Instagram during our open call for illustrators. I scroll through her feed and beautiful women in all kinds

A reflection of the growing connection to nature

Encounters: Sheila Prevost – United States of America ~ by Barbara Sivan and I met Sheila on a windy Thursday afternoon via ZOOM in 2022. It was Melanie Scholtz who some time ago connected us to Sheila. It is special to travel around the world via a series of encounters and meet people we otherwise


Encounters: Heather Clewett – United States of America ~ by Barbara I meet Heather in 2018 while we interview her in what we now call ‘The Soul Journey’. I’m a filmmaker and I love to have conversations with people while the camera is on. This is why Global Storytellers exists today you might say. Because


Encounter: Robin Cruise – Hamburg, Germany ~ by Sivan Ravivo One day I received a like on an Instagram post I made by Robin Cruise. I immediately checked out his account because ‘Robin Cruise’, what a fascinating name. It led me to an artist with very colorful work about nature and animals, a happy smiling

Encounters: Trijntje & Wiesje

Breda, The Netherlands ~ by Barbara van den Bogaard I speak to Trijntje and Wiesje, daughter and mother, in a coffeebar in Breda, The Netherlands, on a Saturday morning in February. They both just recovered from COVID and are out of their house for the first time in over a week. The world is a


Encounters: Tessa Alexander – The islands of Trinidad and Tobago ~ by Sivan Ravivo It’s morning for Tessa and I can hear the birds singing in the background as we meet each other online. She is seated in her studio and I can see a beautiful watercolor portrait in the background. It really looks like

The Hero’s | Heroins Journey

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we

Negative Bias

“I think it’s too late to be pessimistic. There’s no way to think optimistically or not – we need actions.” ~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand  When I read this quote by filmmaker, Yann Arthus-Bertrand it struck me as very relevant in our current times. Negative stories will not be our saviors since they make us more passive, more overwhelmed and more anxious. The power of a story is implied

The Little things

This picture was one of those unexpected treasures that only happens when you are at the right place at the right time. I was fortunate enough to capture this in Soweto in Johannesburg, about 7 years ago while on a shoot with a fellow musician friend. After the shoot, I decided to take a walk

Losing you

Without you, no one retells the story about the day I was born.And even if they did, their face and being couldn’t soften into the truth of love the way yours did. Without you, drive by chalk boards are in drought. Inspiration on mute. Without you, my laughter forgets itself. Amnesia. Without you, there’s an epidemic. An outbreak