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This is Anica Teves an artist from Sao Miguel Azores (she is also and audio and video engineer). She builds very small nativity scenes or crèches using organic materials found on the beach and in t he woods. These nativity scenes are tiny. She uses very small shells, bits of wood and dried leaves to decorate her small masterpieces. These nativity scenes are called Lapinhas. Lapinhas is diminutive name for limpet
(lapa) in Portuguese. Anica makes the figures for the crèches using the clay found in the islands and then the baby Jesus is laid on a little limpet shell as his cradle. In the workshop you can see an example of her work. She often as gallery showings and her works have been presented to Prince Charles of England and the newly married royal couple from Denmark. This art form has been practiced for centuries and is a work not only of patience but of devotion and love. In her scenes she uses only found materials and recycled things that others throw out. In this photo Anica is looking for very tiny shells for the nativity scene that is on the workshop.
This photo was taken in Mosteiros area beautifully shown by Galmeida and can also be seen

I've known Anica all of my life and she is the greatest and the goofiest person around. She's had her share of tragic events in her lifetime. Pursuing this art form has not only been a means of suplemental income but also a great way for her to commune with nature and to reach a great degree of self knowledge.

The photo was cropped, layers curves and levels, flattened resized and saved. I had to use a lower quality than usual so some details may not be very good.

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