what we do.
Making art together in nature can have a significant impact on how we perceive the living environment.
"We have had the pleasure of working with Laura for over three years now through her ecology-based arts programmes. Laura’s approach gently guides participants, and keeps the group engaged throughout the workshop, encouraging participants to explore the materials and creative process at their own pace, with some beautiful results for beginners and seasoned artists alike."
Asian Community Engagment Trust
"Laura gave our clients fantastic eco-art experiences through the botanical monoprint workshops. She is a warm and wonderful teacher. The workshops offer Asian families the chance to learn more about New Zealand's natural world, explore eco-art techniques, and create something beautiful together."
“So knowledgeable - the walk was wonderful and the leaf printing workshop really amazing. I learned so much about pushing myself to explore my creative side”
why we do it.
At this time of catastrophic biodiversity loss due to extractive practices, climate change, pollution, and changes in land use, we have to help nature to heal. We can work towards this by reconnecting more intimately to nature through making art together, to help us alter our perceptions of the living environment.
LimenLab is the concept of ecological artist, Laura Donkers. She collaborates with environmental and community organisations to deliver creative encounters in nature to engage people with the perspective that we owe our existence to the natural world and, just as we take responsibility to look after our families, so we carry a responsibility to protect the natural world from harm and restore damage that we have caused.
What we do
We design and lead creative workshops and projects in collaboration with artists, activists, community groups, and organisations.
We deliver 'hands-on' exploration of nature to expand creative and ecological awareness.
Through direct sensory experiences, participants get to explore, connect with and develop empathy for nature.
We develop agency by sharing stories about nature, environmental regeneration and climate change adaptation.
We support nature through pro-environmental approaches that safeguard biodiversity and nature’s processes.
We value transparency by being open, upfront and honest about what is possible within timeframes and resource limitations.
We draw from respectful, traditional practices to design workshops and projects that demonstrate respect for all life forms.
We reduce ecological impact in how natural materials are harvested and in terms of considerate energy use and recycling/disposal of materials at end of workshop/project.
a not-for-profit creative agency working with community and environmental organisations
to expand engagement with nature through art
experiential learning in nature arouses curiosity and stimulates discussion around ecological responsibility
eco art workshops, collaborative exhibitions and projects connect people
through the experimental and cognitive effects of creativity