About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

An Interview With Lucie Tales

We recently chatted with the dazzling French artist and maker Lucie Capdeville of Lucie Tales, who fashions together some of the most brilliant and unique jewelry from recycled metals and vintage findings. Read on to discover more about Lucie, her shop, and her inspirations.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m Lucie Capdeville. I’m French and I live with my husband on the West Coast in South Brittany. I was born in Lyon, France. I’m from a scientific family, so it was not easy to make my artistic feelings and ambitions known and respected. I had to struggle for them. My parents wanted me to be a scientist and practice art as a hobby.

But I couldn’t be someone else … so I eventually followed and graduated in Arts at University. Then I worked in a contemporary art center and later in a public library but I needed to follow my own path. That’s what I’m doing now!

jewelry from Lucie Tales

Working with metal is relatively new to me. As an arts student, photography and drawings were my fields of study, then I started sewing and working with fabric. My first encounter with metal was in 2009, when I made urchins out of upcycled aluminum.

How would you describe your artistic style?
This is a very difficult question, I think it is not for me to answer that. And I’m still at the beginning and evolving all the times …

Who are some people who have inspired you to create jewelry?
My father is a botanist, so I grew up observing and naming plants, minerals and animals, I think this education had a profound influence on my way to look at and observe the world and nature. I’m inspired by Mediterranean ethnic jewelry (my family is mixed lot from Greece to Algeria via Spain and the Jewish culture). I’m also deeply impressed by the fabulous photographs of Karl Blossfeldt.

At University I’ve discovered Art Nouveau artists and jewelers such as Lalique, Mucha, Gaillard and their use of organic and floral forms. Among work of contemporary artists that have impressed me is the work of the french artist Hubert Duprat, his work of art with insect larvae and gold fascinates me.

A contemporary jeweller I admire particularly is Nora Rochel and her organic silver rings.

jewelry by Lucie Tales

Of the things you’ve created so far, what’s one that you’ve been most proud of?
I can’t say I’m more proud of one piece, it’s more like an affective relation I have with them. Some are more difficult to part from, it isn’t rational, I can’t explain why this piece especially more than this one. Sometimes, I feel that one piece is more “me” than another.


Lucie Capdeville's gardenShare one of your most-prized nature possessions.
I would say that my most -prized nature possession is my garden. I live in an old house (from the 1920s) that we are renovating slowly and the garden was a bare and concrete thing from the ’50s. People in the area were traumatized by the war and destructions and the owner of the house had rebuilt part of the house that had been bombed and he had poured concrete all over the garden, there was only a row of well cropped rose bushes left with paths of concrete each side. First I wasn’t much interested in gardening, as a child I had seen my father spent all his weekends tied to gardening chores. But the bare earth and the concrete and some few spare roses shrubs did awaken something in me. Now I’m proud of my little green oasis and I never tire of looking and observing plants and flowers all the year long.


What are some things you enjoy about nature?
I live near the sea, 200 meters far from the shore exactly, which is at the end of the street. Everyday, I go and walk the same path along the shore; it’s a necessity, it helps me to focus on simple things, my needs, and my desires. Walking and observing the changes of the light, of the season, the tides, the pebbles, shells and sea glass, sea birds are a kind of meditation that I need to feel serene.

I love the weird and the bizarre in nature, the things you look at and you don’t know whether it’s animal, vegetal or mineral like cocoons, shells, pods, lichen, rust, foam … As an art student, one of my works was about stains forming a landscape, China ink stains forming seascape.

Finally I think I’m still that child bewildered by shapes of leaves and pods, seeing a whole world in a cloud or an amazing ancient tree in a crack on a saucer cup.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Nature-inspired Workspaces

Farrah Sit’s workspace via Etsy (check out Farrah’s shop here)

If I had a greener thumb, my workspace would probably resemble a greenhouse, something along the lines of where several of Brittany Campbell’s (of The Home Ground) shop items were photographed. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t mind living in a greenhouse like that, though I’d have to remember not to throw stones nor wear my birthday suit in it.

Here’s a glimpse at a handful of creative folks who have carefully (that is, not gone overboard like I probably would if given the chance!) and artfully incorporated nature and nature-inspired objects into their workspaces.

nature-inspired workspaces

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Le Voyage Creatif

St. Tropez earrings by Le Voyage Creatif

If you’ve been keeping up with my posts about jewelry so far, you’ll know that I’m a proponent of keeping it simple. Simple is beautiful and elegant and I always notice minimalist jewelry that my family and friends don. So, it should come as no surprise that I’m enamores of everything in Marte Marie Forsberg’s shop Le Voyage Creatif.

jewelry from Le Voyage Creatif

I instantly fell in love with the way Marte lists many of her items, artfully pairing up jewelry with an incredible photo of nature that she captured. You can find a slew of stellar photographs by Marte over on her website.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Banana Peach Bread

Photo by Donaville Herrick

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 8 tbsp of room temperature unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 tbsp of milk (I used Silk’s very vanilla soy milk)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt

Banana bread is always a huge hit in my house. I bake it at least once a month and it literally only lasts two days. My little dearests love it and the Mr. — let’s just say that next to bacon, banana bread is his biggest weakness. And it suddenly just dawned on me that I should try sprinkling bits of bacon on top of the next fresh loaf of banana bread I bake. I’m pretty sure Mr. will be pleased to the nth degree.

Last week, I added a peach to the banana bread recipe I always use and the result was nothing short of marvelous. I served banana peach bread for dessert one evening with a side of sliced peaches and banana, to further enhance the banana and peach flavors. The kiddos thoroughly enjoyed eating banana peach bread, though we were a little banana’d and peached out afterwards.

The directions for this recipe are from the Food Network, with the addition of a peach on my part and the use of a blender instead of a fork when it comes to mashing the fruit.

banana peach bread recipe

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 ° F. Butter a 9″ x 5″ x 3″ inch loaf pan.

2. Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. In a blender, blend the bananas and peach together adding a little bit of milk. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

4. Add the banana peach mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

5. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.

6. Slice and enjoy. Goes great with a bit of butter or a scoop of ice cream.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.

Five and One

Children’s nature art kit from Five and One

Kit Includes

  • Blank journal with variety of stamped/colored paper
  • Cardboard collection box for nature discoveries
  • Recycled newspaper pencil for sketching
  • 2 soy crayon rocks
  • Natural stick of variety twine
  • and more

I happened upon one of the most innovative and fun art kits that my soon-to-be-four-year-old would enjoy: a children’s nature art kit from Julie Arnold of Five and One. My two-year-old twinners are still at the stage where they’re more likely to throw rocks rather than collection them and tear apart branches and count their leaves rather than press them.

If you’re planning on a camping trip during what’s left of this summer, be sure to tuck one of these into your backpack for the kiddos. They’d also make great party favors/activities for a nature/camping themed birthday party, too.

About Donaville Herrick

Donaville is the Founder of Dearest Nature and also Co-Founder and Creative Director of Hello Hello Hi. When visions of nature and web design aren't dancing in her head, she enjoys spending time with her three munchkins, baking cupcakes, and trying her hand at various crafts. Follow her on Twitter to stay updated with her day-to-day musings.