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.

Saruyi’s World

Mixed media fiber art by Saruyi (photo by Joseph Webb)

I can’t stop marveling at the astounding work of Saruyi, an artist who has relocated from Japan to Australia to Romania and now Portland, Oregon says she’s been artist for as long as she can recall.

Saruyi’s art installation Urban Aquarium, which began in the Spring of 2009, is an ongoing project that “explores the concept of being ‘out of context’ and ‘displaced’ by recreating a jellyfish aquarium in places where you least expect” throughout the city of Portland. Portlanders, if you have a suggestion for where the Urban Aquarium should sprout up, you can let her know via email on her contact page of her website.

Saruyi's World / featured on dearestnature.com

I bet you won’t be able to stop marveling at these beauties now that you’ve seen them!

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.

Peachy Keen

My favorite fruit as of late has been peaches. They have the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness and add a bit of awesome to foods I would regularly eat without peaches: bread, pancakes, pie — mostly breads, I suppose.

Here’s a smattering of mouthwatering peach recipes worth trying or at least feasting your eyes on:

peach recipes / featured on dearestnature.com

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.

Mag Rouge – The Harvest Issue

Photo by Elizabeth Messina for Mag Rouge

I love thumbing through new issues of Mag Rouge. Their latest issue — the Harvest Issue — is teeming with inspiration from cover to cover. Have a peek at what I’m loving the most from this issue:

tablescape in Mag Rouge issue 13 / featured on dearestnature.com

How cute are those teensy orage trees as centerpieces?

Be sure to check out the rest of the magnificent online publication.

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.

Yours, Roxanne

Birds by Roxanne Daner

I’ve been meaning to share the amazing talents of Roxanne Daner for quite some time. She has the name of what sounds like a rock star and hails from Los Angeles, CA (not too far from my stomping grounds!) working as the design director for Ludlow Kingsley, a design firm widely recognized for its ability to create some of the most sophisticated and sleek websites on the internet.

I first caught sight of Roxanne’s work via dribbble and fell in love with her textured, retro style. I believe it was this shot that struck me with awe. Oh, those clouds!

Here’s a sampling of other works by the lovely miss:

Yours, Roxanne / featured on dearestnature.com

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 Briana Taylor

Pooling rains quilt by Briana Taylor

I’ve never really been one for quilts namely because the ones I typically saw were in my grandparents’ home and always looked so … old-fashioned. They’re comfy, yes. But a little too grandmotherly for my taste.

But enter Briana Taylor and her brilliant and nature-inspired lively style and creates artistic quilts, fabric bowls, pot holders, and more and I think I’ve changed my mind about quilts forever. Today, she’s sharing a bit about herself and what she enjoys about nature.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am from Western Massachusetts and have been a New England girl my whole life. Since I was very little, art and art making has been a predominant endeavor. I finally went to art school at 27 years old and studied painting. I think being an older student helped me have a more grounded idea about what I wanted to do with my art and abilities. Anyone can go to art school, it’s just that they really don’t tell you how to “make it” as an artist after you leave … there’s no real road map, like being a lawyer or a dentist. You get out and look around and think “now what?” You can’t just hole up in your studio making art and hope that people find you.

fabric bowls by Briana Taylor / featured on dearestnature.com

I became interested in making quilts in an organic way. I’d been working hard to develop my painting and establish a way to exhibit and sell my work, at the same time I spent periods of time working full time jobs. I’ve always been interested in sewing and started making some quilts and selling them from my painting studio during Open Studio events … then I found Etsy. I was making mostly small stuff, like pot holders and coasters and found that I could make some extra money that way. Whenever I listed a quilt it would usually sell right away, so I knew there was something to this and that I could eventually quit my day job and work at sewing and painting and hopefully support myself. And that’s what I’ve done!

Who are some artists you admire?
Mark Tobey, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, to name a few.

Briana Taylor quilts / featured on dearestnature.com

Who are some people that have inspired you to pursue art/quilt making?
My mother, she passed away in 2009 … she was probably my biggest fan.

Of the quilts you’ve created, which is your favorite?
The one that I gave to my boyfriend for his birthday two years ago. It is a really complicated gradation quilt made from many tiny scraps of fabric. It took a gazillion hours to make, but it was so worth it. I’ve since tried to make others in this way, but that one just turned out the best.

pot holders by Briana Taylor / featured on dearestnature.com

What are some things you enjoy about nature?
Let me count the ways :) It’s quiet, provides a peaceful atmosphere in which to rejuvenate and recharge the spirit. Most of the moments I want to remember in my life have happened in some outdoor place. There are so many fantastic places to explore and discover, and I’ve even started to learn to like the cold New England winter by immersing myself in it through cross country skiing, snow shoeing and I’m just beginning to learn to downhill ski! We’ll see how that goes. And it is also an endless source of inspiration for art.

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.