Southern California Rain by Donaville Herrick
Man, it really pours sometimes in Southern California. Last weekend we had our fair share of rain, hail, and wind that knocked down a few trees in my neck of the woods. I wish it rained more often, sans the hurricane-esque effects.
The photo above is one of my favorites that I shot over seven years ago. I was spending a Friday with my older sister and her family and I was waiting in the car while she picked up her kids from school. The raindrops on the windshield of the car made for an interesting photo opportunity all on their own, but when I aimed the camera at a slightly higher angle at the blue gradient (where the windshield meets the roof of the car), the result was amazing. No post-process photoshop gradient necessary!
At the time, I owned a point and shoot Sony DSC T-11, which I nicknamed Arnold because it sounded like it could be a Terminator. It was completely harmless, with the exception of its killer macro capabilities. I fell into an obsession of shooting all sorts of macro shots of everything in nature, save for earthworms, spiders, and other creepy crawlers that make my skin crawl. I still have the camera but it has been retired, not because I upgraded to a DSLR (which I did in 2007) but because it sadly and unexpectedly stopped working one day.
Birdfamily by Britta Manger / Available for purchase in her Etsy shop
How about a little afternoon inspiration, for those of you who live on the West Coast of the US, that is. Britta Manger is an incredible artist from Berlin, Germany who sells a wide range of products ranging like wonderfully patterned origami, illustrations and collages, apparel, and more in her shop named Birdtoldme. Her shop is an absolute must-visit.
I find Britta’s illustrations and collages from her shop intriguing because all of them portray animals in a fun and unique way. A deep-sea diving bird with oil dribbling out of its beak? An cotton-bodied octopus with plants at the end of its tentacles? Those are not sights you see everyday. I hope!
Each illustration makes me think of a Tim Burton production or a fairy tale gone awry. What do you think of the Britta’s illustrations?
Photo & styling by Jessica Marquez
Growing up, I collected a few things here and there; rocks, seashells, coins, troll dolls — typical things you’d expect someone to collect. I think the mention of troll dolls just caused my coolness factor to jump a notch up or drop 5 notches. What sort of things did/do you collect?
On the topic of collections, each Thursday we’ll be presenting a new set of collections of the nature variety, of course. We’re beginning this series with collections from Brooklyn, New York resident Jessica Marquez, owner of Miniature Rhino, a shop that carries vintage-inspired and handmade goods. I adore the way Jessica bottles up her collections like so:
I love Jessica’s presentation of her collections, which she says are “part of a series of little collections of wondrous objects. One of my favorite things is collecting things and I love making them into these miniature curiosity cabinets.” It amazes me how much stuff can be crammed into a vial.
For more information about Jessica, check out her blog and pay her flickr photo stream a visit where you’ll find endless inspiration.
There’s not a whole lot of yellow in my life. I own one yellow article of clothing — a dress from Shabby Apple — and that’s about the only thing I can think of off the top of my head. I have nothing against yellow, but it’s always been a little too edgy and loud of a color for
me to infuse into my wardrobe or home with it. Thanks to the likes of Leah Duncan, I’ve been drawn to varied shades of muted, mellow yellows like mustard, amber, saffron, goldenrod.
A little bit of info about Leah
Originally based in Austin, Texas, Leah recently relocated to Brooklyn, New York is an artist, designer, and a self-taught seamstress and surface pattern designer whose artwork is characteristically unique and whimsical. Her prints are the perfect remedy to sprucing up a boring wall and her pillows are the kind that make me want to curl up on the couch reading my favorite book on a rainy day.
Be sure to visit Leah’s shop and blog and follow her on twitter.
Photo by Stephanie Williams via Ruche
Last week, Ruche unveiled their bridal collection and my, oh my, there are so many things from it that I want to have and I want to hold. Photographed by Stephanie Williams at the Kimberly Crest, I couldn’t help but think of the photoshoot as a slightly modern-day Downton Abbey sans kissing cousins. In their look lookbook, you’ll find many things I adore about nature: flowers, wildlife, and a gramophone (ok, not necessarily nature-related, but it does resemble a flower and it’s also present on my design company’s website).
I’ve been an admirer of Ruche and its creators and designers, Mai and Josh Olivo, who aren’t far from my neck of the woods. I’m constantly astounded by the way they present their lovely products through heart-stopping photography, gorgeous props, and their overall genuine approach to promoting handmade goods.
Make sure to visit Ruche to check out the rest of their bridal collection.