About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Stephanie Ryan

Artwork by Stephanie Ryan

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You could say the work of Stephanie Ryan can only described one way … gorgeous! But now that I think about it, more words come to mind: delicate, pretty, bright, bold, dreamy … ok, so a few more ways than just one!

Stephanie Ryan Design / article by Jasmine Flamenco / featured on dearestnature.com

Stephanie discribes herself as a creative soul, a nurturer, an inspirer. She says, “through the use of simple shapes and thoughtful colors, I found that I could express a piece of myself through my art. Peaceful, serene, and beautiful are the colors that I use to express how I feel, and the simple uncomplicated shapes are the life that I am trying to obtain. It is my dream to reach people and soothe their hectic lives with quiet thoughts of inspiration.”

I love that last part about soothing — something I think all of us need at one time or another!

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Herriott Grace

Large serving spoon by Herriott Grace

Herriott Grace is a father/daughter team producing amazing one off wooden and ceramic pieces. Lance and Nikole Herriott live 3400 kilometers apart: his workshop is in Victoria, British Columbia, and her studio is in Toronto, Ontario.

The products, ranging from spoons to bowl, chopping boards to rolling pins, are gorgeous in their irregularity and have a delightful handmade, unique feel.

products by Herriott Grace

They are inspired by homesteads and farms and early morning light. By travel, via train and old world hotels. By well-worn tables and the meals around them. But most of all, by tradition, by trees and by things made by hand.

I could just about stock my whole house with this loveliness!

products by Herriott Grace

And how delightful is the styling and photography, all done by Nikole.

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Cat Rabbit

Image via Cat Rabbit

I would like to introduce you to something a little different today. A little while ago I was searching for some website inspiration and came across the beauty that is Cat Rabbit.

I was immediatly in love with the super cute photos, layout, and logo. It wasn’t until I clicked on Menagerie that I realised exactly what Cat Rabbit did.

p.s. How cool is the name?

*Mind… BLOWN*

stuffed toys by Cat Rabbit

Are these little guys not the cutest things you have ever seen?!

So today, I wanted to share with you a little email interview I did with Cat from Cat Rabbit:

ME: Where did you get the idea to make these guys from?

CAT: I started making plush versions of the little illustrated characters I would draw in the margins of my schoolbooks while I was at University around 2004. They started out as gifts for friends and then I moved into selling them in stores and markets, participating in exhibitions and now, 8 years later, I am making them full time.

I had never dared to hope I could make a living doing something so fun, but here I am. Pretty lucky I guess!

Feathered warrior by Cat Rabbit

ME: What inspires you?

CAT: I am super inspired by my friends that make things: I share a studio with the brilliant Andrea Innocent and Catherine Campbell who are constant sources of inspiration and also very tolerant of my felty mess. I am also inspired by animals, particularly pugs.

ME: Explain a little bit about your process. 

CAT: I usually start from a sketch – I particularly like drawing the outfits I want to dress my characters in. I don’t use a pattern as such, it’s more of a sculptural process where I add bits as I go along. They very rarely look the same as the original sketch, but that means the end product is always a nice surprise!

ME: What’s your favourite colour?

CAT: I have a few favourite colours on rotation: duck egg blue, sunshiney yellow, peach and brick red. All those colours together would be dreamy.

ME: Your website and logo is top notch, who designed it?

CAT: A Tasmanian design collective called Floating World. They are friends of mine and so it was a real pleasure working with people who really understood what I did and could communicate it through my site and logo so well. They have now disbanded to do amazing things as individual designers.

Cat Rabbit

Thanks Cat for taking the time to answer my questions. Love your work and always look forward to seeing your latest creations!

Make sure you go check out Cat Rabbit’s store for all the cuteness.

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

The Design Pallet

Elm slab side table by The Design Pallet

The Design Pallet‘s shop is full of gorgeous homewares made from small cut offs from previous projects, and recycled timber.

The Design Pallet

Many pieces in the shop have just a hint of the mechanical, from glass test tubes to metal table bases, allowing the rustic feel of the wood to be modernised. I feel like wood had the tendency to be boring, but these pieces are anything but! I love that Design Pallet is totally on trend with their use of geometric, minimal designs. How amazing would the vases look with a single bright flower in each tube look?!

test tube decor from The Design Pallet

The tables made from slabs of salvaged wood are seriously beautiful. The natural grain is allowed to shine through, knots and all. I think it’s the imperfections that make these tables so amazing.

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.

Smarin

Photo via Smarin

Oh. My!

I was flicking through an old Homes & Gardens (the British version) circa 2009, looking for inspiration for Dearest Nature. I scribbled down ‘Living Stones’ and a website address. I don’t really remember what these living stones were … and unfortunately, the website is non existent.

Bummer!

But! Using my powers of investigation and sheer braininess (aka I ‘Google it’) I found something.

1. Living Stones are really cool succulents and 2. Smarin

smarin

Smarin is a workshop started, I’m guessing, by designer Stéphanie Marin. Quoting from the  Smarin website, ”Stephanie Marin focused very early on eco-design … she proposes a universe that is non-conformist, playful and dreamlike.”

Labelled as ‘Editions’,  Smarin has so many products that reflect natural forms in a surrealistic manner.

smarin

I’m pretty sure I want my house to be filled to the brim with these Living Stones… and how fun does the eating tree look?

About Jasmine Flamenco

Jasmine is a maker, crafter, ceramicist, wife, knitter, origami amateur, and Master Chef in the making (if Master Chef only included making vegetarian food). Visit her blog for lively inspiration.