Naturally Dyed Collections

The sea, the sea by Tinctory

Today’s set of collections comes from UK-based artist and dyer named Eva whose creations leave me breathless and almost at a loss for words. Using natural dyes from plants, flowers, and leaves from her surroundings, Eva creates some of the most captivating and luxurious hand-dyed silk pendants, bracelets, and brooches which she sells in her shop, Tinctory — currently closed at the moment, but keep an eye out!

Catch a quick glimpse at her complicated process, which includes an embroidery method called smocking, a technique that involves gathering fabric in a way that allows the fabric to stretch.

Here is just a sampling of the seasonal work produced by Eva, but be sure to check out her flickr stream for additional inspiration, all of which are inspired directly by nature.

Naturally dyed collections by Tinctory

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.

Puur Anders

Artist Information

I first heard about jewelry designer Miranda van Dijk from the Netherlands through Pia Jane Bijkerk via this wonderful post on Pia’s website. Miranda’s shop, Puur Anders which translates to “pure and different”, is a sight for sore eyes.

I love the way Miranda describes her handmade Hidden Memories: My collection Hidden Memories is inspired by the connection between nature and humankind.

Cotton photograph prints by Puur Anders

As someone who takes dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of my family each week, I can’t help but fall in love with Miranda’s collection of Hidden Memories. I display photos on my wall or in an album, but a cotton leaf? A linen hair accessory? Miranda’s Hidden Memories are a beautiful and ingenious way to treasure memories of the past. Each item contains a photograph transferred onto fabric, many of which allow customization.

With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the horizon, these are perfect gifts to show your love and appreciation for your parents.

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.

Mingsrealm

Artist Information

  • Based in Auckland, New Zealand
  • View Ming’s portfolio

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of paper. It’s one material that I don’t often get to utilize for design purposes, but I do often use it for arts and crafts. Paper is such a lightweight and versatile medium to work with, and the work of Ming, a paper artist and graphic designer from Auckland, New Zealand who “loves spending her time observing intricacies of nature … [and whose] love for tactility, curiosity to explore and to observe handmade craftsmanship and actual, physically built objects is expressed in her intricate paper cuttings and paper sculptures”. Read more about Ming on her website.

Ming shows the incredible and complex ways paper can be used to create art — creased, folded, and cut into precise shapes that are formed into some of the most tantalizing creatures. Behold some of Ming’s detailed paper constructions:

Ming's Realm

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.

Red Fish, Blue Fish: Nature Through the Art of M.A.Tateishi

Long Leaf series by Mary Anne Tateishi

Hello Dearest readers! I am so delighted by the arrival of spring – after a long, dark winter the sun seems brighter, the air feels light and the world appears to be full of colour. To celebrate this change of season, I am going to introduce you to the vibrant work of Canadian contemporary artist Mary Anne Tateishi.

Works by M. A. Tateishi

Although not a literal representation of our world, Tateishi creates an abstract adaptation of nature. In works such as “Continental Drift,” she uses mixed media to express the scientific temperament of the land we live on.

Wild City by M.A. Tateishi

In “Wild City” I see a perfect fantasy world and imagine myself living amidst tall blue buildings, covered in a jungle of pink and black leaves. Tateishi too, lives in this world of whimsy. Taking inspiration from her artwork, she has painted the walls of her own home in vibrant green, red, yellow, purple and blue. On a backdrop of lime green she hangs “Blip” which echoes the wall colour in a smattering of miniature green Canada maps.

Works by M. A. Tateishi

From sea to sky, Mary Anne translates our world into movement and moments – resulting in paintings such as “Squid Propulsion,” “Blue Fish” and “Blue Sky.” As the weather warms and the sun shines longer each day, take a moment to rejoice with this artist in the beauty and colour that surrounds us each and every day.

About Kaitlyn Webb Patience

Kaitlyn is the editor of isavirtue blog and the creator of isavirtue stationery. Using these outlets, she shares her profound obsession with contemporary art and snail mail. She lives on Vancouver Island in the beautiful Canadian province of British Columbia — here she finds inspiration from the world around her and the spirited people within it.

Apples & Oats Photography + A Giveaway {CLOSED}

White Beauty 8×10 fine art print by Jenn Meyers of Apples & Oats Photography

One of my all-time favorite songs is a cover by The Sundays of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses“. There’s something so eerily beautiful about the lead singer’s voice and the song itself is just soothing to listen to — perfect for light, ambient music while I blog or design a website.

If you’re a fan of wild or domesticated horses, you’re in for a treat. Today, Jenn Meyers of Apples & Oats photography is offering one Dearest Nature reader two 8×10 photos, valued at a total of $50 from her shop! Hailing from Logan, Utah, Jenn specializes in equine photography and captures “strength,beauty, spirit, grace, adventure, love, joy, and freedom” in all of her images.

Check out a few of my favorites from Jenn’s shop and for full giveaway details, see below:giveaway from Apples & Oats Photography

winner

Giveaway Details:
This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and ends on Wednesday, April 11th at 11:59pm (PST). One winner will be randomly selected and the winner will be announced on the blog on Thursday, April 12th.

How to Enter:
Visit Apples & Oats and tell us which is your favorite photo.

Additional Entries (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry for a maximum of four total entries per person):

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.