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.
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.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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):