Wild About: August 3, 2012

Birthday jewelry by Esther Yaloz

Colore me in love with the work of New York-dwelling artist and textile designer Esther Yaloz, whose birthday flowers made from satin fabric, metallic glass beads, and copper/silver chain are a thing of beauty. To me, they’re slightly reminiscent of creatures found in the deepest parts of the ocean, the ones that radiate the most brilliant of light and are as thin as strands of hair.

Esther wrote to me saying that “The the inspiration for the jewelry came from my love for wildflowers and wanting to preserve a moment\memory, so by collecting leaves and flowers that only grow and bloom in the spring and then ‘capturing’ them onto fabric they become timeless pieces. I really like the idea of elevating a wildflower into a piece of art.”

textile jewelry by Esther Yaloz

Be sure to check out Esther’s other artwork on her portfolio and her new shop on Etsy, where she might be selling some of her remarkable textile jewelry.

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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.

The Nature and Shape of Things

The dimensions of a volcano by Judy Kaufmann

One of my favorite subjects in math was geometry. I took a swift course in it during the summer before I entered high school and part of me wished to continue studying it, if only to play around with protractors, rulers, and colored pencils. It was the only math class I had up to that point that involved art! Who knew math could be so fun, right?

I recently went on the hunt for fun nature-inspired geometric art and here’s what I uncovered:

natural geometry

I admire the way these artists combined colors, shapes, and nature.

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.

The Big Dipper

Photo by Chris Stetson

Photo Info

  • Camera: Canon T2i
  • Lens: Nikon Nikkor-N 24mm f/2.8 with adaptor
  • ISO: 800
  • Exp: 8 sec

These summer nights have been exceptionally clear, especially out at our home out past wine country in Temecula. The lack of street and other city lights seems to make the stars of the night sky multiply. One night while out with the dogs I looked up and noticed one of the maybe three constellations I can name, The Big Dipper. I’ve always enjoyed looking at the stars but learning all of the constellations just went right over my head. I never really cared what they were called, or how they got their names, I just enjoyed looking up and seeing a sky full of sparkles.

I’ve also never been one to take pictures of the night sky so it took me a few tries to get what I was looking for, but I am really happy with the way this image came out. It was about 9:30PM and with the longer exposure, you get a little glimpse of the suns glow still on the horizon, not normally noticeable by the naked eye at that hour. It was so peaceful and quiet out there I think I might do it again while the night air is still warm.

Happy Summer!

About Chris Stetson

Chris is a photographer and graphic artist living in Temecula, CA. He grew up in a small beach town called Carpinteria which is just south of Santa Barbara, CA. He doesn't remember a time in his life when he wasn't doing something creative, whether it was drawing, painting, playing music, or playing around with cameras.

Garden Dub

I was poking around on Etsy today for a little inspiration and happened upon Garden Dub, a shop that I think could rival the likes of Anthropologie and Free People. I’m in awe of Toronto-based shop owner Jiorji’s keen eye for blending deep and vibrant colors together so beautifully. Jiorji’s bohemian style is growing on me exponentially thanks also in part to her styled product shots. Oh, the styling. So captivating and original and a great source of inspiration for any shops who want to improve their product photos.garden dub jewelry

Pop over to Garden Dub and spend a good party of your day perusing Jiorji’s shop for a load of other breathtaking jewelry, accessories, and clothing.

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.

Teardrop Beads

Photo by Donaville Herrick

A while ago, I mentioned that one of my hobbies in high school was making beaded bracelets. I kept at it for a few years until other hobbies got the better of me and I thought most of my beads had gone into storage or had been given away. Yesterday morning while doing a little summer cleaning and reorganizing my workspace, I uncovered a container full of beads went to town with purple teardrop beads that I fashioned together to make a bracelet.

Then I went to town with a photoshoot for my latest crafty creation, playing around with shooting at different apertures and shooting into the sun.

teardrop bracelet / photos by Donaville Herrick of Dearest Nature

Doesn’t the bracelet look right at home, hanging from the tree branches?

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.