Fruits by Eva Black

Fruits by Eva Black

[editor’s note] For this week’s Type Tuesday, we’re featuring our very own friend and contributor Eva Black. View more of Eva’s exceptional work on her portfolio.

This piece was a project created while completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Biola University. The exercise’s objective was to create a sculptural or three-dimensional word based on various attributes of a well lived life. We ere also to convey the concept of our word within the context of the piece.

I chose to use baking ingredients such sugars, butter, eggs, oats, and flour to convey the word “Joy.” I started by choosing the typeface, Garamond, and cut the letterforms out in a stencil form. I then added my various ingredients to the stencil. It was messy, but I definitely had a lot of fun creating this piece!

About Eva Black

Eva is a freelance graphic designer based in Southern California, who runs her own studio specializing in brand identities and print. She has a mild obsession with anything that involves paper.

A Happy, Rainy, Cloudy DIY Roundup

Hello there! I’m Clemence from Oh The Lovely Things and I can’t say how excited I am to be sharing my first post here today.

Seeing spring coming and nature awakening makes my heart sing, but I know May flowers don’t come without April showers. The nice thing is rainy days don’t have to be gloomy!

Here are seven (including the one above) rain-inspired DIY projects that will brighten up the cloudier days.

April DIY Roundup by Clemence Herbillon of Oh The Lovely Things

About Clemence Herbillon

Clemence is a blogger, jewelry designer and school teacher based in Switzerland, Europe. She was raised in the French countryside with five siberian husky dogs, and kept an unconditional love for nature and all living creatures since then. She is obsessed with all things pretty and enjoys getting lost in the vortex of fashion, design, art, and inspiration blogs, as well as working on her own blog, Oh The Lovely Things, where she shares her creative projects and documents what inspires her each day.

Two of a Kind: Honey (and) Dew

Two things I love: honey and dew.

Oh, honey, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. To me, honey is the bee’s knees. Call me a bear if you want, but I love using it in place of other foods.

Here are some of my honeydo’s:

  • Instead of maple syrup on pancakes, I drench mine in honey.
  • I’ll put a dollop of honey in my lemonade.
  • I eat peanut butter and honey sandwiches.
  • I add a little extra honey to already honey nut cheerios.

And my honeydon’t:

  • Get it in my hair. This is more of a honeytrytoavoid. This often happens with pancakes thrown in the mix.

One of the postitives about waking up early is enjoying the smell of fresh dew on the lawn. I occasionally like to enjoy a nice warm cup of decaffeinated coffee (with a dash of honey) and check out the dew on the grass, listen to the birds chirping in the trees, and admire all the splendor of 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.

An Interview with Amamak Photography

Sunshine on My Mind by Amamak Photography

Artist Info

Photographer Michelle Karpman’s and model/photoshopper Aviva Artzy’s worlds collided to create the awesomeness that is Amamak Photography, a joint effort in which the pair have created a series of the dreamiest of double exposures.

Double exposure photography to me is akin to seeing two worlds collide. It’s kind of like a peek into two dimensions and before I start spouting ideas about quantum physics, which I know very little about, let’s enjoy a fun interview with the talented duo.

Share a little bit about each of yourselves.

Michelle: I’m from Montreal, Quebec, and I take pictures for fun. I first got into photography when I won a photo competition in high school and thought I was really cool and talented and then slowly accumulated a small army’s worth of cameras over the past few years. My room is now more reminiscent of a camera museum than a livable space and my free time, once spent doing ordinary things, — procrastinating, having friends — now consists of shooting, scanning and talking about myself in interviews.

Aviva: I, too, hail from Montreal! I grew up in a family almost entirely composed of artists and photographers, so I’ve always been interested in drawing or photoshopping or futzing with something artistic, somehow. Through Michelle I pretend to be good at photography, too.

How would you describe your artistic styles?

Michelle: While I’ve often heard of the many merits of developing a distinct style, I’ve never really actively considered fostering one of my own. More than an artistic style I think I have an artistic genre; I like my pictures to be ethereal and light-stricken and sweet. I don’t edit them to have a given, consistent feel or angle them to get a certain sentiment, I just take them so that they’re appealing.

Aviva: Style? I think my/our style is sort of “If it works, it works!”

Flicker by Amamak Photography

Flicker by Amamak Photography

Share a little bit about your collaboration, Amamak Photography, and also about your double exposure mixed project series.

Michelle: Aviva and I have been friends for about six years, before which we were archenemies. I used to bug her very consistently (and annoyingly!) to be my friend and she used to be mean and evil and generally uninterested in me which somehow organically evolved into us being mean and evil (and annoying!) together. Sometime during that period I got my first medium format camera and she became my pseudo-muse-best-friend-partner-in-crime/whine. And thus Amamak was born! I think all photographer-friendships get to a point where it’s either take pictures of each other in states of undress or move on.

Then some years later Aviva started combining our pictures in Photoshop and, well, I’ll just let her handle this part solo because I secretly already read what she wrote and it pretty eloquently sums up this whole Mixed Project venture.

Aviva: Our ‘collaboration’ (which some might just call a friendship?) basically stems from our mutual love of portrait photography, beautiful places, and combining the two. We’re two girls who like to take pictures together and have fun while we’re at it, without putting too much pressure on the whole thing. You could pretty well say the same of the mixed project, which started as an accident, which we quite liked, so we went with it! We created a set of double exposures that were, quite literally, combinations of portraits and beautiful nature shots. In portrait photography in general, and particularly our own, there’s a lot of focus on the model, usually associated with a sense of intimacy. With this project, it’s less about a photo of my face and more about a really magical combination of person and nature, where I’m more of an aesthetic prop than the real focus. If anything, the emphasis is on how the two elements, sometimes in complete opposition and other times quite complementary to each other, look when combined. Also we just like them because they turn out pretty!

Mini prints from Amamak Photography

Mini prints from Amamak Photography

Describe your process of creating the double exposure.

Michelle: WELL, I actually do all of the work the whole thing was my idea and since I’m so proficient, artistic and naturally skilled with Photoshop I had absolutely no problem bringing the ideas which I already had and did not randomly stumble upon to life on my computer screen. Aviva will explain the details of my skill which I do have and understand but wish not to share myself.

But really my job chiefly ends after the whole buying film, taking pretty pictures, getting them processed and scanning adventure.

Aviva: This is actually my domain! (Michelle stop trying to steal my thunder not cool)

As I mentioned earlier, this project started completely accidentally. I’d dragged a photo (nature- themed) on top of another photo (me-themed) and hit ‘screen’ and it just sort of … worked. I’d like to say it was a pretty special moment but I don’t actually remember it at all. I just saw something I liked and decided I must recreate it. So I did! That’s about as conceptual as it gets. The actual ‘creation’ of a double exposure in Photoshop is pretty simple stuff, there’s no secret we’re hiding on that front. You open two photos, drag one on top of the other and change the ‘top’ layer’s mode to ‘screen’. Sometimes I make other minor adjustments, possibly insignificant details to suit my fancy on a case-by-case basis. About 90% of the “process” really comes down to choosing which shots to superimpose, and there’s a lot of trial and error involved until we get something that we really love.

So far, which of the installments in your mixed project is your favorite?

Michelle: My definite favourite is Fading. Just love the silverness and colour scheme as a whole.

Fading by Amamak Photography

Aviva: Yes, I concur. I also have love for pretty much all of them, partially due to aesthetic pleasure and probably partially due to familiarity.

Can we expect to see more in the mixed project series?
Michelle: I can’t possibly see why not! They’re easy enough to make and just require the right combinations of nature and Aviva-human. Also they’re lovely.

Aviva: Yes! We’ve only posted a handful online, but we’ve got many more we’re saving up. Michelle knows nothing.

The Forest by Amamak Photography

The Forest by Amamak Photography

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.

Outdoors In: JooJoo

A table setting for Persian New Year / Photo by Afsaneh Tajvidi

For today’s Outdoors In feature, we’re highlighting the indoor space of Afsaneh Tajvidi who hails from Toronto, Canada, and is a maker of many lovely things including jewelry, prints, and the most darling of clay figurines.

I fell in love with all of the personal touches of Afsaneh’s space and how she has decorated her space with many of the unique items and art she creates.

[image above]: Afsaneh uses a shadow box from Mr. Tom’s vintage shop to organize and showcase her clay figurines.

[image above]: Bright and fun objects that pop against the grey walls in Afsaneh’s bedroom. The little ceramics were purchased in China Town in Toronto by Afsaneh’s mother.

Joojoo's indoor garden

[image above]: Afsaneh’s little indoor garden which includes three cacti that were given to her as gifts from her brother and a miniature jade bonsai. Read more about Afsaneh’s little garden here.

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.