Photo by Tinywater Photography
I was an odd one in high school. Secretly, I wanted to be a hippie. Not in the live-off-the-grid-and-grow-a-beard sense — let’s face it, growing a beard presented its challenges what with being a woman and all — but in the sense that I listened to an inordinate amount of hippie music when I was fifteen. I didn’t don flowers in my hair or wear tan leather vests, but I did learn to play the guitar and sing along to The Mamas & the Papas. I remember belting out “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)” in my parents’ garage.
It was an interesting phase in my life, to say the least.
Had I clamped eyes on this hippie chic inspiration photoshoot in my teenage years, I think I would’ve been in hippie heaven. Photographed by Tinywater Photography and styled by Enjoy Events Co., the photoshoot was actually inspired by the very song that I’d sung to the imaginary audience of tens of people in my teenage years.
I love this photoshoot because it’s infused with so vibrant colors and is a delightful departure from the typical rustic Middle Earth-esque weddings I would usually associate with anything to do with nature and weddings.
And my guitar better watch out! It might get flower-bombed soon. I definitely feel the urge to photograph my guitar with flowers maybe draping the sides, perhaps? We’ll see.
Last Friday I mentioned that my little dearests are wild about dinosaurs and I imagine they always will be. My oldest, a three-and-a-half-year-old going on forty who might be turning British, thanks to the likes of Peppa Pig and Angellina Ballerina (two shows I can never pry her away from) — with her frequent use of the word “quite” — was the first to yearn for anything dinosaur-related. It started out with books, some of which were older books purchased from a thrift store but had to shelve because since their publication date scientists has proven that there’s no such thing as a brontosaurus, and then all-too-soon escalated into amassing a collection of over 20 dinosaur toys.
I wonder if artist and web/print designer Shyama Golden grew up with the same passion for dinosaurs. Her alluring illustrations might suggest she did. Shyama, whose name rhymes with “llama”, hails from Austin, Texas, a city that I’m convinced breeds an overabundance of talent and creativity. Growing up, Shyama “learned how to write code because [she] figured one day this internet thing would help [her] share my art with nice people all over the world. Back then [she] would draw images one pixel at a time, make bad oil paintings, memorize defunct 1960s architecture books, and take pictures of neighborhood cats with [her] dad’s SLR camera.” Learn more about Shyama on her website and this interview on Method & Craft.
If you’re not already a fan of dinosaurs, Shyama just might turn you into one. A fan, that is, not a dinosaur. Behold some of Shyama’s other gorgeous artwork depicting animals in the hippest and funniest of ways:
Check out more of Shyama’s art and design work on her portfolio and her shop.
Photo by Anastasia Marie Mikailenko
- glitter twine
- metallic twine
- mini kraft envelope
- metallic puff paint
- your gift wrapped in kraft paper
Hello there! This is Anastasia here from Anastasia Marie. It’s so exciting to be a part of this adventure on Dearest Nature. Looking forward to lots of fun creating all sorts of projects for you to try at home. And everything being nature inspired? Endless fun.
One thing that I love about nature is how when it gets messy, it’s still very beautiful. Example: when a tree falls over and starts decaying, don’t you think the forest still looks just as pretty? I like a good mess, occasionally. So it’s no wonder that I’m obsessed with all things kraft, especially when it comes to gift wrap. You can do pretty much whatever you want, get messy, and it still comes out looking neat. I’ve got one “messy” looking gift wrap for you today.
- 1. Take your jute and criss-cross to your heart’s content around the wrapped gift … don’t be overly neat! Tie down loose ends in the most inconspicuous space.
- 2. Tie little bows at each intersection on the top side of your gift, alternating between your metallic and sparkly twines.
- 3. Snip the loops in half with a pair of scissors.
- 4. Place some dots on the mini kraft envelope with your metallic puff paint and let dry.
- 5. Place the envelope in the most “naked” space and insert your special message inside.
Nobody said gift wrap had to be prim + proper. See you all again in two weeks!
Grow by Anna Garforth
Can you keep a secret?
Tucked away in London behind locked gates, artist and master moss manipulator Anna Garforth created a strikingly beautiful installation. Entitled “Grow“, the installation was a mesmerizing piece and a bold move on Anna’s part! The installation was made on a plot of land with buildings that were soon-to-be bulldozed to make way for new apartments.
I’ve been reprimanded “authorities” for photographing abandoned property before because I was a mere few yards away from a No Trespassing sign. I understand, the authorities’ concern, though because all too often vandals come around and spray graffiti on abandoned buildings. I wish certain people had more respect for buildings.
I think if more graffiti took on the form of planting beautiful, living typography like the sort Anna created, everyone would welcome it!
For further typographic inspiration from Anna, check out her following works: wild at heart, edible poster, play more, and pollinate.
If you’re like me, you’re an avid note-taker. I come across so much inspiration on a daily basis and jot almost everything down on either a notebook or notepad. Inspiration strikes at some of the oddest hours, sometimes in the middle of the night if I have an awkward dream I want to remember and incorporate into a blog post or keep in mind for a web design layout — yes, I dream about web design — so I keep a notebook, notepad, or post-its handy at all times. Honestly, you’d think they were growing out of my pockets!
Lately, I’ve been crushing on post-its from the Hach, namely the leaves, which, are available in a variety of colors and styles. Some of the post-its can even double as colorful bookmarks or tabs for organizing some of my jumbled thoughts in my notebooks.