String Gardens

String Gardens in the spring photographed by Annelie Brujin

This morning I awoke uncharacteristically early (4:30am!) and alert and couldn’t for the life of me fall back to sleep. So, I enjoyed a little viewing of the sunrise, got to work on a couple of client projects for my design company Hello Hello Hi, then perused Pinterest for a good twenty minutes who thankfully updated their Terms of Service.

I have a project in mind that I want to try in April that involves string art, so I browsed Pinterest for inspiration and didn’t expect to come across Fedor Van der Valk‘s String Gardens (pinned by Laura Hubbell). While my project doesn’t involve gardening, I couldn’t resist sharing these incredible photos of Fedor’s String Gardens throughout the seasons.

String Gardens by Fedor Van der Valk in the winter photographed by Rose Sharon

^ Photos by Roza Sharon

 

I love it when form meets function and Fedor’s self-supporting string gardens fit that bill perfectly. Visit Design.nl to find out what inspired Fedor to create the string gardens.

String Gardens by Fedor Van der Valk photographed by Anne Dokter

^ Photos by Anne Dokter

 

These pieces are perfect for indoor or outdoor use and topsy turvy’s can’t hold a flame to these beauties. If you’re in Amsterdam, these are available for purchase at a shop called Pompon. For those of us who live elsewhere, we’re left to admiring these wondrous works of functional ar via the internets.

String Gardens in the summer and fall

^ Summer photos by Paul Barbera / Fall photos by Anne Dokter

 

Curious about how Fedor tends to these gardens? Check out thes whimsical instructional illustrations by Elsa Dray Farges on the String Gardens website.

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.

Wild About: March 23, 2012

Flower collection by Dinosaur Designs

What is “Wild About”?

  • At the end of each week our Editor, Donaville Herrick, highlights people, places, things, and/or ideas she’s wild about.

This week I’m wild about Dinosaur Designs. I recently heard about their shop via Amy Moss of Eat Drink Chic. While Dinosaur Designs’ shop doesn’t carry products that resemble actual dinosaurs, the slightest mention of the word “dinosaur” makes my three little dearests (a three-and-and-half-year-old and twenty-one-month-old fraternal twins) squeal in delight. Their daddy dearest has instilled in them a fiery love for dinosaurs (so strong it could fuel the sun) and that love has manifested itself into the form of a growing collection of toys and books that I’m sure we’ll need to create a Jurassic, or to be historically accurate, Cretaceous Park just to house all of them.

One peak at the collections in Dinosaur Designs’ shop will have you squealing in delight over their brilliantly designed products in various vibrant colors. Feast your eyes on these styled product photographs and oh, the colors!

products by Dinosaur Designs

Are you squealing yet?

It’s tough to choose a favorite, but I am particularly drawn to the dragonfly wing platter from their plum collection. Which of Dinosaur Designs’ products or collections are you wild about?

Other highlights around the internets

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.

Spring Pickin’s

Photo & Design by Donaville Herrick

Now that Spring is finally upon us (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that is), I wanted to introduce a new project called Spring Pickin’s.

From now until the end of spring, I will be picking up various things nature has decided to drop in my path. Some of what I find might be on a nature walk, or at the grocery store parking lot, or in my own backyard. On the 19th of each month, I’ll be posting updates of my Spring Pickin’s on the blog and highlighting anyone else who wants to play along.

Care to join me?

Here’s what to do:

  • Blog about Spring Pickin’s with a link back to this post and update your own blog with photos of what nature leaves behind in your neck of the woods.
  • Leave a comment with a link to your blog post so I can add you to the participants list.
  • If you don’t have a blog, feel free to email me photos of your Spring Pickin’s at info@dearestnature.com and be sure to include your full name (or at least first name and last initial)
  • Note: you don’t have to be a professional photographer to participate, you can snap photos with your iphone, too.

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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.

Kiko’s Attic

Petite bouquet necklace by Kiko’s Attic

Shop Info

I work with my hands a lot (designing for the web, crafting, changing the diapers of my twin 20-month-olds) and have never been one to usually adorn myself with jewelry, particularly earrings, bracelets, and rings. I grew up playing the violin and guitar, so rings were especially kind of annoying to wear. As a result, my jewelry collection is rather small, but I am trying to grow it … gradually.

Upon discovering a new-to-me shop Kiko’s Attic, owned by Akiko, I think my collection will be growing quite soon. And honestly if I win the lottery, I’ll be buying everything from Akiko’s shop.

jewelry and accessories from Kiko's Attic

I have my eye (and my wrist most definitely has its eye) on the moss colored bracelet above. Which piece(s) could you see yourself wearing?

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.

Oana Befort

Black ink and watercolour print by Oana Befort

Artist Info

Hello everyone! It’s Mr Yen here … before I start my post today, I would just like to take this opportunity to say I’m so excited to be writing my first post as a regular Dearest Nature contributor!

For my first inspiring post, I decided to introduce you to the fantastic illustrations created by Oana Befort. I realise some of you may have already seen some of Oana’s amazing work, but for those that haven’t, Oana creates detailed illustrations that are coloured using watercolours and incorporate beautiful line work.

Oana Befort

The piece you can see in this post is created with black ink and watercolours on 350gsm, acid-free Acquarello Fabriano paper. Just look at the striking detail that the pop of colour from the poppies creates! I think this piece works so well as the mixture of simplicity and detail really creates a strong image … plus, I think the faceless woman really adds a sense of mystery to it, too!

This illustration will be available as a print from Oana’s Etsy shop in April, so I suggest you head on over and add her to your favourites so you can get yours as soon as it is released.

About Mr Yen

Mr Yen creates paper cut art work and designs inspired by nature. Having taught himself to paper cut through years of practice, persistence and patience, he finds natural forms to be the most inspirational when creating his paper cut designs. You can see Mr Yen paper cut art here and buy Mr Yen paper cut art pieces here.