When Fashion and Nature Collide – March 2018

Check out this post from 3C Style! Dominique has put together outfits based on nature and I promise you will be captivated! She has inspired me to stay strong, stay stylish and I am seriously crushing on this fabulous fashion!

People are naturally drawn to the bright colors and organic look of flowers. And the view of animals often brings an Awww feeling as well. Personally, my fashion aesthetic is rooted in part in my love for nature and art. The colors and patterns of flowers and critters always inspire me new outfit ideas! When I pointed that out to Roda, from Growing Self, in a comment on her blog she replied So cool! Let’s do this. And that’s how the idea of this special project started. I was already planning to style some outfits based on Darren’s flower pictures so naturally we asked The Arty Plantsman to team with us. Another friend of ours soon joined us: Lisa, from Lismore Paper. We are the Fabulous Four.
The third wednesday of each month you will see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Roda’s critter…

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When Fashion & Nature Collide: March Edition

Check out Growing Self blog. Roda captures nature’s finest critters up close and personal. You don’t want to miss this!

Growing Self

Fashion is such a beautiful form of self-expression.  Although, I do enjoy clothing, I admit that I am not a poster child for the latest fashion craze.  If sandals, embroidered floral jeans and “I  my donkey” tees are in style, then I am golden!  I do find it interesting to learn about current trending styles and colors, but I will always be true to myself.   Feeling confident and comfortable, in my clothing, always makes me feel extra fabulous! As I always say, JUST BE YOU!

Nature is a constant inspiration for not only my art and photography, but in my daily life.  Nature is inspiring!  Just walk outside…the smell of Spring…a bird’s love song…it doesn’t take much and my senses explode!  Mother Nature’s inspiration is endless… we just need to slow down and take the time to notice.

On the third Wednesday of each month, you will experience…

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When Fashion and Nature Collide: Iris elegantissima and Geissorhiza radians

Visit the Arty Plantsman. Darren has an incredible wealth of plant knowledge and his art is out of this world. He is so inspiring!

The Arty Plantsman

When Fashion and Nature Collide: March 2018

This is the first of my contributions to the special collaboration announced here on the 18th. These flowers and Roda‘s critter photos have provided the inspiration for Dominique‘s styling and Lisa’s art this month. Please go and visit their own blogs and see their posts.

elegantissima Iris elegantissima – photo by author

Iris elegantissima (more formally Iris iberica ssp elegantissima) is found wild in Turkey, Iran and Armenia. The classic area being in the foothills of Mount Ararat where it has been described as looking like a drift of discarded handkerchiefs where it flowers in the grass: You can see a good example at: http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-bearded-iris-iris-elegantissima-iris-iberica-ssp-elegantissima-ararat-12820999.html

Iris elegantissima is one of the Oncocyclus Irises, a group within the same section as the classic bearded Iris of gardens. It has similarly large flowers but on stems often only a few inches high.

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When Fashion and Nature Collide – March

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Fashion and Nature flow together seamlessly. I love the texture and vivid colors paired with a vintage flair that spans across decades. Timeless pieces regardless of the trend. Nature is an inspiration for my art as it is paired with elements of texture, ephemera, and pieces like lace and etchings. I also love to walk outside and take in the world around me. The palette that surrounds us in life is full of magic. Mother Nature truly allows for endless possibilities. If you take a look in your closet, you will find the same. Textile artists have captured the same feel and have used those same color palettes for centuries. I can only imagine that they were also inspired by their surroundings so many years ago. Take a look at how they pair…

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In my art, I use the layers to achieve the collision between these worlds. It amazes me that a flower or a critter grows to be breathtakingly beautiful with lively colors that would not be paired together normally. It isn’t until we see them in bloom or running in the wild that we pair these colors together. We use them in so many ways without thinking about the a original inspiration.

March Art Sample

On the third Wednesday of each month, you will see the collision of fashion and nature. My portion of this wonderful collaboration is an art piece that brings all the elements together. I will also include an item or two collaborated from the pieces of the members of our team. I will also share posts here on my blog from Darren, Dominique, and Roda. Please visit these fantastic sites, they are so incredibly talented.

Right click or highlight to save the 1″ circles to your drive. For personal use only. This is sized to print on 8.5 x 11 paper.

March planner and craft circles

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The Collision…March 21st

March Art Sample

I am so excited to announce a collaboration with three amazingly talented, beautiful, and beyond creative friends; Darren, TheArtyPlantsman, Dominique, 3CStyle, and Roda, Growing Self. When I was asked to create art for this project, I cannot even begin to explain how passionate and excited I am to be a part of this team.

Dominique explains the project beautifully, “When Fashion and Nature Collide, which showcases our love for critters, flowers and art. Our passion let it be photography, drawing or fashion is nurtured by the beauty and harmony of nature, shared friendship and a common desire to stay connected in order to keep growing and blooming. Each month starting on March 21st you will see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Roda’s critter pictures and Darren’s flower pictures. Each one of us will post a specific blog post describing the species or in my case the clothing. It’s a rendez-vous we hope you won’t miss it and that it will encourage you to seek inspiration from Mother Nature.”

Please visit Dominique’s launch post for more information and learn more about me, my interview, with her at 3CStyle.

Click on the link to save the art as a PDF When Fashion and Nature Collide March

 On March 21st, each of us will publish a new, linked post for this collaboration. Can’t wait to see you there!

Meet the team!!

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Medicinal Plant Botanical Art

Red Leave Botanical Print

Calodracon nobilis, also known as the Cabbage Palm, Good Luck, Palm Lily.

This plant makes for remarkable botanical art, but I was pleasantly surprised by this plants medicinal properties. The root placed in vinegar is used for preparation against bleeding. The leaf, in form of infusion oil, is used to treat wounds. Infusion of three crushed leaves of the purple cultivar is used for a hypotensive drink. Proximal (lower) portion of leaf is macerated in olive oil for a cataplasm (spread over skin) for wounds. The chemical compound contains steroidal saponins.

This would look wonderful decoupaged onto wood since it has rich color. It also looks fantastic in a frame, I just printed this out for my home.

Right click or highlight to save paper to your drive. For personal use only. I have sized it to print as 8.5 x 11 or A2. For more like this, please visit LismorePaperCo.com

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Botanical Paper

Blue Pincushion and butterfly botanical paper 8.5 x 11

Originally, I was going to post about doodling and my favorite artist pens by Faber-Castell. Then, I ran across this Blue Pincushion (Brunonia australis) from an 1840 gardening magazine. The star shaped petals add so much texture to the drawing and I love the color. Some of the leaves had to be restored because of water damage, but it gives it character. I placed the restored botanical on invoice paper, added an architectural render, and butterfly to create a new piece of art from ephemera.

This would look lovely in a frame, decoupaged onto wood or furniture, or as a scrapbook page. I have recently seen material created from these types of prints by Spoonflower.  When I clicked on their site, I see you can order fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap, home decor, and children’s clothing (cut & sew) using your own design. I am going to look through my paper and give it a try, I especially love the pillows. I will post about my experience once I try it.

Right click or highlight to save paper to your drive. I have sized it to print as 8.5 x 11 or A2. For more like this, please visit LismorePaperCo.com

Happy Sunday!