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Inspired by Nature | Number 14 | 2020

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Hello Art by Nature readers! COVID19 is still in our lives and it isn’t looking like she’s going to leave soon. Some of us are trying to live with it and some of us aren’t. With a sister in law working as a doctor in Tilburg in the Netherlands, and also for our volunteer editor, Stephen King preparing to return to university, and having a young family myself, for me there’s no denying that the virus is real. So I try to be as careful as I can out of respect for those who risk their lives to service others. But even in this atmosphere of anxiety, we still have art to inspire us and give us hope for the future. And I hope that with this magazine that I in turn will provide some inspiration for artists all around the world! In this issue, we meet sunflowers, which for me are beacons of life. I remember holidays in France, where sunflowers would stare as I drove with my family.The depth of the sunflower’s head, those tiny seeds, neatly put together. As if Mother Nature had some spare time on a sunday morning, and with a needle she sewed these seeds together. Reading further, you may feel the warm sun on your skin, as you walk with Lisette, through the sand, woodlands and sand dunes in search of inspiration. You will dance and meditate with Lida in an effort to connect with Mother Nature. And be inspired by the amazing journey of Juul’s favourites writers. Jacolien de Jong, who featured in a previous edition, shares her vision on how nature is secretly spying on us in her new column ‘Nature's Vision”. And you should never miss the opportunity to be inspired by Merel Slootheer’s column, ‘Zoom’, where you will be challenged to take a closer look at wonderful nature.

Finally, Constantijn brings us hope with the amazing artwork “The Wall of Flowers” that has been constructed in the Flower Art Museum. I am also delighted with another collaboration with our first “Museum Special” presenting the ‘Earth Laughs in Flowers’ where artists show how nature deals with our changing world. Please do continue to follow the magazine And share with others. Thank you and enjoy edition 14! Tessa Valk Founder, Editor-in-chief & Designer

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new eyecatcher at flower art museum

wall of flowers

Photographer Mariska de Graaf


We were initially in shock with the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown. The museum had to close, all activities were canceled, and the beautiful exhibition that we were to open could not take place. A few weeks later we changed our mindset. Nobody gets anywhere by being gloomy, C

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"In these gloomy times when nothing seemed possible, we found the peace and tranquility to work out a plan..." First we started to renovate the museum garden with the help of our volunteers. It was nice to work outside in the sun, at a safe distance, but still together. There is a wall around part of the museum to screen off the site. A very long, very dull grey wall. We had wanted to do something about it for years, but all plans failed because of a lack of budget. And then it happened. In these gloomy times when nothing seemed possible, we found the peace and tranquility to work out a plan together with the artist duo AlexP. The idea was simple. Let's turn a boring wall into a sea of flowers! We registered with the cultural crowdfunding platform voordekunst.nl and they were enthusiastic and asked us to make a promotional video. So we did and a few weeks later we launched our idea without really knowing what to expect. The response was better than we ever imagined. Not only did we receive many donations, dozens of people also wrote enthusiastic statements of support. Three months later we were able to unveil the Wall of Flowers, an artwork which is 64 meters long (three times as long as in the original plan). It is a so-called "photile", a computer artwork composed of small images. With 13,000 flower photos that we collected among the public, AlexP made an ingenious flower artwork that is a joy to look at. With the help of many, our once dull wall has been transformed into a beautiful eyecatcher. v

Find out more: flowerartmuseum.nl

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breathe in breathe out WITH CORA VERHAGEN Art By Nature interviewed designer and artist, Cora Verhagen, in our 13th issue. Since then, Cora has launched her new website: Calm Vibes TV which bridges art, science and health, and she has agreed to tell us more about it here. T

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I am still learning and continue to be regularly amazed at how far we have become detached from the power of our own body in our luxurious, western lifestyles. We have become accustomed to finding solutions for inconveniences outside of ourselves, but learn far too little about how we can take care of a healthy body and mind from the inside. Relaxation – and being able to find it – plays a crucial role in this. Once I discovered all that relaxation can activate, I could no longer let go of it and I intuitively felt that I wanted to spread this message further. I try to make this accessible in a simple way via Calm Vibes TV. Not by letting you meditate for hours, but by simply making beautiful organical animated videos that have a calming effect on your breathing.Calm breathing ensures that your nervous system calms all body functions. Oxygen is better transported through your body, your heart rate and blood pressure go down, and stress-causing hormones are stopped or reduced.

"Relaxation – and being able to find it – plays a crucial role in this." In this way you calm yourself with the help of images and sound, and you will see that negative chain reactions are converted into positive chain reactions. With Calm Vibes TV I develop videos for public areas, waiting areas, business areas, healthcare facilities, wellness centers, retail locations and people can hire me to develop meditation and visualization videos as part of therapy or coaching. In addition, I organize (online) relaxation sessions in collaboration with various professionals in the field of mental and physical health. I love to help others in my own way on their way to more self-love, gentleness and health." v

You can find calm vibes tv on calmvibes.tv or visit Cora’s Vimeo channel: vimeo.com/channels/calmvibes

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MUSEUM SPECIAL 'EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS'


earth laughs in flowers WITH CONSTANTIJN HOFFSCHOLTE "Earth laughs in flowers" is a famous phrase from a poem by American writer and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). He believed - even in those days - people should appreciate nature more than they did. In his poem, Emerson gives the Earth a voice. Earth has to laugh at humans because they always act as if they own it, while in reality they come and go while Earth remains. "They called me theirs / Who so controlled me / Yet every one / Wished to stay, and is gone / How am I theirs, if they cannot hold me / But I hold them?" The way we relate to nature remains a concern, maybe now more than ever. If the Covid19 crisis shows us one thing, it may be that the world becomes a more beautiful place when people take a step back. While the human world came to a stop, nature revived. Air became cleaner, silence returned and flora and fauna ventured into places where they previously stayed away.

With this in mind, the Flower Art Museum in Aalsmeer selected five artists who each in their own way let nature run free in their work. What does this bring? An exuberantly blossoming world full of surprising beauty. The exhibition “Earth laughs in flowers”, with work by Eelco Brand, Martin Groen, Katinka van Haren, Nikkie le Nobel and Mireille Schermer, runs from October 17, 2020 until January 10, 2021.

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Above left: Katinka van Haren, paper art, Above right: Martin Groen, landscape painting Below left: Mireille Schermer, “Nature works”, Below right: Eelco Brand, prints and animations

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wild at heart MUSEUM SPECIAL 'EARTH LAUGHS IN FLOWERS'

WITH NIKKIE LE NOBEL

I love plants and how they grow from a tiny cutting to a larger plant. Their wealth of shapes and colours, their own character and preferences. When I was little, my parents used to point at every plant alongside the way, telling me what it was called. Not that I always liked that back then! Nowadays I live in a nice house with a lot of studio space and indoor plants, unfortunately without a garden. But luckily I have a roof terrace with a little greenhouse on it. I am often busy repotting cuttings as you can see in my paintings. Photo: Daantje Stroo

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"A t a certain point I stopped teaching and was able to focus entirely on my own work."

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Becoming an artist

I studied at the art academy in Tilburg. After my studies, in addition to the work I made in my studio, I taught drawing and painting to adults at a cultural center for years. In the meantime, I got in touch with art galleries and my own work continued to improve. At a certain point I stopped teaching and was able to focus entirely on my own work. I do, however, regularly guide amateur artists in their creative process and give workshops. Childrens play

When I was little my father studied architecture. My mother helped him build the models, small sponge trees and houses made of cardboard stood everywhere in our house.

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From left to right: 1 My living room 2 Herbarium 3, oil & embroidery on canvas, 120 x 100 cm. 3 Aerial Roots, oil & embroidery on canvas , 150 x 120 cm.

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"T he ambiguity of our perception is my motive to make layered paintings and drawings..."

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When friends came over to play, we often created something from all kinds of materials that my mother had collected. She also taught me how to make clothes on the sewing machine and I printed my own photos in an improvised darkroom. I remember I always looked through Bakker's thick plant guide and cut out all kinds of beautiful pictures of plants and made collages. A screenshot of my photos on the computer

Natural shapes

The ambiguity of our perception is my motive to make layered paintings and drawings, both in the use of paint and in building an image. In this way I am able to explore the formal qualities of a painting, as well as the relationship between the different layers of the image. The shapes come into existence intuitively, originating from the behaviour of the paint itself, or strictly directed, appearing realistic. The relationship they enter into intrigues me, as does the relationship between the two- dimensional plane and the illusion of space.

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My inspiration often comes from natural shapes. Precisely these forms, unburdened by meaning, give me space to make images that I can give their own painted meaning. I admire Gerhard Richter for his choice to make very realistic and purely abstract work side by side. The connecting element between the figurative and the abstract work is his perception, he examines reality in various ways. I like the intensity that can be seen in both forms of expression of his work.


When I Look Back, oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm.

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My House Plants 1, 2 and 3 in my studio. Each oil & nylon fibers on canvas, 150 x 120 cm.

Connecting the Dots, oil & nylon fibers on canvas, 150 x 120 cm.

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Photographs of paintings and drawings in various stages


"I recognize the puzzle and shuffle with shapes..." This intensity can also be seen in the work of René Korten. On his website you can find a video in which he is working. With a lot of attention and precision. I love his paintings! There too I see similarities with my own way of working, I recognize the puzzle and shuffle with shapes, the use of the computer as a sketch pad, and the precision transfer of that sketch to the canvas.

No Deposit 1, oil & embroidery on canvas, 170 x 120 cm.

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(e.g. cuttings) from which I choose a few suitable ones and edit on the computer. Then I rearrange and merge them. The resulting new image is my starting point for a new painting. During the painting process I sometimes take pictures of my painting again, edit them on the computer and continue painting.

The image in the final painting is withdrawn from reality and it touches something else - percep­ tion, feelings and suggestion, without trying to tell a story.

The other way is that I start making (abstract) shapes on the canvas. I photograph that background and then 'sketch' it further on the computer. Layer after layer, the final image is created. v

Often one of the layers of the image consists of another material; an embroidered layer or a flocked, velvet-like layer. By way of these additions I am able to make a layer that distinguishes itself from the other layers, ad­ ding a sense of enrichment or intensity to my canvases.

I roughly work in two different ways. One is that I take a series of photos of my subject

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WITH JACOLIEN DE JONG As a visual artist you are always 'on', you are open to sensory experiences and are inspired by the everyday. That which has always been there. Work inspired by these watching eyes

Imagine, we are in the car together on the way home there is a sudden cloudburst, a real downpour. We leave the highway to take a break in a parking lot. The wipers go back and forth, back and forth. We eat a sandwich and while it dries, we see the trees looking at us. The parking lot appears to be bordered by gray poplars, a tree whose knots are like human eyes. Once you discover the eyes, you will experience the great anxiety of having so many eyes looking at you, and the inescapable feeling, we are being watched. The majesty of the poplars highlights how insignificant and small you can be in relation to this all-encompassing nature, and reinforces the fact,we are all nature. Once you have seen how these trees stare at you, you can never again ignore the gray poplar. by SK

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Jacolien is an artist, she lives and works in Utrecht. In her drawings she uses organic material to emphasize her visual language. Here's my column! jacoliendejong.kunstinzicht.nl

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the mysterious colour story WITH LISETTE MARIJE As a kid my parents took me and my brother for walks in the forest and the dunes. They taught us the names of plants, trees, and animals. And more important, they taught us to see and wonder. While walking through nature I am always fascinated by the texture and colors of the landscape. And, if I had not become an artist, I would have become a biologist. by SK

Noordvoort between Noordwijk and Zandvoort (The Netherlands)

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Collection 'Blossom'

Never a straight line My route, as with my wanderings through nature, has never been a straight line. I started as a graphic designer, but missed working with and for people. So I studied social work with a degree in art education. As I am a good writer I rolled into the profession of webeditor and after that, added graphic design to become a content specialist. For 15 years my art was something I did in my spare time. After a corporate reorganisation I lost my job, and at the beginning of this year I took the leap to become a full time artist, teacher and freelance (web) editor. In this, I followed my heart to make art and inspire others. * See struinkunst.nl where I share art lessons and a peek at my art journals.

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"My route, as with my wanderings through nature, has never been a straight line."

The red line Being a child of an upholsterer and model builder, and a seamstress, knitter and quilter there was a lot of material available for me to practice with. I always say I could draw before I could walk. A great anecdote about this is while my dad sat on the ground at the coffee table drawing a new model design, I crawled towards him, hoisted myself up to the table (I was in diapers and could barely stand on my own) and my father gave me one of the drawing pencils. I immediately started to draw ‘circles’ on a piece of paper my dad had placed underneath to prevent me drawing on the table. As a kid – and later as an adult - I tried about every craft there is. Until this day I like to experiment and mix many techniques. However drawing is the base line – everything I do starts with a drawing.


Project 'Giant Tulip Bulbs'

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"Colour, texture and design of the surface of objects are my main focus."

Subconcious drawing at the sound of the sea (Struinkunst.nl)

Main focus Nature and our landscape is my main inspiration – I love wandering around with a sketchbook and camera, noting the things I see and collecting pretty feathers, stones, leaves, twigs and bones. I love textures and soft and subtle colors. Colour, texture and design of the surface of objects are my main focus. Mysterious fables also inspire me. In these fairy tales people try to 30

explain nature they cannot comprehend. As a kid I strongly believed in fairies, ghosts, and traumatized landscapes and I still enjoy a good ghost story or magical place. I love to read books with a little magical touch like the books of Kate Morton who shares my belief that a house can have a personality and a soul. The dreamlike and vivid writing of Erin Morgenstern comes to life in ‘The Night Circus’. It didn’t matter where the story was going or how


These days my journals are a mix of journal entries, sketches, colour explorations, photos, quotes, book notes, magazine images, paintings, herbaria and more. But I like it that way; creativity for me is non-linear and a bit of a messy process. When I start a painting, I start with some studies in my sketchbook(s). A study includes colour combinations, composition and inspirational quotes, poems or texts*. After sketching and studying I start painting (or drawing) an underpainting or first layer. I like to start from the heart – a subconscious process using yoga, music and incense to get in a certain state of mind and flow. Than follows a more conscious process where I clarify shapes, build upon layers and add details and symbols. Studies 'Eens ging de zee hier tekeer'

the ending was going to be – I just wanted to stay in this magical realm forever. Everything I do starts with a drawing. Since 2012 I have been using sketchbooks instead of loose drawing paper. I tried to have sketchbooks for different purposes (journaling, painting process, knitting, weaving, etc) but I gave up. Ideas spark at the most inconvenient moments so I learned to just have one (or a few) sketchbooks around and grab the closest one.

Most often my titles emerge in this stage – it is the stage where the story of the work takes shape. Titles are important for me; much of my work has a certain abstraction to it. A title gives a hint of my story but leaves room for the story of the spectator.v * for example: the project ‘Eens ging de zee hier tekeer’

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into the woods WITH LIDA SHERAFATMAND There are two pillars in Lida’s art. Natural forms, and colours of beauty demonstrate an ancient wisdom, hidden inside nature of both human life, and the environment that surrounds us. She feels that by painting flowers she brings humans and nature closer together, as they are in essence each part of the other. by SK

Lida and her painting "Spirit of a Recevinig Rose"- Photo by Daniele Pitre

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"I took that inspiration and presented the emotional space inside a flower connecting it to our social realities" contribute I was born in Iran and have lived a life of war, revolution, and persecution. I have also experienced life as a refugee, including the distress of statelessness, loss of wealth, and of poverty. These experiences inspired a sense of responsibility in me, to use my artwork to contribute to my surroundings.

Closer to each other My main influences in painting are Georgia O'Keeffe, who inspired me with a landscape inside of a flower picture that, the internal world of a flower. I took that inspiration and presented the emotional space inside a flower connecting it to our social realities with the aim of bringing people and nature closer to each other. Mahmoud Farshchian also inspired me with his highly delicate brush technique, and poetic detailing. Mahmoud uses a Persian miniature painting technique which he made his own by freeing the brush strokes but still maintaining discipline. As I am also Persian, I love to take my personal heritage into my art. William Blake blends poetry and images together, which resonates a lot with my soul, as each painting of mine also has a poem which expresses the same story I am telling in my painting, only in words.

Painting by Mahmoud Farshchian "Duet of Love", oil on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, 2018, by Lida Sherafatmand

Nicholas Roerich as a painter and philosopher who was active on the international scene inspires me in being a multi faceted artist who engages society in my art, and has a more active role than an artist who just creates in his isolated studio. Ritual BEHIND THE SCENES | ART BY NATURE

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My process is a ritual which begins with a sacred dance, meditation, and contemplation. The light of candles leads my soul to a bright and pure world of faith which brings me visions. Surrounded by serenity and clearness of mind, images appear to me, which I then paint. v

lida.gallery Answers are formed with quotes of Tangible PR and Dr Ramin Hajian Fard, Art Historian Currently Lida is preparing a collection of floral paintings for the new floral art museum section of Natural History Museum of Struga (musrumstruga.mk). She will also have a major solo show at The Flower Art Museum in Aalsmeer(flowerartmuseum.nl)

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wonderland WITH JUUL RAMEAU Located on the edge of Het Groene Woud National Park, North Brabant, in the bustling high-tech center of Eindhoven. Juul loves the outdoors, especially lakes, rivers, canals and the marine spaces. She observes her surroundings and tries to inspire and connect people. As an artist she conceives and realises concepts and designs according to the Biophilic Design principles, which means she looks for ways to incorporate the natural habitat into the design of homes, work spaces, and public places. by SK

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"You may think that it was a busy, dusty, messy time." The greatest creating space We lived in a house that was built in 1897. During my childhood my parents were always constructing and reconstructing our house at the Stationsweg. You may think that it was a busy, dusty, messy time. But for me it was the greatest creating space ever, with materials and machines available all the time. With the leftover pieces of wood my dad didn’t use, I created my own zoo animals. You could say that I was spoon fed using materials and solving constructional problems. At high school I joined extra art classes and after graduation I traveled a year through Australia and Indonesia. But not before securing a spot at the art school in Utrecht. After Graduating in 2005, I started my art practise right away. Still loving it every day 15 years later! New discoveries and old friends I love the outdoors. Frequently undertaking multiple day hikes in remote areas. Collecting inspiration high in the mountains of the alps or amongst the vast fjords of Norway. Physical activity draws me into a different kind of energy, and concentration. That’s when the natural ‘things’ around me excel and distinguish more - i.e. structures and patterns. Making little sketches and photos on the go and work on them later.

sketching ‘on the go’

I have been inspired by many notable artists across different fields. I find photographer Karl Blossfeldt remarkable with his eye for detail in his pictures, he has such devotion and concentration. Visiting Gaudi’s works, which are all on my incomplete bucket-list, was a dream come true. Nature speaks in his work. Parks, buildings, churges, furniture, I love how his work is open to the public so it can be enjoyed by everyone. BEHIND THE SCENES | ART BY NATURE

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"I hope that my work makes people care. To see and notice nature and connect them to it and so their respect for nature will grow." Detail artwork Gates of Hope'

Closer to home is Marc Mulders, I am learning from his use of colour. And there is the concentration of Klaas Gubbels who uses and repeats mostly one subject: the teapot. I don't think I could do that. wow!

nature, in botanical gardens, Natural History Museums, in the mountains and raw nature reserves in Northern Europe. All my treasures are stored in my Wunderkammer, my library of inspiration.

One of my favorite writers is Alain the Botton who puts the fascination of the human urge to explore in perspective in 'The art of Travel'. 'Invention of Nature' are the adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, who's the Lost Hero of Science. I was surprised that nature research came to impactful and right conclusions a long time ago.

Yet my work is not a copy of nature. I extract patterns until archetypes remain. Because I design by hand each piece looks natural. If I designed them on a computer, the shapes would become too regular and therefore artificial.

Natural place or resting point I design patterns that link to nature. The results are forms and structures where the dimensions or scale do not matter. I collect patterns from

When you look at my work, the Biophilia effect takes effect. People dig into their subconscious for memories in which the patterns occur. This reminds them of that day in the woods or on the beach when they were happy and at peace. v

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Sketching in the garden next to Juuls Botanica sculptures

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I’m a dreamer, maker, designer, goldsmith, collector, biophile, citydweller living in Haarlem, The Netherlands. I approach the creative process as I would extensive research and trans­late my findings into all sorts of creations. With my work I try to make sense of things I don’t understand and question what might be considered obvious. Here's my column!

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nature’s way: zoom WITH MEREL SLOOTHEER Recently a friend gave me the greatest present I never knew I wanted: a digital microscope that you can attach to your smartphone. Right away we started exploring our surroundings and stumbled upon a hungry spider catching and wrapping up an unlucky fly. Skillful, cruel, and fascinating, all at the same time. Next we found aphids hiding within the structure of leaves from a herb garden. Yummy! Piece of moss on hand

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"Being the master of my own perception is a craft I will have to work on for the rest my life." There are tiny universes everywhere. hidden beyond what’s visible with the naked eye. With the right lens you can turn everything into an exciting landscape. By zooming in, my skin becomes a scary moonscape in which I wouldn’t want to get lost. Moss, however, looks like a fuzzy and cozy bed I could snooze on untroubled. I find the effect that both zooming in and zooming out have on the perception of what I consider to be reality, liberating. The mind has the capability to take everything imaginable and shrink it or expand it in scale, without actually having to undergo a physical transformation. I do have to remind myself to activate this sense of freedom. I tend to get stuck in human-size, not being able to look beyond scale 1:1. Zooming in on the tiniest of creatures and landscapes, discovering new details, beautiful structures and crazy colour shades, helps me with unlocking this powerful skill. Zooming out has the same kind of effect on my brain. I might not be able to actually make issues smaller on command, but 50

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aphids on a leaf

I do have the choice to look at them from a distance. Compared to the magnitude of the universe everything seems small, something I find comforting at times. Being the master of my own perception is a craft I will have to work on for the rest my life. The key


to the concept is simple though. Don’t lose yourself in the finite, but don’t lose yourself in the infinite either. Want to activate your zoom skills too? Check out the mesmerizing work Bloom, A Journey to Harmony (2015) by Ikram El Mesaouidi. This beautiful movie is inspired by Powers of Ten™

(1977) if you haven’t already, check that one out too! As a kid I used to obsess over the movie Honey I shrunk the kids and a couple of years ago my love for giant ants, or tiny humans got revived while watching the Ant-man movie series by Marvel. v

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Shell on a thread Bring a little sea into your home. This attractive shell can be hung by means of a loop or displayed on a flat surface. It’s perfect as a plant pot. This shell comes in different materials, colors and sizes- between 20 and 30 cm. Ppinkpinguin@gmail.com Ppinkpinguin

Grow floor lamp Zuiver has taken the houseplant to the next level. Meet the Zuiver Grow lamp-series. For this framed beauty they worked together with Rotterdam-based design studio REM atelier. Together they created four different sized, dimmable lamps. zuiver.com

Trunk you later 1/2 stool is made of oak trunk. The unique character of wood is contrasted with the technical, laser cut metal element. The stool is very stable and durable. It can also be used as a side table or a night table. The wood part is unique, each stool is a little bit different. witaminadprojekt.pl

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Nature inspires. An independent magazine dedicated to creativity inspired in any way or form by nature.

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Nature inspires. An independent magazine dedicated to creativity inspired in any way or form by nature.

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