Create Naturally: Go Outside and Rediscover Nature with 15 Makers

Schiffer Craft. Nov. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9780764364341. $29.99. CRAFTS
Art can be inspired by many things, such as emotions, events, personal journeys, and visual experiences. Young (founder, Fiber Art Network) shares the art and techniques of 15 artists and makers who are inspired by the natural world and integrate it into their creations. For example, artist Nick Neddo gathers natural materials to create his own brushes, inks, and basket materials. Nicole Dextras uses natural materials and fibers to make wearable art. Temporary art may be achieved by manipulating what lies before one to create sculptures with rocks, leaves, or twigs from the forest floor. In each section, artists share their advice on how to experience the awe and wonder that they have fostered in their own lives. The book includes a resources list of artist webpages and blogs, various associations relevant to the subject, and a comprehensive list of books to further research the ideas here.
VERDICT An interesting study of art inspired by and integrating nature. Not an essential purchase for an art section but will likely be of interest to many artists and makers.
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