29 May 2017
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Nature offers limitless inspiration, especially as each of her progeny easily can influence human nature. She spills onto the human arena through, for example, elements of art and design. They manifest themselves with a steady force and imprint; they become inextricably linked to our inventiveness.
Mother Nature’s aesthetics continually encourage my own experimentation. Winter’s spare individualism pushes what has often been unseen by other seasons’ narratives. But Spring, which is magically unfolding in my part of the world, is stacked with day-to-day discoveries–discoveries that push our visual senses and explode creative boundaries. This spiritually-charged season forces perceptions to surface and find meaning.
In the Lens section is a reinterpretation of a crab apple blossom. It is a macro slice of that flower’s daring designs, tiny cloud-like abstract petals meant to hide in plain sight. To move from the original (click here) image was a process of intuition mixed with fixation on an idea of the flower’s hidden dimensions. The two images are only slightly different, showing a bolder side of a Spring’s early blossoming.
Design characteristics found in nature are a constant instigator of human creativity. Nature wields a powerful wand and we respond with marvel and possibilities.
Whether hidden or brazenly in front of us, these influences have brought insight and innovation into humanity’s story. Mother Nature convinces us to be in the moment or even lounge in appreciation of her wonder, rendering each part of the natural world significant to our own inner and outer survival.
Tip of the Week:
In the search for the “Tip of the Week” I found a relevant TED Talk from 2014. “The World’s Best Creative Director: Nature” by Helen Walters, editorial director at TED, shares an interview between Tim Brown and Janine Benyus.
From TED Talks’ website: “What’s that too-often quoted aphorism? “Good artists copy; great artists steal”? In this nuanced conversation, biologist and founder of Biomimicry 3.8 Janine Benyus speaks with Tim Brown, chief executive of IDEO, to discuss what’s really interesting about borrowing.”
Benyus and Brown discuss how we learn from nature. It’s worth the read.
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