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7 Days of Nature Journaling

"To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else." - attributed to Leonardo da Vinci Awaken your curiosity and wonder for the natural world Join me from 1 June 2020 for 7 days of nature journaling - a free community project. Drawing while immersed in the natural world is something I have always loved doing. Drawing helps me to stop and notice, to see things I hadn't seen before, to be completely lost in the moment. Somehow over the years since finishing school I stopped doing it. I'd draw from life in my studio but not outside. I was inspired to learn more...

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Life is full of phases

"People in centuries past planned night time journeys and autumn harvests according to the lunar phases; the bright full Moon helped light the roads and fields." In April 2020 I will be launching a range of cards, notelets, postcards and prints all about the Moon's phases. My recent research about the Moon's phases has given me a renewed perspective of how incredible our existence on this Earth is. It is spring time in the UK and I am noticing new shoots coming up from the ground, leaves appearing on the trees, and bees buzzing again - all thanks to the Earth's slight tilt and the its orbit around the Sun.  Similarly, I now notice the Moon's orbit and cycle more:...

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We are stardust explores...Interview with artist Raahat Kaduji

I first discovered Raahat's evocative nature-inspired illustrations online through Instagram. I love the worlds she creates in her artwork - scenes of flourishing wildlife, stories of animals off on an adventure or snoozing in the afternoon sun. Raahat is an illustrator based in Oxfordshire, UK. She has an Etsy shop filled with her creatures and nature scenes. I am honoured to have Raahat take part in this interview for the we are stardust explores... blog series. The series will see me interview artists and scientists, asking each of them exactly the same questions to the worlds of science and art, their similarities, difference, how they intersect and can learn and benefit from each other. In this interview, Raahat tells us how her childhood spent amongst trees,...

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10 Nature books on my reading list this Summer 

With the Summer Solstice this Friday, I hope many of you are able to take a few days or weeks off to unwind and enjoy some sunny weather (haha!), relaxing on a beach, in a garden, or on a comfy sofa reading a good book or two (the latter being the most likely if you’re in the rainy UK). In my quest to nourish my mind with inspiring and thought-provoking knowledge about the natural world, I’ve collected nature book recommendations from many of you on Instagram – thank you! I’m sharing them with you here as a Summer reading list, with a few thoughts on the ones I’ve read and some notes on why I’m excited about the ones I...

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