Mary Jo Hoffman

We haven’t featured many photographers on our blog but we’ve recently found a favorite. Mary Jo Hoffman is the creator behind these captivating photographs of found objects from nature. The Minnesota-based artist started a personal project in 2012 called, Still, where she posts fragments of nature daily. The compositions and outcome has been nothing but phenomenal. On an interview with Dearest Nature she shares with us a bit about her kinship with nature:

“I believe my connection to nature has a lot to do with beauty.  I am a visual artist, and I love design, and architecture, and art.  But in the end, I think nature does beauty best.  I can walk the dog on the same four-mile path every day for a year, and still be captivated most days by the variety and beauty of those surroundings.”

“I also love the solitude of natural spaces, especially wide open spaces like prairies.  I never wear an iPod or headphones when I walk in nature.   I want to hear the wind in the trees, the birds, and the skittering in the fallen leaves. I use my walks to gather my thoughts.  I am guessing some would call it a kind of daily meditation practice.  I suppose it is.  I almost always come home more centered and peaceful.”

More of her work can be seen on her blog and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Mary Jo Hoffman.

Mayuko Fujino

Mayuko Fukino is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City, who combines paper cutting with collage to create these truly unique and intricate illustrations.
Her work has been exhibited internationally and has worked on commission for various clientele. On Roadside Scholar she tells us about her inspiration:

“i think what inspires me most are the challenging technical restrictions of paper cutout. sometimes when i have an idea it does not fall within the conventional rules for my method… and when i see something then the rules decide 1) if i can actually craft it or not and 2) how to go about making it. it’s fun for me to see how far i can go within the limitations. to do that, i always have to make the best use of inventiveness, and sometimes unexpected ideas occur. sometimes i think it almost acts like a guide for me to understand the world. and of course music (like moondog) and literature inspire me a lot. a sound body with storing of memory in five senses.”

The artist can be found on her website and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Mayuko Fujino.

Claire Ritchie

Claire Ritchie is a designer/maker based in Melbourne, Australia, who designs surface patterns and hand crafts a small collection of accessories and clothes. Her love for vintage items and fabrics has also played a big part in her design aesthetic, with inspiration being drawn from the bold and vibrant colors. On an interview with Ball Pit Magazine she says this about her work:

“I try to keep things really simple as well as bold and colourful. The fabrics I produce are all digitally printed, but I get asked all the time if its screen printed. I think my patterns carry an essence of screen printing which I love, because I really miss printing!”

“I think art is how a lot of people communicate and express themselves. It can be hard to put your thoughts and feelings into words. Art allows us to put something out into the world in our own way. If i need to take some time out from the noisy world i definitely retreat to my drawings. Art makes you stop and think about the smaller things, the things you can miss if you get caught up in the craziness in the world.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Claire Ritchie.