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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Foraged Art

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Hannah Bullen-Ryner

Happy birthday, Baby Bird! And many thanks to Alison and Don of Adventures in Wonderland for today’s wonderfully-beautiful thing.

Today, we are celebrating the art of Hannah Bullen-Ryner. The artist searches for flowers, leaves, and seeds, and creates remarkably lifelike birds and other forest creatures, which last only as long as the materials she uses. Bullen-Ryner uses twigs, leaves, berries, seed, and flowers to make her tiny birds, which are then placed back on the forest floor.

β€œFinding the medium of land art has allowed my art and my connection to the earth my soul so needed to combine. As a full-time mama of (nearly) three-year-old twin girls, and someone who suffers from anxiety, my art is my quiet time, my peace.

β€œPeople often ask me why don’t I make something more permanent or they say it’s such a shame that it’s temporary, but for me, it is the ephemeral nature of what I do that has become like therapy for my soul. I get to put down all my anxieties, my fears, all the chaos from my brain and turn it into something beautiful to honor Mother Nature. I take some photos and then walk or cycle away, leaving it all behind and feeling calmer, more connected, and truly lighter.”

– Hannah Bullen-Ryner

You can follow Hannah Bullen-Ryner on her website and on Instagram and Facebook.

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

13 thoughts on “Foraged Art

  1. These are beauties–every single one of them!

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  2. Can you imagine finding one of these on your nature walk. Wonderful.. The eyes just make them .

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  3. Reblogged this on moreinkpleaseblog and commented:
    What a wonder to come across

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  4. These are beautiful and also blow my mind. The whole process just seems incredible to me and I am also marveling at the patience required to construct these things and deal with the outdoor elements at the same time.

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  5. So gorgeous. And thanks for the mention.
    Alison xo

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  6. They seem so ‘life-like’. Outstanding work. Enjoyed – Hal

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  7. Beautiful and very creative! Love it!

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