Framing Nature – Anne Ten Donkelaar

03 Sep
Flower construction #16 (w:70 h:120 d:6.5 cm)

Thankfully for those of us in the southern hemisphere Spring has finally arrived and with it the flowers and little buds of new life…. Hooray.  And to celebrate the best that nature has to offer I wanted to share a couple of creative works which should hopefully get you in the spirit…. and for those of you who are up in the Northern side of this little planet of ours, hopefully it will give you a little cheer as you enjoy the last of the summer…………

Using a combination of  pressed flowers and paper cut outs, Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar has designed these stunningly detailed floral collages which stemmed from her childhood obsession with flowers.  Perhaps the perfect little way to add a little bit of floral nature to your home. Here is a little taste Anne’s work from her “Floral Construction” collection…. I love the fact that Anne has shown the whole part of the flowers roots and all……let me know your thoughts…

Flower construction #13 (w:60 h:100 d:6.5 cm)

This is just a little taster of Anne’s work for more images you can visit her website...

If Butterflies are more your thing then you have to have a look at Anne’s “Broken Butterfly Range”…they are made from parts of real broken butterflies…. so they may not appeal to all but I think they are stunning and take this current trend of framed mounted butterflies that you see in all the magazines to a new level… It is kind of the upcycling of taxidermy don’t you think!!!

"Medusozoa". The antenna's form the parachute and the body forms a propeller (w:14 h:25 d:5.5 cm)

"Goudswortel vlinder". A butterfly with a body made from a golden root (w:14 h:25 d:5.5 cm)

Where the butterfly or moth’s wing is damaged, Anne painstakingly repairs them with embroidery, gold leaf and even includes maps from the location that the butterfly originated… Now that must take a steady hand and much patience…..

The two upper wings have been replaced with embroidered wings to complete the butterfly.

The broken wings are patched with gold leaf.

The broken wings are patched up with the map of the moth’s origin

"Blauwe spinner". The body of this butterfly is made of thread (w:18 h:50 d:5.5 cm)

And for those of you who would like to hang a little bit of nature around your neck then how about Anne’s “Wittenoord” range


So are you floral or butterfly? …….on with the colourful journey..


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15 responses to “Framing Nature – Anne Ten Donkelaar

  1. Fur and Frond

    September 3, 2012 at 7:16 am

    The paper cut-outs are stunning!

    • birdcagedesign

      September 3, 2012 at 8:10 am

      They are amazing arn’t they, so much patience! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by

  2. This Sydney Life

    September 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    So intricate, BCD. I am always amazed at the patience displayed by some of these artists.

    • birdcagedesign

      September 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

      I know I am sure I would have ended up with half of it being pinned to me!! 😉

  3. EverydaySparks

    September 3, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Beautiful, BCD – love them. Both the flowers and the butterflies, but I think the flowers win for me here, so gorgeous! Happy Spring! 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Happy Spring… thank god the sunshine is here at last!:-)

  4. elisaruland

    September 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I love the butterflies and how they’ve been embellished. All beautiful and the best part is that nature never goes out of style!

  5. twoblackdoggies

    September 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    So pretty and delicate, they are just gorgeous works of art.

    • birdcagedesign

      September 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      They are aren’t they…. It is hard to choose. 🙂

  6. narhvalur

    September 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Absolutely in my style, the combination of design and Nature. Bte I bought Vogue Australia living today!

    • birdcagedesign

      September 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them, they are amazing aren’t they. Glad to see you are enjoying Australian Style magazines too…. we are getting ready for the Spring and Summer now…. hooray!!

  7. ever+mi.crush

    September 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    These are stunning, I love them!

  8. Arsonette Artworks

    September 10, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful. thanks for sharing 🙂

    • birdcagedesign

      September 10, 2012 at 2:10 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed, thankyou as always for popping by 🙂


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