Artist and designer Miranda Brown releases her new nature-inspired home and giftware range online and instore this Autumn to celebrate the beauty of Aotearoa and the connection we have with our natural heritage.
Bearing her signature hand-drawn illustrations, the home and gift range provides a nature experience through Aotearoa-inspired designs of flora and fauna. Produced sustainably, the luscious range includes 100 per cent hemp cushions, tablecloths, tote bags, cards and art prints.
“Essentially my art and designs are all about connecting people to the beauty of nature, to enhance wellbeing and to inspire people to look after our natural world says Brown.
“Like many of us, it is in nature that I feel the greatest peace, joy, and harmony and it is this energy I integrate into my botanical designs through natural colours, patterns, and textures. This exclusive range is a wonderful opportunity for people to bring nature indoors to enhance their wellbeing”
Brown’s designs are inspired by Aotearoa’s unique flora and fauna incorporating Joseph Banks’s botanical illustrations with her own hand drawings, each illustration telling a story about nature’s sacred interconnection and purpose.
The Ramarama plant meaning for the Pacific people is ‘Torch’ literally its branches were used as a torch for fishing. For Māori, Ramarama means ‘To Gleam’ with its leaves that are bubbled reflecting the light.
This shrub is found throughout New Zealand and is home and food to small native birds. The artwork incorporates Joseph Banks’s botanical illustration with Brown’s own detailed depiction of the flower-like lotus with bellbirds and seeds.
Celebrating Aotearoa’s cultural and natural heritage with this botanical artwork, the leaves are adorned with markings that reference and reflect patterns of the Pacific incorporating Joseph Banks botanical illustration and the birds of our land.
Flower of Life Design
A celebration of Aotearoa’s unique Flora and Fauna, this illustration of delicate spirals and patterns reflects the abundant life of our forest – Tāne – A sacred place where life is bountiful, harmonious, and interconnected.
Miranda Brown is highly regarded for her authentic sustainable fashion and design work and she is proud to bring this new range to market as an example of Circular Design.
This sumptuous sustainable range is MADE from 100 per cent hemp grown and produced in China where they have been growing it for centuries.
Hemp is known as the superhero sustainable textile because of its low impact, as it does not need harsh chemicals and pesticides to grow, and it returns 60-70 per cent of the nutrients it uses back to the soil. It also requires less land and water to grow than other crops like cotton.
“I am able to bring this sustainable product to market through my new channels of distribution and production in China where they grow, print, and construct the hemp range, everyone is paid properly in this larger cycle and I am working towards offsetting the carbon emissions from transport and production.’”
The art prints and cards are made in New Zealand working with local printers using FSC Forest Stewardship Council papers who manage sustainable forests worldwide.