Let me take you for a walk…

by Nataša Kaiser

Very often I'm asked "Where do you find inspiration for your work?" or "What sparks your ideas?". Well, nature has always been a big inspiration for me (not only for me I guess). And I spend lots of time outside with our dog called "Buddy". That's him:

Buddy in the morning fog…

Buddy in the morning fog…

Autumn is my most beloved time of the year. Unlike some people who feel autumn is the time of evanescence and therefore supposed to be dark and sad, I enjoy the turn of the season from hot (in Germany also often very humid) summer days to the more calm and crisp mornings in September and October.

Beautiful foggy morning mood in Frankfurt/ Bergen-Enkheim – my hometown.

Beautiful foggy morning mood in Frankfurt/ Bergen-Enkheim – my hometown.

 

I love to watch the leafs turn from all shades of green to all shades of yellow, orange, red and brown. It's like the "grand final" of the lush summer season, before winter arrives and the landscape looks grey, cold and naked (at times very muddy, too, since winter hasn't really been what one would imagine to be winter for the last couple of years, sadly).

Also I hunt for all kind of decorative stuff during my walks.. I love to gather interesting flower pods, twigs to put in a vase, colorful berries and rose hips and I take pictures of objects that I can't take home with me, but that are still beautiful to look at:

All kinds of mushrooms…

All kinds of mushrooms…

Bushes of rose hips or a delicate spider's web…

Bushes of rose hips or a delicate spider's web…

Gnarly stock of a tree and dreamy perspective…

Gnarly stock of a tree and dreamy perspective…

Looking at all this and being surrounded by not much more than the fresh air and my dogs company, images and ideas just come to my mind. Usually I can't wait to come home, grab a cup of coffee and start scribbling and sketching ideas.

Lately I thought it's about time to send another "snail mail" package to my favorite and dream clients. I did that at the beginning of the year (you can see the mailing here) and got some lovely feedback and even also a commission for a shopper bag design by Moses Verlag.

Being in that autumn mood I imagined a little booklet of illustrated recipes, that people would enjoy looking at and maybe have fun trying out the recipes for a nice dinner with friends or family. (Because autumn is also the time where we enjoy snuggery and delicious food in nice company, have a glas of something good, chat and laugh and all that stuff…don't you think?).

So here's what I came up with:

A mocktail recipe 

A mocktail recipe 

Hearty mushroom butter as an appetizer…

Hearty mushroom butter as an appetizer…

My all time favorite Pumpkin recipe :-)

My all time favorite Pumpkin recipe :-)

Salad as a side dish

Salad as a side dish

…and a sweet finish of course!

…and a sweet finish of course!

I'm really happy with the printed results! Over the next couple of days I'll be packing those, do some hand lettering on the envelopes and write some matching greeting cards to go go with the mail, that I just picked up at the printer today. 

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Greeting Cards saying "Hello Fall"

Greeting Cards saying "Hello Fall"

Thanks for reading, I hope you liked the stroll through my creative process!