EFA: Etsy For Animals Etsy For Animals: UP ON TRENDS: Natural History by AlteredGirl


Etsy for Animals (EFA) aka Artists Helping Animals,

is a team of independent artists, craftspeople,

vintage sellers and craft suppliers on Etsy.com

who are dedicated to providing charitable relief to animals

by donating a portion of the profits from their shops

to an animal charity of their choosing,

and/or to EFA's featured Charity of the Month.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

UP ON TRENDS: Natural History by AlteredGirl


written by Rebecca of AlteredGirl
Logo designed by Eva of CocoNme

Trend: Natural History


I have decided this week to focus on one trend because it is such a large trend that encompasses and overlaps with so many others.


Though you may be unfamiliar with the term, I can almost guarantee that you have observed the 'natural history' style trend as it has grown in popularity over the last few years. As a theme in art and decorating it has become very popular and mixes well with other popular themes as of late including nature, animals, vintage and environmental themes.

Natural history is the scientific research of plants and animals, leaning more towards observational rather than experimental methods of study. Grouped among the natural sciences, natural history is the systematic study of any category of natural objects or organisms.

Think birdwatchers, long hikes in the forest, and careful categorizing of natural specimens. Some common elements in natural history: woodland forest themes and animals, birds, owls, squirrels, hedgehogs, chipmunks, bunnies, butterflies, feathers, nests, eggs, acorns, leaves, trees, branches, woodgrain, and natural colors.

Some items from Team EFA members that represent this theme well are below:


BirdsinHand has many lovely items that fit this trend, 
including this great painting of an owl!



This mixed media piece includes many elements of the
trend including feathers, eggs & a realistic looking bird's nest!



This beautiful painting brings to mind 
a leaf collection neatly cataloged!


The cicada wing charms and the 'antiqued' feel of 
these earrings make them perfect to represent this trend!


The cute little squirrel on this ring 
looks like he just scurried out of the forest!


Another gorgeous painting of a beautiful woodland animal!



Tagging ideas for these items: 
the most overlooked tag for these items is simply 'natural history',
also nature, natural, woodland and woods.


8 comments:

  1. Love this! I never really thought about it as a "trend" before, and have missed out on tagging things with "natural history" for that reason! Thanks for pointing it out, great idea!

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    1. Wonderful! I'm so glad to share new ideas!
      RD

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  2. These "trends" posts are so neat! Thank you for doing them!

    When I have time to make things, I find this kind of thing very useful. I'm not a trend follower, but if I can fit what I'm making into current trends, that's helpful. :)

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  3. Wonderful selection of items to showcase. Thank you so much for including my felted nest and little girl image!!

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  4. Rebecca, thank you so much for including my earrings! I've been away for months and must check out the rest of your "trends" posts too. It's so nice to come back to a feature with all these lovely items, and I love the topic!

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  5. Rebecca, thank you so much for including my earrings! I've been away for months and must check out the rest of your "trends" posts too. It's so nice to come back to a feature with all these lovely items, and I love the topic!

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  6. Wonderful post and beautiful selection! I also welcome any and all "natural history" trends, or really, for people to be inspired by nature in general and bring it into their homes via art.

    Thank you so much for featuring my eucalyptus leaf painting! :)

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  7. Wonderful post and beautiful selection! I also welcome any and all "natural history" trends, or really, for people to be inspired by nature in general and bring it into their homes via art.

    Thank you so much for featuring my eucalyptus leaf painting! :)

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