When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
- John Muir
ART CLOSE TO NATURE'S HEART
Hello! We're Kyria (Wolf) and Nigel (Bear), a couple of nature-loving, earth-friendly artists.
We live in Boyne City, Michigan, on a sustainable farm, and we're passionate about protecting our planet. We try to source our materials as sustainably as possible. Most of our packaging is made from recycled materials and is compostable or recyclable. Our Hahnemuhle print paper is produced using green power and supports environmental projects. Our postcards are printed on recycled paper, and our greeting cards are printed on 100% post consumer recycled fiber, using soy based inks. Even the envelopes are recycled! Our apparel and totes are sourced from companies that offer healthy working conditions and fair wages to their employees. We try to create, produce, and package all our products ourselves, or have them made as locally as possible. We take great pride in providing quality art and products that have the health of the planet in mind.
You may notice that most of our artwork is themed around the great outdoors, inspired by childhoods spent tromping through the forests, fields, and waterways of Northern Michigan (Kyria) and Northern Ireland (Nigel). However, you'll find some more nerdy pieces here and there. We're not ashamed to let our nerd flags fly, and we love all things fantasy, sci-fi, and science-related.
You've probably also noticed some hand-embellished gold leaf on some of our pieces. This is done by first applying a special adhesive in the desired pattern and then brushing on the fragile sheets of gold leaf once it's dry. For us, the natural world is filled with mystery and magic, and we feel the gold represents that touch of divine we find in the cathedral of nature.
Kyria and Nigel Smith