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There’s something special about having nature as your inspiration for creating art. It connects you to the earth in a way that gives you more respect and curiosity for the materials used and the process itself.

Janine Vermeulen is a multifaceted artist living in Cape Town. With a background in floristry, she started working with botanical specimens in 2015. She combines her love for nature and art in the making of her pressed botanical pieces and also merges her grounding nature and connection to the earth in her ceramic work. 

Each pressed botanical piece tells a story of the field the plant material was collected from. Gathered from the beautiful landscapes of the Western Cape, each piece is a field story. With muted colours and contrast in textures, it reflects the unique personality and characteristics of the terrain it was foraged from. 

With inspiration from ancient vessels, Janine creates organic ceramics with either raw textured surfaces or earthy glazed pots. Each piece reflects both the ancient and the contemporary aesthetic she carries within.

Janine began working in ceramics in 2013 and the handmade nature of her work means that no one piece will ever be perfectly symmetrical, or a duplicate of another, making each piece unique.

 

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