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Monthly online lifestyle zine focussing on inspiration.

visual strands features + connects people in art, design, craft, illustration, animation, photography, urban green, the great outdoors, food and more. Previous issues in top menu.

Welcome to ISSUE 3: Portland based Cathy McMurray‘s beautiful mountain inspired art | Geologist/writer/illustrator Ruth Allen muses over her ‘low mountains’ in the UK | Sydney based floral stylist and DIY addict Helen Hung made a mountain print DIY | Featured: fab clothing from The Level CollectiveExtra: more inspiring mountain women links from around the internet.

A Dutch girl myself, I’ve only been to the mountains once. I took these two photos during a trip though Austria and Switzerland. This was before digital photography *coughs* so imagine my relief when they turned out right.

For some reason I didn’t feel nervous standing on those tall mountains, as they’re so grounded in the earth. They evoke a sense of adventure.

I wanted to feature women from different parts of the world who are all inspired by mountains.
If you guys are thinking: “Hey, what about mountain men?” Get in touch!

Enjoy! – Yvonne.

The art of Cathy McMurray

Portland based Cathy McMurray‘s beautiful mountain inspired art.
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‘In praise of the low mountain’

Ruth Allen muses over her UK low mountains.
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Fun mountain print DIY

Sydney based Helen Hung made a fun and easy DIY to bring the mountains to your own home.
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Four favorites from The Level Collective

The Level Collective is an ethical clothing brand from Sheffield, UK. We picked four favorites from their shop.
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Can’t get enough of The Great Outdoors?

We have found some super inspiring Instagram accounts for you and will be adding more during the month.
>> If you can point us to more inspiring Mountain Women related Instagram accounts, we will credit you as finder (“Discovered by …” including your own IG link)! One discovery per person. Tell us on Instagram: @visualstrands Let’s go explore! <<

Brooke Weeber

A Portland based illustrator. Her Instagram account will definitely revive your wanderlust!

Miscellaneous Adventures

Hand made outdoor things and Woodland Woodcarving Workshops™ Yes, please!

New discoveries:
On Instagram, Danielle from Smallwildshop thought BlueEggsAndTea should be mentioned here as well and she’s so right!

Nicola from Soetwaer pointed us towards the drawn mountains of Heiddis Helgadottir.

Thanks ladies!
And what’s YOUR favorite Instagram account? Let us know!