Texture Quilting: designs that imitate nature! It is in great demand in landscape artwork of the most diverse techniques! But did you know that it is possible to do texture quilting even in traditional patchwork? And on fabric panels they also look beautiful and enhance the pattern! They can be used in different types of quilt and we made this post to help you choose the right texture quilting for your pieces! The important thing is not to be afraid, after all, nature is wise! There is a lot of texture in nature, isn’t there?! Water, wood, grass, cloud, sky, stones… Just to name a few! In landscape quilts it is very easy, because the work itself is already representing things from nature, so we will only help with the texture quilting! You see! Texture quilting can be used in several types of pieces: art quilt, quilt made from traditional or modern patchwork, printed panels… What’s up? Are you inspired to make a texture quilting from nature?
The positive effects of nature on your mental well-being | Nature and Mind! Nature has a deeply rooted meaning in psychology that encompasses the core components of our existence, including our genes. The popular concept of nature nurture in developmental psychology explores all the variables that shape and influence the relationship that our worlds, internal (personality traits and genetic factors) and external (the physical environment in which we live), share. The biophilia hypothesis delved into the human relationship with nature in 1984. The concept was first used by German psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, who described biophilia as the “love for everything that is alive.” The idea of biophilia was later expanded upon by American biologist Edward O. Wilson, who proposed that the human inclination toward nature has a genetic basis.
Stress and nature – A large-scale experiment conducted on 120 individuals verified the “nature connection” in reducing and coping with stress. Each participant observed visuals of a natural landscape or an urban environment. The data obtained from this research revealed that participants who looked at the image of the natural environment had lower scores on stress scales and had better heart rate and pulse counts. In addition, the researchers also found that the rate of stress recovery was much higher in participants who had natural exposure than those who viewed urbanized environments. The flow of this study strongly indicated the role that nature plays in improving our overall mental health conditions, including stress (Ulrich et al., 1991).
Nature to build attention – Staying close to nature improves focus and attention span, was suggested in the Attention Restoration Theory by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan (1989). The theory explains why staying close to nature re-energizes us and reduces fatigue. “Encounters with any aspect of the natural environment-sunsets, beaches, clouds, or forests-hold our positive attention without us making much effort to do so, and the whole process restores the vital energy that negative emotions have taken from us.” Psychology, Values, and Nature – An experiment conducted with landowners in Pennsylvania revealed that staying close to nature adds a sense of value towards oneself, others, and Mother Nature. It creates connectivity and paves the way for gratitude and appreciation. Results showed that respondents who had greater connectivity with nature and spent more time outdoors were more environmentally responsible, concerned, and happier in their interpersonal relationships (Dutcher, Finley, Luloff, & Johnson, 2007).
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