Convincing by means of beauty and creating opportunities for contemplation.
Look slow and listen long.
Nature has a voice.
Botanical Artist and Nature Enthusiast
Growing up outdoors -My childhood was spent navigating between the neighboring peach orchard, grape vineyard and corn field in St. Joseph, Michigan. As a teen I worked for my grandfather harvesting from his blackberries and helping him tend his 24 acre Christmas tree farm. I remember then being drawn to the magnificent micro world of botany. I would carefully landscape miniature gardens inside Ball canning jars. Placing algae growth on stems poked in moss, end up, creating trees and bunches of lichen to resemble tiny world shrubs. Upright maple branches bundled with white thread for fence line while apple seeds and small grey stones marked pathways for a lady bird’s landscape.
Developing Craft- Undergraduate fine art studies took me inside the sculpture and printmaking studio at Grand Valley State University (B.F.A. 2001), where I developed my craft of collecting and recording nature. I learned to observe with intention and perfect my seeing of nature through extensive botany collections and botanical illustrations. Here I discovered the voice of nature in the ravines. Here is where I learned the significance of the seed. After working as a Talent Recruiter for Kendall College of Art and Design, my eyes were opened for the need of youth to get outdoors and experience nature!
Community Engagement- I saw opportunities to share my passion for the outdoors with youth. In 2007 I founded Grow Studio, a public art project that bridges the gap between art, science and our natural world. The project facilitates workshops that explore dendrology, fine arts and the practice of observation and exploration in urban environments. Its mandate is to foster partnerships within disciplines in educational organizations by hosting inter-generational Seed Hunts in the City.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Park District of Oak Park and open the first Nature Preschool in Oak Park at the Austin Gardens Environmental Center. As lead Pre-school teacher for 3 years I spearheaded a transformation in community thinking and action around nature education and how our youth relates to and experiences nature.
Shilin Hora is a small business that cares about the environment and its direction. We add value to the world by leading folks back to an appreciation and reverence for nature through beautiful artworks. This is what sets us apart from others. Our dedication to craft, beauty and nature-reverence is what makes us most proud. We are known for our Botanical Boxes which showcase the need for the seed as objects and emphasize the historical, scientific, artistic, and cultural importance of the seed. The Boxes are a unique blend between natural history specimen collection and fine art museum display. Each Museum-Box tells a wild story, a story of a young girl who fell asleep in the woods and awoke to find a plethora of treasures sprinkled around her feet. The girl quickly turns to bent knee to see, observe, poke, prod, harvest, and record the treasures.
Exciting things I am working on right now- I am offering my unique services of custom built Botanical Boxes to corporations and institutions. Boardrooms, meeting halls, and personal office spaces need beautiful objects that inspire thought leadership and innovation for nature too! Do you know of an educational institution or business that could provide its clients and patrons with fine art that works? Please send them my way and receive 15% off your next purchase.
Another exciting recent endeavor: forming alliances with other small businesses owners, like Nathan from Nathan Wright Landscape Design who values excellent design, environment, community and service!
And Grand Valley State University, L.V. Eberhard Center, West Wall Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition of my work. The gallery is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: November 2, 2018 - March 1, 2019. GALLERY HOURS: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm.
Thank you for the choices and actions you take everyday in favor of our natural world!