We believe in the nature within.
That actions mean more than wares. We started Arcana with a desire not just to create beautiful tactile items for the home but to educate and inspire nature connectedness.
The collections are designed to awaken curiosity by combining natural history and art, translating art into texture and capturing the subtleties and intricacies of each species and story.
Combining nature connectedness and artistic alchemy, Arcana is about uncovering magic and appreciating beauty in textiles that tell a different tale.
One of texture, truth, wildlife and wonder. With change woven into our very fabric. That’s the nature of Arcana.
Arcana was created by Ria Mishaal & Jake Snaddon. An artist and environmental scientist passionate about creativity and nature connection.
Together Ria and Jake have two young daughters, and they live in a 200 year old house with a wild garden full of birdsong.
About Ria (by Ria)
There’s a line between what is real and magical, and my art plays there. It plays with what is just out of sight, sparking wonder, transforming the moment. I am swept up in light and shadow, by how images transform our feelings giving nuanced understanding.
My 15 years as a professional photographer, following a career as a behavioural neuroscientist, has led to a fascination in the connection between people and their passions, and how visual stories help us feel better understood. To me, art is a conversation.
I am is fascinated and connected to the natural world, and believe a connection with nature leads to greater balance, compassion and understanding in all areas of our lives. I believe we should take responsibility for caring for our natural environment in small and big ways. As a curious and quiet observer, deeply connected to the natural world, I tend to attract people who feel a connection to nature, the magical or both.
About Jake (by Jake)
I am an Ecologist and Environmental Scientist, with a warranted fondness for beetles. I feel most at home in a tropical forest - Belize or Borneo will do. My research focuses on tropical forest and agricultural ecology, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and the conservation of biological resources.
Based at the School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, my group’s research covers a wide range of questions from looking at the roles of complexity and biodiversity in supporting ecological processes to acoustic monitoring of biodiversity and anthropogenic disturbances.
I am passionate about science communication and outreach and inspiring nature connection in the younger generation.
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