Janet Botes

I am a visual artist based on the lush and beautiful Garden Route. My work is often experimental, diverse, process-based and intuitive. I create - amongst other things - art, craft, totems and sculptures inspired by nature, landscapes, memories and everyday moments. My work is handmade with love and kind intent, and when possible uses natural, organic and/or recycled/reclaimed materials. 

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul" - Alice Walker

I love things that symbolise, express or honour the rhythms, seasons and cycles of nature. I believe that energy connects us within space and time to each other, the planet and everything in, on and around it. 

Escape with me outside
into wide open spaces
where we can be under the wide blue sky
and look towards the horizons
dreaming of possibilities, happiness and laughter
with no concerns about bills, rent
or having to build a career.
Escape with me outside
into wide open spaces

Escape with me into the mountains
where we can be wild and free
leave behind our need to be
more than just ourselves
without needing to dress well, 
smell good or behave as good girls should
escape with me into the mountains
where we can be wild and free

Nature is resilient and powerful, but the balance of ecosystems can be easily disrupted when the interconnectivity of all living creatures and processes are not respected. When even one species of insect or fungus is eradicated completely, other animals, plants or natural processes of growth and decay that relied upon the species can no longer function or exist, which creates a chain reaction with devastating results. Our actions as inhabitants and custodians of the earth have an unthinkably large impact on the earth - within the palms of our hands we hold the power to change our way of living and co-existing.

Art has the ability to strengthen these energy connections, and I hope that my art and creative workshops strengthen the connection between people, nature and the creativity inherent in everyone. I strive to live with compassion and courage to help create a world filled with more happiness and love.  I am the editor and founder of an initiative called art.love.nature:

art.love.nature objectives:

  • - encourage acceptance, responsibility & compassion towards all living things and our planet
  • - endeavour to create and promote environmentally conscious creative work
  • - raise awareness for human’s responsibility towards and inherent unity with nature
  • - adhere to practices that show respect to our environment, using resources in ways that do no harm
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"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world" - John Muir

www.artlovenature.co.za

DELIVERY NOTES:

  • Please allow about 7 working days for delivery, or 12 working days if a print-on-demand item is purchased.
  • For Garden Route buyers, hand-delivery possible, depending on location and my schedule at the time.
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RETURN POLICY 

  • I take great care when making and packaging creative pieces, so hope that it would never be necessary, but should you be dissatisfied with your purchase once delivered, you are welcome to return or exchange the item(s) within 7 days of receiving it. Please ensure that the creative work is securely packaged for return, and note that I will only refund the full price of the item(s) and not the postage and packaging costs.
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PACKAGING

  • Please reuse, repurpose or recycle the packaging used to protect your product during postage & delivery. Feel free to contact me if you need help to find a recycling depot in your area, or if you'd like some ideas about how to reuse the packaging.