My name is Hanna Van Aelst.

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Hanna

I am a maker. I shape my life from a deep love for nature.

I believe that the time has come now for all of us to connect with our hearts, our gut feeling and our creativity.
I can feel a deep unease sometimes, I’m sure you feel it too. A sense that things are shifting and changing.

I believe Mother Nature is dying to get back in touch with us. That she would love us to be silent and connect to our hearts. And that if we do magic will happen again.

I am also an artist.

But life was not always that way.

read my blog post about my story here

I moved from Belgium to Ireland in 2003 with my husband and then small son looking to build a self sufficient life with a deeper connection to nature.

For the first ten years we worked hard. Jef build our house and garden. I concentrated on child rearing (two more would follow) and honing my basket making techniques.

Right when my baskets became more and more in demand my body gave out. Injuries had settled in. But as usual, out of hard times beauty is born. I rested. I contemplated what direction I really wanted my work to take. And when I finally did start making again organic, flowing, natural shapes appeared.

image of organic shaped basket handmade by Hanna Van Aelst
Organic shapes

My work is about healing through rebuilding our connection to nature. Like nature when disturbed, cut down and hurt it starts to regrow again. It is that force of regrowth, life force and stamina I explores in my work.

Each piece I make speaks of that force in all of us. It is creative, feminine, nourishing and healing.

It is time for us to wake up, grow up and start acting like grown-ups. We cannot continue to take more then we can give back, destroy our beautiful planet and all the creatures on it. We are not the owners of her, but participants in this magical life on earth. We are all interconnected.

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Mountain views

I believe it is time for all of us to stop whining, to stop hiding and to stand up and move into our calling. The world needs you. We all need your gift, the talent you have been given, and if used will make this world a better place for all.

Let’s do it together…. Let’s walk together for a while….