I am Danielle Martin, better known as dAAn.
When I was growing up in Holland, I always loved drawing, just like my grandpa, a great artist himself, who used to teach and inspire me to draw. And I’ve always loved the natural world, be it a small plant in my parents’ garden or being out in the forest, it inspires me and makes my heart smile.
When I moved to New Zealand, I started a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture, using my drawing skills and creativity to re-design the landscape. During this study I started asking myself lots of questions. Why not use edible plants in a design? Why not work with plants that are native to the area? Why not reduce our ecological footprint by recycling plants and materials instead of buying new ones?
All these questions and ideas, lead me to discover the concept of permaculture. Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature. I took a Permaculture Design Course at the renowned Tui Community in New Zealand and it opened up a whole new world of possibilities and solutions in the realm of ecological design.
THIS is what inspires me , THIS is what I want to focus on in every aspect of my life. I love creating beautiful spaces, mixing plants, edibles and art into a harmonious blend!
That’s me, that’s dAAn.