Guest Blog: Pebble inspiration by Margaret Oomen of Resurretion Fern

Margaret Oomen of Resurrection Fern shares some lovely inspiration with you today.  I just may be collecting my own pebbles, seashells, pine cones and some of nature’s other souvenirs. – jen

By  guest contributor Margaret Oomen

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.”

Antoine de Saint-ExupéryFlight to Arras

Similarly when I place a smooth pebble into the palm of my hand and place it in my pocket it ceases to be just another pebble. It becomes a tiny little portion of the Earth’s vast crust that connects each and every one of us. It speaks to me without words, in a language that is universal. It tells me of its journey, its gradual reshaping by the strong forces of nature. It allows me to cover it with fiber and others to paint, draw or assemble it into pleasing patterns and collections.

Summer is approaching in my part of the world and that means for many, visits to the river, lakes and seashores. It would only be natural if a few pebbles ended up in your pocket. I wanted to share this post to show you some of my favorite pictures from fellow rock collectors. I hope that they might inspire you. I threw in a few on my own just for fun.


Geninne Zlatkis and Friends

Les Fabulations de Nanou

Sonia Cantie


Fiona Watson



About the contributor: Margaret Oomen, a rural physician and textile artist, has been a gatherer and maker of things for as far back as she can remember. Aside from a spinning and printmaking class, she is completely self-taught. She draws her inspiration from her treasure-hunting family—especially her father, her own scientific and medical backgrounds,  and her great respect and love of the natural world. Her work has been shown at PS122 Gallery in New York as part of the Yarn Theory Show and at bookhou in Toronto among others. Her work has also been featured in mags & on blogs, including:  Country Living Magazine, Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Elle Décor SA, & more. Her website can be found at Here.


  1. Truly inspiring post, thanks. I never expected to see such beautiful and creative work done with one of nature’s most common materials!

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