avant garden studio


Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.

- from the poem, "Sometimes" by Mary Oliver


avant garden studio is a place to stop and smell the roses.

featuring the fine art and garden photography of minneapolis-based artist, terra rathai, avant garden celebrates the beauty of everyday life with eco-friendly handmade paper goods, home decor & prints.


about terra

Terra Rathai is a Minneapolis-based artist and garden photographer & Chief Artistic Officer at Avant Garden Studio.

After her first child was born, Terra found herself carrying a camera everywhere. So, in addition to plenty of baby pics, she put her art history background to use exploring her everyday surroundings with her camera. This led to the development of a daily photography practice in 2010 that launched the avantgarden365 project and blog.

Terra's work is fueled by a sense of wonder and a desire to express the revelatory beauty of the (extra)ordinary world as she sees it.