Second nature: 5 designers impressed by crops | Life and elegance


Botanical illustration isn’t something new however it’s turning into more and more standard as a part of a wider greenery development. The present Tradescant’s Orchard: A Celebration of Botanical Art exhibition on the Garden Museum in London is displaying watercolours by 50 artists and there’s a botany theme at subsequent month’s London Design Fair. Meanwhile, images duo Haarkon have gotten identified for self-initiated greenhouse excursions which they submit on Instagram. Plants are in all places. For these illustrators and designers, what begins out as a drawing usually finally ends up as textiles, unique paintings or merchandise for the house. Here are among the greatest.

Katie Scott: plant illustrations

‘My drawings are decorative too’: Katie Scott.

‘My drawings are decorative too’: Katie Scott.

Whether designing an album cowl for the Bombay Bicycle Club or drawings for Botanicum, a kids’s ebook on plants printed in affiliation with Kew, London-based illustrator Katie Scott has a definite part-scientific, part-surreal type.

“My drawings aren’t always completely accurate and they don’t need to be; they are decorative too,” she says of her paintings, which is hand-drawn after which colored in on the pc by layering and mixing scanned watercolour swatches.

Current homeware initiatives embody ceramic candle pots for Berlin way of life model Polkra, and a limited-edition cup and saucer for tea retailer T2 Tea (out in November) primarily based on the flora of tea flavours. “They sent me a list of tea-related plants and I picked those that I thought would look good together, such as hibiscus and star anise.”

Appearance apart, she can be fascinated by the historical past of botanical illustration. “Sometimes I’ll think a plant is boring but then I’ll see it in an 18th-century painting and fall in love with it.”

Plans for the longer term? “I’d like to go into textiles so I’ve been designing and making cushions as testers.”

Tuppence Collective: floor sample design

Wes Anderson and William Morris: not the more than likely pairing, but north London’s Alicia Perry (above left) and Rebecca Intavarant (proper), aka the Tuppence Collective, cite each as influences on their stationery. “Watching Wes Anderson’s films, we always notice the amazing wallpaper in the background of the interiors,” says Intavarant. “When we’re coming up with patterns, we ask ourselves: would Wes use this in a film? We also love the Arts and Crafts movement, so that’s our main inspiration.”

Branching out: stationery by Tuppence Collective.

Branching out: stationery by Tuppence Collective.

The pair met finding out illustration at Coventry University and initially began out creating wedding ceremony stationery. “We had so many enquiries from people who weren’t getting married that last year we decided to branch out.” It was of venture that paid off. Now they rely Fortnum & Mason and Daylesford among the many stockists of their assortment of wrapping paper, writing units and playing cards. “It’s important that our designs appeal to men and women; just because they are plant patterns, we don’t want them to be girly.”

Next up: the London Design Fair in September, the place new merchandise embody tropical Christmas playing cards and wrapping paper that fuses animal markings with botanicals.

Lucy Auge: botanical work

‘I’m still using inks but moving into colour’: Lucy Auge.

‘I’m nonetheless utilizing inks however transferring into color’: Lucy Auge. Photograph: Ruby Woodhouse

“I love talking about plants; I could bore your socks off about the subject,” says Somerset-based artist Lucy Auge, who is understood for her calligraphy ink paintings collection which are sometimes painted over a season, in a particular location.

Usually a set consists of round 40 A4 work (they’re bought individually) however for her first massive present in Bath 2 years in the past, she upped the quantity to 500 and used aged, 18th-century paper present in her godmother’s attic.

“I was going to do 1,000 paintings until my brother did the maths and worked out that I’d have to finish one every 10 minutes,” she jokes.

“I didn’t realise how old the paper was until I took it to a specialist to get more and discovered it was made in the same French mill that supplied Turner.”

Recently, she was commissioned to do a set of work for the refurbished Gleneagles resort in Perthshire; now she is spending a lot of her time getting ready for a London present subsequent spring. “I’m still using inks but moving into colour,” she reveals. “I’m experimenting with my palette and trying to capture the spirit of the plants.”

Isla Middleton: textile design

In a digital age, textile designer Isla Middleton stands out for utilizing conventional linocut print strategies to create her nature-inspired cushions and materials.

“Many designers are going more into digital but I prefer the process of drawing, working out a repeat block and then transferring that pattern on to lino and paper before screen printing on natural fibres such as wool and Scottish linens,” explains Middleton.

Tools of the trade: a lino cut by Isla Middleton.

Tools of the commerce: a lino minimize by Isla Middleton.

She spends her spare time visiting gardens and nature reserves close to the place she lives in Herefordshire (Kentchurch Court is a favorite). Since graduating from Falmouth University final 12 months, she has accomplished a placement at Sanderson and had an exhibition of her work at east London’s Botany shop, the place her material swatches, lino blocks and prints had been dotted about among the many crops.

In September, her textiles will likely be on present at The Print Shed as a part of Herefordshire Art Week. “For me, lino cutting gives a more unique, carved-out appearance to a print than a hand-drawn line would. With digital, I don’t have the same connection.”

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