Friday, August 30, 2013

Fresh of the bench: wildflower ring

Wildflower ring
Sterling silver
 
Im willing spring on by posting my fresh of the bench as I finish editing some of my recent creations.
 
This "wildflower ring' which I forged up in a creative brain storm one evening, reminds me of wild Carnations. I used to find these in the field behind my home as a child. Each year around this time there would be controlled burning of the wild fields. Soon after we would have the first rains of spring and a couple of days after that from the chard remains a peppermint crisp spray of new grown would appear. I loved walking in those field as the harshness of black softened with time to new growth and spring flowers formed. One of which were "pinkies" as my mom would point out......wild Carnations in there original state.
 
Wildflower ring
Sterling silver

Wildflower ring
Sterling silver


Wildflower ring
Sterling silver

Wildflower ring
Sterling silver

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wildflowers

I found this fantastic book in a second hand book hunt: Wildflowers of south eastern Australia

It has such beautiful Botanical illustrations inside.

Botanical illustration can really be an overlooked art form. Cast to one side as things to do for board housewives along with crochet and needlepoint. You only have to look at a few design/fashion mags to see those "dying art forms" are being revived. I hope botanical illustration is one of them. Perhaps there are some connection to my own style of illustration that make me admire this work or perhaps a similar way of looking at the botanical world .....with a poetic eye for form and a whimsical eye for the layout.
Either way I'm happy to own this book.
I get to fill my creative well just that little bit more and just in time for spring.

As for the trends of old coming back ill be on the lookout for contemporary botanical illustrations to blow your socks of through pinterest and instagram

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