Some of the prints in this section are simple celebrations of the wondrousness of weeds. Indeed, some of our favourite butterflies (for example) are dependent on plants considered weeds. Much of my work using botanical prints grows out of their role in particular ecologies such as hedgerows, blanket bogs and my garden. I gather or grow particular plants to create the right environment for the animals, birds and other critters involved in my ecological projects. In the main, I print directly from the plants which are gathered and pressed in preparation for use. Some plants are robust enough to withstand repeated printing, some are fragile and need extreme care. And some, such as the sphagnum moss and tiny plants from the blanket bogs are too precious to be gathered in any quantity, and I had to find other ways to incorporate them into my work.
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Hedgerows are important.
Devon has more hedgerows than any other county in the UK. These hedgerows support over 600 plant species, 1500 insects, 65 birds and 20 mammals.
The work here involves a direct use of materials gathered from the hedgerows combined with drypoint prints of notable Devon hedgerow creatures. The resulting prints vary from small editioned drypoints to highly complex one-off prints using collagraph backgrounds.
If you would like to purchase any artwork or if you have any questions please email me. A studio visit can be arranged (Contact me).