Imogen is a young Australian artist based in London who is making beautiful botanical illustrations of all flowers including those dead and worn. Check out her website here.

After Gili Air and Ubud we headed up into the mountains at Sideman where we stumbled upon the most amazing Patal Kikian. We were the only people staying and had a huge private balcony looking straight onto the volcano where we wiled away our days reading on the day bed and exploring the volcano by scooter. The grounds were so lush as with everything here. All the sun and water makes for an incredibly green and healthy landscape. After Sideman we headed to Nusa Lembongan to snorkel and chill by beach. A perfect little holiday.

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Hey guys, check out the invitation for FLEURT (from curator Amber Creswell Bell), a group show I’m flowering for from this coming weekend. If you’re in Sydney, please come on down and check it out!

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‘FLEURT’ is the sequel show to the hugely popular ‘ART/VERT’ exhibition held at Paddington’s Saint Cloche gallery in January/February of this year (if you missed it – you can read all about ART/VERT here Broadsheet Sydney, and here The Design Files).

Where ART/VERT was a group show celebrating botanica as central theme and muse – FLEURT is strictly an ode to the humble flower!

FLEURT represents a diverse line up of nine popular artists, photographers and a ceramicist that I have personally curated – with each artist contributing a collection of pieces to this abundant and fanciful group show.  We think this is the perfect antidote to the faded days of late autumn.

With a champagne launch and artist meet & greet from 10am SATURDAY 23rd MAY and running daily to SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2015, FLEURT features the work of:

Samantha Dennison
Nicola Higgins
Matilda Julian
Helen McCullagh
Pip Spiro
Alexandra Standen
Ameli Tanchitsa
Jill White
Ali Wood

Sought-after floral designer ‘Sophia Kaplan Plants & Flowers’ will beautifully adorn the gallery with large whimsical floral arrangements. Additionally “pockets full of posies” will be available to purchase, all lovingly arranged by Sophia – each with a note detailing the meaning of the flowers in that arrangement as per the magical “Secret Language of Flowers”.

For further information, imagery, price list or interstate sales – please contact:
Amber Creswell Bell
0414-747-761
amber@ambercreswell.com
(Read me: The Design FilesThe Planthunter)

I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Bali and Lombok. It was a incredibly beautiful holiday and a perfect balance of island and mountain life. First up Gili Air and Ubud.

We started on on one the quieter Gilis – Air, swimming, doing yoga and enjoying lots of fresh papaya juice. From there we went to Ubud for a couple of nights where we stayed in the botanical jungle that is Ketut’s Place and visited some of the nearby rice paddies and water temples.

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Last month I launched my website www.sophia-kaplan.com I’m still making some adjustments, but it’s an exciting step for my little business. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

The new Marc Jacobs Daisy campaign directed by Sofia Coppola is a dreamy romp through the fields, with lighter shades of Picnic at Hanging Rock and The Virgin Suicides. It’s been a beautiful campaign over the years.

  

Mervyn O’Gorman, a famous British engineer, was also one of the pioneers of colour photography. These images, taken in 1913, show one of his daughters Christina on a beach in Dorset and mingling with the plants in a beautiful garden.

All images via Colossal.

Oudolf is a garden design maestro. His incredibly distinct planting style is so beautifully balanced along with being so aware and in harmony with all the seasons.

Some of his more well known gardens include New York’s High Line and the 2011 Serpentine Galley courtyard in the UK.

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The amazingly creative, plant-obsessed Angie of Ode Ceramics and I did a story last month for The Planthunter about the different ways plant and flower people source, care for and arrange plants vs flowers. It was so much fun visiting The Succulent Garden and the flower market together and then shooting it all back at her home studio. Be sure to check it out the article in full here.

Independent publishing house (and creative agency) Zioxla has just published Strange Plants II, the second in a series of books celebrating plants in contemporary art. To pre-order your copy click here.

Images from Strange Plants & Strange Plants II.

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