Art & Design

‘I don’t paint nature. I am nature.’ – Jackson Pollock

The natural world has inspired artists and designers since the beginning of time. Here we share the work of talented painters, landscape designers, architects, photographers, sculptors and more who design, make and create work inspired by plants and the natural world.

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True Indigo Dyeing: The Fermented Vat

Art & Design, CultureAboubakar Fofana is a master natural indigo dyer dedicated to sharing his passion for ancestral growing, weaving and dyeing skills throughout the world.

Botanical Inquiry: An Exhibition by Daniel Shipp

Art & DesignA hauntingly beautiful body of work exploring the dialogue between humans and plants. And a video!

Studio Profile: Taylor Cullity Lethlean

Art & DesignAn interview with Kate Cullity, director of award winning Australian landscape architecture firm, Taylor Cullity Lethlean.

Saffron: The Priciest Spice

Art & Design, BotanicaDid you know saffron is more expensive than gold? Check out these stunning images (and a time-lapse video) by Peter Whyte of the most precious spice.

Weed Life: The Paintings of Matilda Julian

Art & DesignArtist Matilda Julian loves weeds. So much so, that she has produced a body of work featuring them. It's beautiful.

Luis Barragán’s Universal Garden

Art & Design, GardensSally Wilson visits the garden of famed Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán.

The Cool Conundrum

Art & DesignGarden designer Michael McCoy ponders the perils of designing a garden for himself.

Design is not the Answer

Art & DesignA musing on the limited (but important) role of design in the creation of a garden.

Studio Profile: Terremoto

Art & DesignAn interview with David Godshall, principal of Terremoto, a landscape architecture studio in California, USA.

Plant Geometry: A Design Study

Art & DesignA series of images exploring the transient nature of plants (and humans) through the momentary recording of plant geometry. Images and words by Karina Sharpe.

Alchemy & Lego: Connecting to the Unknown

Art & DesignPhillippa Carnemolla explores the interconnectedness between plant, animal and celestial worlds.

‘As if Dropped From Another Planet’

Art & DesignArtist Veronica O'Leary has been painting, drawing, observing and thinking about Banksias for many years. This is her story.

Imperfection is Perfection

Art & DesignA very beautiful photographic series of bounteous imperfection by Emma Bass.

Art Inspired By Plants

Art & DesignProfiles of five international artists inspired by plants to create great art.

Daniel Shipp: ‘Botanical Inquiry’ Series

Art & DesignA stunning series of images by Daniel Shipp. They'll make you look twice!

Koji Makino: Ficus

Art & DesignPhotographer Koji Makino gets up close and passionate with fig trees.

Art, Death & Secret Gardens

Art & Design, CultureA wonderful story by Josephine Pennicott exploring the relationship between creativity, loss, and the act of gardening in the lives of two women - Contemporary muse/artist Wendy Whiteley and novelist Frances Hodgson Burnett. A really beautiful read!

Carine Thevenau: Tin Can Apartment

Art & DesignA new photographic series by Sydney based photographer Carine Thévenau exploring the notion of a world where humans and nature exist in harmony.