One of my new handmade jewellery collections, Botanica, is inspired by influence of plants on art and design. I’ve always loved botanical drawings, and the way they manage to both scientifically record the identifying parts of different plant species, but remain a beautiful piece of art in their own right.

by Pierre-Joseph Redoute

by Pierre-Joseph Redoute

These images courtesy of RHS Prints – amazing selection, I WILL be purchasing!
Above is one of my favourite wild plants, I was always excited when my Grandma reminded me that it’s called ‘Herb Robert’, my Dad’s name – and also my son’s. I think that might be why!
I’ve also always loved William Morris, and other Arts and Crafts designers whom must in turn have been influenced by similar botanical drawings for their designs.

These images courtesy of William Morris & Co
…which leads to…and it was a dirty word, but I think I can safely say it nowadays…chintz!
With floral prints being tipped as a big trend this Summer, I’ve let my love of flowers come out in my new collection, Botanica – coming soon!
Rachel x

Rachel Lucie Johns

Hi! I'm Rachel, a jewellery designer-maker & nature photographer. My work is inspired by the gorgeous countryside around West Yorkshire & Art Deco design. This blog is where I share my creative life and inspiration. find out more ...

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    Rachel Lucie Johns

    30th March 2011

    thanks Deb :)
    Yes, Kat, it's kind of all brought together my love of flowers. Thank goodness there are great bold prints that don't look like 80's Laura Ashley's anymore!

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    KatGotTheCream

    30th March 2011

    Loving the floral trend at the moment and you can't beat a bit of William Morris!

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    Deb

    29th March 2011

    Gorgeous prints, I can't wait to see your new collection!
    Deb x

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