Reconstructing Nature’s Blooms into Art with @flora.forager
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“I think there is a deep well of emotion in us that gets tapped when we are confronted with the beauty of nature,” says Bridget Beth Collins (@flora.forager). The Seattle-based botanical artist reconstructs the blooms of nature into designs, creatures and scenes from her imagination. “From a young age I was learning the names of flowers and backpacking in mountain meadows. I played all day every day of the summer in the woods pretending to be a fairy. I would bring home sprigs from the woods and press them in books,” says Bridget.
The delicate organic materials that compose each piece are themselves a source of inspiration. Bridget explains, “I go for a walk in my neighborhood or bring a bouquet home from the market and I see a whale’s tail in a shamrock leaf, or a snake’s scales in the sedum. And I am ever entranced by the public gardens and parks available in my city.”
A lifelong love of nature laid the groundwork for Bridget’s continued fascination with the botanical. “I lived on the edge of a large forest under the green thumb of my gardening mother,” she says. “Since I was a little girl I have felt that trillium is the most magical flower. It is rare, untouchable unless you want to kill the entire plant, and I love its three white petals against a dark green forest. Snap dragons make me the happiest — if you pinch their sides they open their mouths like a dragon. But in my own garden I am a sucker for my garden roses. I have fallen madly in love with them.”