anne blackwell thompson
This collection of pressed botanical specimens was harvested romping through gardens beds, meandering down country roads and wading in frigid seaweed waters. Every specimen has a story or captures a feeling connecting us to our natural world. I strive to evoke a modern aesthetic highlighting nature’s rich bounty. The natural world is my palette, and the kaleidoscope of pressed plant material is my chosen medium.
Lily pad, flower, seaweed, leaf – each specimen connects us to the bountiful and extraordinary world of botany. As a naturalist with a particular interest in horticulture, I strive to embrace nature’s rich palette through harvesting plant material from country roads, private gardens and historical locations. My mission is to connect the viewer with nature through pressing and preserving plants. This collection of Bespoke Botanicals explores the flora and foliage of the natural world intertwined with a modern aesthetic paired with an admiration for Mother Nature.
Deeply curious about botany coupled with my fascination with genteel Victorian crafts spawned my interest in creating a collection of pressed specimens. This grouping of pressed botanicals was harvested from the high-lo of my world. From a common highway median flower to harvesting the exotic and rare plant specimens at Longwood Gardens – every specimen is unique and has a story to tell. I strongly believe that connecting with nature provides a respite and sanctuary from a technology driven society. I embrace merging botanical knowledge with artistic instincts and count myself very fortunate to combine two of my passions into my daily life: art and botany.