I’ve been busy in my studio working on a new series of illustrated maps. Currently available are my ‘Love Stories,’ ‘Holiday & Travelling,’ ‘Dog Walks’ and ‘Pub Crawl,’ each illustrated map is customised with key dates, destinations and memories, making every print personal to the individual.
Next month I’ll be launching my London Maps, which I am very excited about as it has been a project that I’ve wanted to do forever. I’ve been visiting favourite and new parts of town for inspiration and have fallen in love with the fabulous city all over again.
I thought there was no better time to visit South West London than during Chelsea Flower Week, as the area really comes to life and the creative buzz is electric. After checking out what the Chelsea Fringe had in store, I decided to go to the ‘The Art and Healing Power of Plants’ exhibition at The Chelsea Physic Garden, as it was somewhere I had not visited before.
Being an original countryside girl, I do miss green surroundings so was looking forward to getting my fix. The garden is off the Thames, so after a lovely walk down the river, I found myself in a leafy haven.
If like myself, you are not aware of the garden and its history, the 4-acre site is the oldest botanic garden in London and is home to 5,000 difference medicinal, herbal, edible and useful plants - the place is as impressive as it sounds.
As you can tell from my Instagram I love plants! I love to draw them, I love to fill my house with them, I basically created my ‘Crazy Plant Lady Illustrated Print’ for me, so I really enjoyed my stroll round the grounds, I discovered lots of new plants and learnt all about their incredible powers.
My exploring was thirsty work so I made a quick stop by their alfresco cafe and treated myself to a glass of rose wine and a delicious salmon salad. I then took a wander round the gift shop and resisted the urge to buy a million books and pots, before making my way through to the exhibition. It is collaboration between Chelsea Physic Garden and the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, that intertwines botanical art, medicine and plants, focusing on those used to treat heart and lung conditions. It was a small exhibition but very sweet, the illustrations were intricate, accurate, beautiful and interesting.
The exhibition runs until 30th August and the Chelsea Physic Gardens is well worth a visit - I’d highly recommend the salad too!
Before heading home, I soaked up the Flower Week atmosphere, I love how all the shops and restaurants get involved, there was some very impressive window displays, but it wasn’t until I was on my way back to the tube that I realised I have never actually attended the Chelsea Flower Show, so I’m adding it to my 2020 to do list!