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The Father of Botany

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The Father of Botany

If you can imagine a time before tapping a query into 'Google' or reaching for a book in search of answers, how would you have gone about finding a simple answer to a question?

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Our First Birthday!!

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Our First Birthday!!

Everyone loves a before and after! On November 1st 2018 we picked up our keys to 19a Arwenack Street, excitedly looking forwards to an adventure in retail. Something which I have to admit I had no prior experience, potentially daunting perhaps? Given the Brexit fears that have swept the nation with uncertainty. In the usual Sarah Jane Humphrey indomitable spirit , of embracing life, and tenacity of will to push my visions out there, I took those keys and never looked back. For anyone familiar with the shops history you may have remembered it as a vintage clothing store owned by...

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Meet Naomi Hannam of Creative Roots

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Meet Naomi Hannam of Creative Roots

I first had the pleasure of meeting Naomi at the Potager Gardens, in Cornwall, after one of her Creative Roots workshops. Curious as always, I was keen to learn of what she had been making as she packed away her mysterious potions. At this particular workshop Naomi was teaching the ancient art of Botanical Ink making, where I bought my first pot, intrigued by the simplicity and excited to see how far I could push it as a Botanical Artist using my own methods. Since then I have taught a number of Botanical Illustration Workshops using the Creative Roots ink...

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What happens when you take a break from work?

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What happens when you take a break from work?

You may have noticed that I have been slightly lacking presence from Botanical Atelier recently and whilst there is no answer in short, it has been productive. A mixture of studio time, working on new and exciting commissions and time to travel has also been much needed headspace. All so often when we become too much part of the furniture in a single space it limits our thoughts, inhibiting the growth of fresh inspiration. I find working alone in my studio is a perfect balance to drift into a cathartic and mindful zone. Synching into my rituals and process of...

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Absinthe, Artemisia absynthium

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Absinthe, Artemisia absynthium

Absinthe Quite possibly better known for the alcoholic beverage 'Absinthe', which it is a key ingredient, favoured particularly in the 19th and 20th century. In literature it is commonly referred to as 'La Fée Verte (Green Fairy) most likely inspired by the visions Absinthe drinkers may have come across, whilst under the influence. Extremely high in alcohol and dangerously addictive with hallucinogens making it the perfect drink for absolutely far out side effects. This was the chosen tipple associated with the Bohemian culture, with many famous Absinthe drinkers including Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso.  By 1915...

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