Latin: Actea Racemosa
Actea: Elder/Sambucus, due to leaves looking similar
Home: Woodlands ranging from Arkansas and eastward
Story: This at-risk herb is the plant that inspired this entire collection. I was captivated by its tall plumes of white flowers, which has a stark contrast against the dark forest floor that this plant typically occupies. I was delighted to discover that this plant is also called "fairy candles."
Highlights the pattern of "three" in this plant - three leaves, three petals, three stigmas, and three stepals.
Home: Woodlands across the United States.
Story: Trillium is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. The variety that grows here in the Pacific Northwest starts off with white petals that shift to light pink and then finally turn a deep purple-magenta color. I love to visit the Trillium patches and see their current color status while they are in bloom.
Latin: Panax quinquefolius
Panax: Means 'all-healing" in Greek, aka panacea
Home: Shaded woodlands on the east coast of the United States
Story: American Ginseng was a wide-spread plant of importance to the Indigenous peoples of the United States. Its popularity in post-colonial western herbalism has drastically reduced its population in the wild, which is heightened by its high selling price.
Latin: Gentiana affinis
Home: Full sun locations with somewhat rocky soil.
Story: Gentian a gorgeous herb with stunning electric blue-violet flowers. Gentian reallllly loves to grow where it grows naturally, and so cultivation can be difficult.
This plant has a history of starring in bitter blends for digestion and mixed drinks. A beautiful alternative to this plant is Centaury, which grows wild and abundantly and has a potent bitter quality.
While I am in the process of creating a collection or single work of art, the research phase really lights me up. I enjoy sharing the wisdom of the plants, the depth of myths, or the history of a story alongside the visual art.
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Not only is the Earth the inspiration behind the artwork, but she is also prioritized in methods of printing, packaging, and shipping. A constant question on my mind is "how can I better live in harmony with the earth?"