The allure of the tropics – a design attraction

by Izzie Artisan

Is it just me, or are tropical leaves popping up everywhere at the moment? From fashion to furniture, jungle foliage is so hot right now.

And it’s not just plant art adorning walls, people are going wild about decorating their homes with the real deal. Creating their very own “urban jungles” and green living spaces, with tropical plants filling interiors like never before.

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

Tropical leaf cushions by Maria Tilyard at Flock

It’s happening on social media too, from sharing tips on caring for houseplants to daily plant diaries. Society has become plant possessed. The hashtag #CrazyPlantLady has more than 366k posts on Instagram at the time of writing and #MonsteraMonday is a thing.

I’m usually a cynic when I come to trends, but a trend which involves growing and caring for things is a winner in my books. It’s no surprise that designers are embracing this movement, with inspiration sprouting up all over the place. I recently visited some beautiful glasshouses with some impressive collections of exotic plants; Kew gardens and Glasgow botanical gardens, which are both well worth a visit.

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

 

The stunning shapes of tropical leaves are a jewellery maker’s dream; elegant, simple and decorative. I can’t get enough of them in my work at the moment. Leaf designs have always been at the core of my business, but I’ve been feeling newly inspired recently. You can expect plenty more tropical leaves in my upcoming work, with my collections growing organically.

 

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

I create my designs from recycled materials, using hammering and hand engraving techniques, which ensures that no two pieces are the same.

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

 

Lately, I have also been experimenting with painting tropical leaf designs, which have been transformed into a set of greetings cards (printed locally on recycled card).

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

The Allure of the Tropics - A design attraction - Flock Brighton

Check out my new jewellery and card designs at Flock or shop the collection online.

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