July 30, 2020

Is Uniqueness a Blessing or a Danger?

Sarah Richardson

Digital Print, Embroidery and EmbellishmentsDevious Plants, 2020

For all life, survival of the species is paramount. My visual research focuses on carnivorous plants. I was attracted, much like their prey, by their flamboyance and decorative appearance. These devious plants can act as monsters of the natural world as they use their evolutionary techniques of trickery to lure their prey in, before trapping them with their dubious surface textures. Each carnivorous plant is skilfully designed to catch the eyes of the natural world in order to thrive. This collection celebrates a terrible, dark beauty in uniqueness. Inspired by the plants ruthless yet successful survival techniques, I have created a collection of repeat prints to portray a sense of continuous growth, while retaining hand-drawn qualities within bold compositions to mirror the endearing and impactful qualities of the visual source. The collection is digitally printed onto a range of materials, from thick linens to delicate satins, to create a tactile experience much like the plants dangerous and intelligently designed surfaces. Additionally, the collection’s uniqueness are enhanced through embroidery and embellishment, to create dynamic textures and produce a striking aesthetic. This collection captures the devious personality of some of nature’s most intriguing plants and evokes it through bold, dramatic fashion textiles.