Connecting with plant loving people is one of the intentions we pursue with Urban Jungle Bloggers. We can’t meet all of you in person, but sometimes we get interesting insights into the lives and creative processes of other botanical folks. One of those is London-based illustrator Katie Scott whom’s home we discovered via Freunde von Freunden. She’s worked with numerous medical journals and institutions and published three encyclopaedic books, the latest being Botanicum.
Katie’s work is inspired by scientific illustration, fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary design. It’s this that has attracted the attentions of well known fashion designers, international retailers, interior designers, tattoo artists, musicians and filmmakers alike. “I’m inspired by all sorts of old medical and natural history artwork but I’m not interested in doing simple reproductions of that,” she says. “My visual language draws on different elements from hundreds and thousands of years of scientific artwork but hopefully gives it a modern twist.”
For her latest book, Botanicum, Katie was given free rein of Kew Gardens, meaning that she was able to spend time studying exotic plants in the flesh. “Plants are almost mathematical. If you spend a few minutes studying a plant very briefly, understanding at what angle the branches come out from the stem, noticing how the stem joins the leaf—basically, studying the structure of the plant and the moments of change—you can manipulate it and fit it into any space you like. You can get almost an archetype in your head to work from. It’s the same with flowers.”
Read more about Katie Scott on Freunde von Freunden.
Photography by Liz Seabrook