Artist Delicately Crafts Colorful Illustrations From Foraged Flowers and Botanicals

Floral Arrangements Illustrations by Bridget Beth Collins

Seattle-based artist Bridget Beth Collins (aka Flora Forager) gives the term “floral arrangements” new meaning by using found flowers and botanicals to create charming, nature-inspired illustrations. Every petal, leaf, stone, and twig is hand-foraged by the artist while on adventures into the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest and walks around her local neighborhood. Each natural element is then artistically arranged on white paper and quickly photographed, capturing their delicate beauty and vibrant colors before they wilt.

“I began foraging for flora during a hard time in my life,” Collins tells My Modern Met. “Searching for flowers was like a balm for my heart. I loved bringing them home and discovering what animals or scenes they reminded me of.” From petal portraits to blooming, three-dimensional animals, each colorful image is cleverly composed, revealing the surprising versatility of the natural materials. “It was like a secret to unlock,” says Collins, “Eventually I shared them with others, as a reminder that beauty and magic is hidden in unlikely places, just within our grasp, if we would only seek it out.”

Due for release in Spring 2019, Collins has created her first children’s book, titled Flora Forager ABC. It’s filled with delightful animal portraits made from her foraged botanicals. You can pre-order it now and find more of Collins’ floral compositions on Instagram.

Artist Bridget Beth Collins gives the term “floral arrangements” new meaning by using found flowers and botanicals to create charming illustrations.

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Each natural element is artistically arranged on white paper and quickly photographed…

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…capturing their delicate beauty and vibrant colors before they wilt.

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Bridget Beth Collins.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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