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.