Nature lover, writer, and botanical artist Bridget Beth Collins (aka Flora Forager) creates artwork using plants like a painter would pigment. She artistically arranges flowers and leaves into whimsical illustrations that look like they’re straight out of a fairytale.
The Seattle-based creative lives in an urban cottage that she and her young family call The Burrow, because, the artist says, “it looks and feels like a hobbit hole.” This magical setting undoubtedly inspires Collins’ creative compositions; each 3D illustration looks like it's been put together by garden gnomes or pixies.
Every petal, leaf, stone, and twig is hand-picked by Collins during jaunts into her surrounding landscape. “I love to adventure into the wildflower woodlands, mossy waterfalls, and gray sand starry expanses of the Pacific Northwest,” she reveals. “I forage almost all of my creations from foliage and flowers plucked from our sidewalks, meadows, and woods in our neighborhood.”
Once Collins has collected her botanicals, she arranges them on paper into all sorts of playful scenes. In one piece, she forms a woodland cottage from leaves and berries that even features a mossy rooftop and a friendly cat made from flower petals. Another illustration transforms colorful petals and leaves into a kaleidoscope of vibrant butterflies. After she is done organizing her ethereal compositions, each piece is photographed in order to capture its delicate beauty before it wilts.
Collins recently released a children’s picture book of her botanical illustrations, titled Flora Forager ABC.