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Intricate Hand-Drawn Flowers Bloom from Australian Maps

Australian creative Jessie L. Pittard is both a ceramic artist and printmaker who lately has made a departure from clay and towards intricate, hand-drawn installations that feature flora and maps. She's assembled a collection of indigenous plants from the greater Melbourne area, and the intricately-produced flowers and leaves are an extension of map books.

Pittard combines the rigid structure of longitude and latitude lines and pairs them with blooms that seem to sprout from the book's pages. She's used the maps as a drawing surface, and a black pen outlines the small details of leaves, petals, and stems. Beneath her handiwork we can see parts of city streets and bodies of water. When all of the pieces are arranged together, it becomes an impressive, deconstructed bouquet.

Pittard's installation goes beyond the flora's exquisite beauty. Accompanying her piece is a handmade book that details every plant that she drew . So, if you are a nature enthusiast, you can also learn about what's native to Australia's lands.

Jessie L. Pittard Facebook page
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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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