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.