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H O T  H O U S E


In the midst of a snowy British winter, ‘glass palaces’ around the country steam up as they protect and nurture their tropical plants in structures often over two-hundred years old. With the snow melting off the roofs, artist Samantha Allan made expeditions to some of her favourite glasshouses to celebrate the ‘jungles in our gentle landscape’.

A series of inky blank painted silhouettes featuring twisted tropical vines, banana palms with their leaves torn and tattered like moth-eaten fabrics, lofty birds nest ferns and the carnivorous Venus Fly Trap are captured like Daguerreotypes (early photographic slides which were contemporary to the boom in glass house building in the 19th century).

Inspired by John Ruskin’s striking 5ft high paintings of flora and fauna which he used as teaching diagrams for his students, Samantha has created a series of limited edition, signed prints which play with scale, simplicity and boldness of form.


P L A N T  F O R M S


Liisa Hashimoto lives and works in Osaka, Japan and studied silversmithing in America under Yoshiko Yamamoto at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts  in Boston, Massachusetts. She continues to exhibit her work in Europe, America and in her own gallery in Japan.

Heavily influenced by nature, Hashimoto uses oxidised sterling silver for stylising the plant form, and finishes with touches of enamel in bright colours to form seeds and berries.


Winter Exhibition

H O T  H O U S E | the strange world of plants

Three makers have responded to our winter theme, exploring plant forms: Ceramics by Mar Hernandez, Prints by Samantha Allan and jewellery by Liisa Hashimoto.

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Kew Gardens in the snow



Mar Hernandez, was born in Jaén, Spain and although her early years took place in Yecla, a small town in the south, Mar relocated to Valencia. There she graduated from San Carlos University of Fine Arts, where she currently works as teacher. Today, her illustration works have appeared internationally in numerous projects for editorial clients and design firms. She has exhibited her work in numerous collective and solo shows, all over the world.

This collection is a rare opportunity to see Hernandez’s ceramic work which is inspired by the fruits of plants and trees.

As featured in the October 2014 issue of Vogue