Today I had the opportunity to visit the Natural History Archives at Corsham Court, Bath University Campus.
I had a wonderful time looking through the many drawers full of all sorts; from beautiful shells, pottery, minerals, stones, fossils, snakeskin, birds and insects.
As part of my botanical studies, I am also including insects in my work. The Archives, with respect to insects, were mostly comprised of Butterflies, which were very pretty but I was after more unusual insects to draw.
I still had a “kid-in-a-sweet-shop” moment opening each drawer to reveal little boxes full of interesting finds!
Image 1 – Corsham Court Campus.
Image 2 – Corsham Court.
Image 3 – Stable block studio rooms.
Image 4 – The Archives.
Image 5 – Even before I began my search, interesting items on display.
Image 6 – More boxes and shelves to look inside.
Image 7 – All labelled!
Image 8 – Snakeskins.
Image 9 – I pulled this guy out! What was left of him!
Image 10 – I left this guy in there!
Image 11- Not sure what these guys are.
Image 12 – Coral.
Image 13 – Pretty shell all very dusty but still retained a lovely colour.
Image 14 – More shells.
Image 15 – Shells.
Image 16 – Seeds.
Image 17 – Mouse nest in the seed drawer with a mummified mouse in it!
Image 18 – Butterflies tucked away in a display box.
Image 19 – Butterflies.
Image 20 – Butterfly.
Image 21 – Close-up.
Image 22 – Red Butterfly.
Image 23 – Close-up Butterfly.
Image 24 – Butterfly case.
Please note these are very old archives. As you can see, the butterflies are not in a great order but from a creative point of view interesting!
Another design house that I have long admired is Milan-based Missoni.
Founded in 1953 by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni, Missoni has gained notoriety for its knitwear and colourful patterns. In the early 80’s, Missoni introduced a range of home furnishing fabrics which has continued to flourish.
I admire Missoni’s sense of fun, creativity, freedom. In particular, their use of bold colours, stripes and incorporation of flora.
My favourite? Well, with my background in horticulture and my connection to nature, Passiflora just makes me smile every time I see it.
I found this video on Vimeo and for me it offers a strong sense of what the Missoni Brand embodies:
This clip, from FashionTV‘s coverage of Milan Design Week 2011, includes an interview with co-founder Rosita Missoni.
With the opportunity to use a professional photography studio, I thought I would test it out on my sample cushions and artwork. With the help of the technician, who set up the equipment and lighting, here are my photos.