Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Visual Research

The hunt began in June with a trip to the Natural History Museum and its' renound collections of both plants and animals and their fossils, some dating back millions of years.
A collection of ammonites fossils at the Natural History Museum

One of the many insectivorous plants in Darwin's greenhouse at Down House
A Blue Footed Booby on North Seymore Island in the Galapagos

While staying in London we took a trip to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, as my husband had wanted to do this from being a boy. He and my son had already indulged their passion for all things Darwinian when they visited the Galapagos Islands.
Another must visit was Kew Gardens to look for rare and exotic plants. I discovered that ferns and ginkgos, as well as having iconic shaped leaves with loads of decorative potential,dated back to the Devonian period 410 - 350 million years ago. Flowering plants came much later, a mere 150 million years ago. The earliest of these were water lilies, magnolias and orchids - how perfect is that for designers of interior fabrics to work from!

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