Instagrammer of the Week: Isla Middleton

Having just graduated with a degree in textile design, Isla Middleton is rapidly carving herself a successful path in the industry with her exquisite, botanical-inspired linocut patterns and prints. Surrounded by nature from an early age, Isla’s designs reflect the rustic colours and beauty of the English countryside and the floral varieties that can be found […]

Spotlight: Lucinda Law

Taking to the stage in today’s Spotlight interview is a woman of many talents; Singapore-based artist, Lucinda Law. We first stumbled across Lucinda’s work after spotting the fabulous illustrated cover she created for Harper’s Bazaar SG, in 2016, and were enthralled to learn about her multi-faceted life as a writer, editor, teacher and botanical watercolour […]

Cast into Success: Rachel Dein

Despite graduating with a degree in Fine Art, Rachel Dein never saw herself earning a living as an artist. So, she began her early career as a prop maker, quickly making her way into London’s West End theatres, the Royal Opera House and the English National Opera. “It wasn’t until I had children that I […]

Spotlight: Olaf Hajek

Avid readers of McQueens the Blog may remember our Spotlight interview earlier this year with Rosie Marteau, half of the talented duo behind Yuyo, a new energy-boosting drink made with yerba mate. In our opinion, even if a delicious, heathy alternative to tea and coffee weren’t enough to persuade us to buy the stuff, the fabulous […]

Instagrammer of the Week: Robert Bowers

As soon as we spotted Robert Bowers work on Instagram we became instant fans. Maybe it’s because is so very chilly here in the UK and we’re lusting for warm, tropical destinations, or perhaps our inner botanists were immediately drawn to the lush foliage that so often features in his work. Or, more likely, it’s […]

National Gallery: Beyond Caravaggio

Flowers might not have been a particular focus for Caravaggio and his followers in their paintings, but we thought we’d mention the exciting new exhibition at The National Gallery exploring his work. Beyond Caravaggio is the first major exhibition in the UK which illustrates the immense influence of the Baroque Italian master. It’s a must-see for anyone who loves the classic […]

Fiona Strickland: The Vital Moment

This month, the Jonathan Cooper gallery in Chelsea are holding their first solo show of leading botanical artist, Fiona Strickland. A graduate and post-graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Strickland is a multi-award winning artist renowned for her beautiful and extraordinarily intricate botanical portraits. Painting in watercolour, she depicts a stunning array of flowers, often from unusual angles or […]