Nature is full of patterns

Bespoke Dandelion Seedhead Cushion

Combining my love of nature and pattern making

Art and nature have held my fascination my entire life. A common thread that has become more apparent in my work is the recurring theme of Patterns in Nature. Latest artworks are increasingly about my love of finding and painting the patterns in nature I see around me on my many walks.  

The colours, placement of tones and shapes form beautiful compositions that, thanks to my textile design background, I sometimes turn into repeat patterns. I see nature through my artist’s eyes. Generally, I am inspired wherever I go. It amazes me how I can go for a walk and have inspiration for a brand new collection. If only I had the time!

Many of my social media posts are about what I notice on my walks, the patterns I see and the natural forms that I forage on my travels.  You can see from the images below: the joy of seaweed on a beach, the pattern traces left on a fence where the ivy has been removed, autumn leaves on a woodland floor. As a result, my pockets are always stuffed full with my finds.

My modern botanical collection

Cornish Hedgerow print
Autumn Beech leaves Print
Jo Sharpe holding some seaweed

My modern botanical collection arose after being so inspired by the Cornish hedgerows one half term holiday.

This collection is inspired by  scenes that caught my eye on walks. They are different from my paintings as I am not a botanical artist! I take photographs that I digitally manipulate. I see my contemporary botanicals as a celebration of Nature. Subject matter includes: seed heads, meadows, hedgerows, verges, birds, leaves, poppies and hogweed.

What started out as a range of modern digital prints has now evolved into an interior decor collection including paintings, prints and cushions in various colours to suit any home. In addition to the homeware, I also have the designs printed onto beautiful scarves.  To view the designs: https://www.jo-sharpe.co.uk/bespoke-art-scarves/

Teaching Patterns in Nature

As well being an artist and designer, I run community art classes for adults and children and also a STEAM Club. In my CATS Club, (Craft, Art, Technology, Science) I enjoy showing children the links between Art, Science, Nature and Engineering. Whilst making fun arts and crafts, children learn through engagement about Leonardo da Vinci, the Fibonacii sequence, the golden spiral and biomimicry. They also learn how to look after and protect Nature by recycling, upcycling and thinking more sustainably. 

 

Find out more about my clubs and workshops for adults

Find out more about my clubs and workshops for children