Originally from Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Gillian Arnold is an artist and surface pattern designer. She works with pressed cuttings of British wildflowers, adds colour to them and they act as a resist against the backgrounds which gives a sharp, photographic look. She prints directly with the plants, which is why there is so much detail and an almost 3D effect.
I absolutely love cow parsley and Queen Anne's lace," she says, which is a plant that usually grows on the side of the road with cow parsley, and has a lovely delicate look to it. A lot of my new designs feature astrantia, which look like little flowers. I like pretty plants but they have to be quite obscure-looking as well.