Gillian Arnold

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.