I was inspired to build a collection based on plants that had medicinal properties similar to the medications that I have been prescribed as this would link in with the stitch and yarn explorations I have done in the previous sections.
I used two books as sources of possible plants to create a still life with and these were:
- White, L. B. & Foster, S. (2000) The Herbal Drugstore: The Best Natural Alternatives to Over-the-Counter and Prescription Medicines Rodale Inc.
- Steel, S. (2011) Neal’s Yard Remedies: Cook, Brew and Blend Your Own Herbs London: Dorling Kindersley Limited
Disclaimer: I should be clear here that I am not in any way using these plants as alternatives or to supplement the drug regime prescribed by my GP. The following plant list is only being used as inspiration for a still life and subsequent textiles project.
|Plant||Potential Medicinal Uses|
|Cayenne & Other Peppers||Anti-inflammatory, Raynaud’s, Headaches|
|Chamomile||Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, |
|Cleavers (Galium Aparine)||Lymphatic Cleanser, Anti-Inflammatory|
|Dog Rose (Rosa Canina)||Anti-inflammatory|
|Elder (Sambucus Nigra)||Anti-inflammatory, Bruising|
|Feverfew||Anti-inflammatory, Digestive Stimulant, |
|Garlic (Allium Sativum)||Antihistaminic|
|Jasmine||Nervine, Mild Analgesic, Antispasmodic|
|Lemon Balm||Insomnia, Headaches, Digestive Stimulant|
|Lemon Grass||Antispasmodic, Analgesic|
|Liquorice||Adrenal Stimulant, Anti-inflammatory|
|Marigold (Calendula)||Anti-Inflammatory, Bruising|
|Passionflower||Analgesic, Antispasmodic, Insomnia, |
|Peppermint||Antispasmodic, Digestive Aid, Analgesic|
|Poppy (Papaver Somniferum)||Analgesic|
|Stinging Nettle||Anti-inflammatory, Osteoporosis, Hayfever|
|Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)||Antispasmodic|
|Valerian (officinalis)||Acts in similar manner to Valium, Insomnia|
The plants that I collected together can be seen in the photographs below and I am intrigued to see how the composition will change over the coming weeks as different plants flower.
Referred to “a jungle and a half” by a visitor, the collection includes:
- Iceland Poppy Garden Gnome
- Willow (dried in 3 colours)
- Bronze Fennel
- Chilli Plant Prairie Fire
- Aloe Vera
- Stinging Nettles
Now the plants have been collected, the brief is to create eight to ten new drawings using any media and in any size I wish.