With the exciting launch of our brand new collection arriving next month, Katie is sharing some of the inspirations which led her to create the beautiful pen and ink designs that are featured in the new collection. With an emphasis on flora and fauna, Katie’s intricate hand drawn illustration’s are beautifully intertwined to create delicate patterns, which showcase the most enchanting parts of the natural world.
Featured on a collection of luxury greetings cards, the new timeless, classic collection aims to bring the beautiful essence of nature and joy to it’s recipients!
Katie discusses her favourite flora inspirations which inspired the brand new collection below
As a designer, I tend to naturally find inspiration in almost all things, but the most inspiring thing for me is the world around us. I see pattern design ideas within the intricacy of the tree branches, the glistening speckles of sunshine reflecting on a lake, and even in a flock of birds! As a lover of intricate details and classic design, I find that one of my greatest joys comes from admiring the worlds flora and fauna, as their delicate, intricate nature and timeless beauty especially fascinate me.
As the summer slowly draws to a close, I am reminiscing about the Spring and Summer which brought about some of my favourite inspirations – flowers. I feel lucky that the British summer unleashes a whole array of beautiful blooms which are the essence of a British summertime.
In no particular order, here are some of my favourite flowers which can be found adorned on our new collection
Bellis perennis, known most commonly as daisies, have a wonderfully bright cluster of tiny yellow discs as the ‘eye’ which is surrounded by an array of delicate white petals. Blooming all over the world, with the only exception being Antarctica, daises are simply the most cheerful of flowers!
I find that daisies invoke nostalgia of more innocent and playful times from childhood, serving as reminders of hot summer days spent with friends in the school playing field wearing red and white gingham summer dresses, white frilly socks and grass stained knees! As children we would spend hours creating daisy chains to decorate each other with flower crowns, necklaces, bracelets and intertwine in between plaits in our hair. Daisies are always a favourite flower to receive, with their sunny and happy nature making them the perfect bloom to bring happiness to any recipient!
Forget-me-nots (Myosotis) are tiny and magical wild flowers that are both beautiful and dainty. Cropping up in some of the most unexpected places in large and small clusters, I find that these charming, five-petaled, blue blooms are joy to see in the Spring through to the Autumn months.
As an appreciator of tiny details, I love that the forget-me-not is one of the most intricate of natures blooms. I love their centre ‘eye’ of yellow & white, which is surrounded by tiny, delicate blue and sometimes pink petals which sit on tall, hairy stems. All these aspects of the Myosotis flower complement each other beautifully to create a dainty, joyful and refreshing cluster of wildflowers!
Due to the forget-me-not flower spreading easily, this native wildflower tends to grow and bloom in a whole range of places where their tiny seeds may fall – including shaded and sunny spots. Forget-me-not plants have a romantic notion too, as they historically symbolize true & faithful love, and as the name suggests, they would be given as gifts with the hope the recipient will not forget the giver.
It is always a joy to find a cluster of forget-me-nots in the most unexpected places and I look forward to their return in the Spring!
Roses – the sweetest combination of sophistication and beauty, are a favourite flower of the British, and especially a favourite of mine! Known as the flower of romance, the Victorians began the tradition of giving the gift of a bouquet through floriography (the language of flowers) which would convey a message as a way to express the senders emotions, which could not be spoken aloud in Victorian society.
Roses, along with their floral scent, are particularly appealing with their perfectly designed swirls of beautiful delicacy, intricate details and delightful array of layered petals. Roses invoke a classic, rustic feel anywhere they bloom, and pink roses in particular are traditionally used to express gentle emotions such as admiration, joy, love and gratitude.
I spent some time this summer admiring the glorious pink roses which have blossomed in my countryside garden (as seen in this photo!) a place where the doll house-esque country cottages are often covered with ivy and unleash a beautiful array of rose blooms during the British summertime!
“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”
― Luther Burbank
Bright and sunny Daffodils are considered one of the hopeful indications of Spring! With their seeds being planted in the autumn, they spend several months growing their roots before their flowers break open… unleashing a splash of happiness to the often barren and colourless British winter landscape as they bloom! In the Spring, I enjoy filling my home with these long trumpet-shaped flowers to brighten the last of the winter days and after a sometimes long, British winter we are especially in need of the sunny hope these blooms bring!
As one of my favourite places to be in nature is in the forest, a place where I feel the most calm, I find visiting the bluebell forests in the springtime one of my most favourite times of the year. I was lucky enough to visit the famous ‘bluebell woods’ in Scotland this summer, a place where each Spring the entire forest is taken over and the understory is completely covered with a magical carpet of violet-blue shades, made up of thousands of clusters of bell-shaped flowers! It is such a beautiful sight to see, and as there are many bluebell forests throughout the country, you can also experience the bluebells unleashing their magic in the upcoming Spring. Take a look at where your nearest bluebell forest is via the National Trust’s website.
Foxglove flowers (Digitalis purpurea) bloom from June to September, with their colourful tubular flowers filled with nectar serving as an attraction to bumblebees, whom are the main pollinators of the foxglove plant. Foxgloves contain many dangerous chemicals in their 20 to 80 beautifully coloured & often purply – pink flowers. The beautiful digitalis plant is poisonous to both animals and humans, which in fact can be fatal even in small doses!
I always find foxgloves a joy to discover in the summer, as they are a happy, beautiful and bright flower, standing tall in the form of a long spike, with hairy dark green narrow leaves and blooms which are speckled with dark purple and white spots inside their tubular flowers. Foxgloves can also be found in various shades of colours, including glorious sunset hues, pinks, apricots, violets, turquoises and even whites – which are rare to see in wild, as many have been artificially created.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
― Claude Monet
xx KC xx
Katie Craven is a luxury lifestyle brand, based in the Ribble Valley countryside. With design at the heart of the brand, Katie intricately hand illustrates each of her beautiful, classic creations in her signature pen, ink and watercolour style.
Katie’s illustrative prints turn the beautiful and the magical into luxurious pieces of artwork that can be worn, loved, displayed and treasured forever. Her designs are “created with the aim to bring joy and magic to everyday life” and her inspiration is drawn from all aspects of daily living, including small magical moments, daydreaming and the beauty of our natural world. Her inspiration also lies in classic vintage styles from eras past, including work by Victorian designer William Morris “who believed the world could be made a better place through the creation of beautiful things.”
Inspired by Katie’s love of all things beautiful, we are devoted to making exceptional quality stationary and silk scarves that are proudly made in England, created to inspire and encourage the traditions of sending letters and gift giving.
With British luxury at the core of the brand, attention to detail is taken at every aspect of the products journey and we take pride in selecting the highest quality fabrics and paper stocks to ensure the longevity of our luxury collections. Sustainability is at the forefront of everything that we do, therefore all of our greeting cards and paper products are printed on FSC certified card, sourced locally to us in the beautiful Lake District.
Our luxurious silk scarves have been specially created to add a timeless, elegant finish to any look, invoking a sense of beauty and magic whenever worn. We are proud in the knowledge that our scarves are truly beautiful pieces of wearable art, that have been drawn by hand with an exquisite level of detail and printed onto the finest silk twill material, to be loved & treasured forever.
Each Katie Craven design tells it’s own unique story, featuring an illustrated, imaginary world that has been created to incite a sense of joy for life whenever admired.
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