Walking through nature can be quite inspiring, especially when you stop and admire the tiny, often overlooked beauty of flowers. For artist Bridget Beth Collins, these tiny works of natural art are even more inspiring. Collins finds her materials, which include flowers, leaves, sticks, and berries, throughout her home in Seattle. She then turns them into magical creatures.
The creations come in various levels of complexity, from spare, airy arrangements using open space to densely packed, sculptural forms with lots of texture and contrast. Sometimes, her children even join in and make creations of their own.
Inspiration comes naturally to Collins. She described for us her process of creating new pieces, which sounds like a wonderful way to spend a day:
“I collect flowers from woodlands and roadsides, and my mother”s large rose garden, and grow my own small garden in the city,” she explains. “I sometimes see an animal right on a plant, like a rhino”s horn in the thorns on a rose, or the fins of a goldfish in an orange poppy. Other times, I will be inspired by patterns and colors from different cultures to create a mandala or design. I want my work to inspire people to find beauty and magic in unlikely places.”
Aside from creating animals, Collins also dabbles in nonrepresentational forms, like the geometric compositions you see below. These pieces look like ancient magical symbols or beautiful pieces of jewelry.
You can see more of Collins” work and purchase prints of her creations on her website. You can also get a daily dose of floral beauty, even if you”re not near nature, by following her on Instagram. Be sure to check out her other artwork, including watercolors and drawings, on her personal blog.