This series forms the basis for ongoing projects.
'Velvet Black' draws on the essence of the traditional Victorian Auricula Theatres, which show collections of plants in their pots.
The collecting, tending and seasonal showing of plants, intrinsic in our human connection and relationship with Nature -
The build up of anticipation before spring and its flower shows, echoed in the 'Theatre': A stand, covered in black velvet - Itself a mixture of practicality and drama, creates a setting on which to stage the show.
Interwoven the fragility and timing of the perfect bloom with the precision of the era, resonant through the cultivars of florists and plant growers today.
In this sequence, the images represent the garden where the studies began.