The Herbarium Studio is about internalising and addressing a new ecological consciousness through a focused and intensive examination of the plant world.
You will be introduced to complex systems theory, and the interrelationships between humans and the plant world through the study of a range of philosophical, cultural, artistic, scientific, and design projects.
The studio involves acknowledging and valuing our relationship to plants, at both practical and poetic levels — including food production, air and water quality, biomimicry, plant anatomy, and historical and cultural concepts – through the lens of contemporary critical thinking.
You will undertake site visits to beautiful locations to inform a range of responses to natural and constructed environments.
You will learn how to identify, illustrate and research the potential applications and uses for plants and plant material through case studies.
You will contribute to an online herbarium compendium, in the form of illustration and drawing, plant identification, narrative/storytelling, and photography.
You will use then these intensive inputs to develop and produce a design project that engages living systems as its primary focus.
Din Heagney is a writer, editor and lecturer in art and design in Melbourne. dinheagney.com
Sophie Gaur works as a designer and a teacher in Melbourne. sophiegaurstudio.com