I have a confession to make, and I can’t quite believe that I’m writing this but…. I’ve never been a big fan of house plants. Okay, before you throw your hands up in horror, I’m blaming my childhood for this (of course). Growing up, our home was filled with plants. We had macrame hanging baskets with plants. Spider plants everywhere. And mother-in-law’s tongues looking spiky and defiant alongside the fireplace. I grew up surrounded by plants, and rather than making me appreciate and enjoy all this natural greenery, as soon as I had my own place I made sure that it was a plant-free zone. Too busy, too leafy, too spiky, too green. There was no space in my home for plants.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to the work of Edinburgh artist Dodo Flugge of diedododa, and I immediately connected with her collection of Botanical Alphabet prints. I’ve long been an admirer of vintage botanical illustrations, so this particular collection from Dodo, which was inspired by her fascination with botany, was bound to resonate, but interestingly Dodo has combined her delicate botanical drawings with bold typography to create this striking range of prints.
Self-taught artist Dodo creates a unique and ever-changing selection of prints, cards and accessories using a variety of mediums, and her work is diverse, from detailed ink drawings such as the Ink Birds collection to Exotic Bird Paintings to the graphic juxtapositions of The Three Graces. I caught up with Dodo to ask about her work and specifically the inspiration behind the Botanical Alphabet prints.