Looking at their shop.

I had a look online to find some more inspiration of Kew and what they sell and what the print on, as well as the styles. I can see that the illustrative vintage style is used on all of their products, which keeps to the theme throughout. What I love about this is the diversity on which they can the illustrations, whether they make patterns, single out illustrations or they use it as their example of plant choice.

I also found out whilst researching that they use the illustrative style in response with the illustrations that are used in books and research of flowers. I thought this was a critical piece of information to take note of, especially when it comes to applying my piece to their work. I think it is important to understand the theme of Kew, but to also give it a slight modern twist, especially to the prints.

Referring back to the science of Kew, I looked into the scientific information and facts about the place, and I found out some amazing facts that I think would be important to include on the postcards:

  •  Kew’s collections contain over 8.5 million items.
  • Kew has over 250 highly skilled scientists, curators and technicians.
  • The scientific spans and collaborations span 100 countries worldwide.
  • There are 30,000 species of plants.
  • Kew’s Herbarium contains around 7 million preserved plant specimens that have been collected around the world over the past 150 years.
  • 25,000 specimens are added each year to the Herbarium.
  • Kew’s Fungarium’s collection contains around 1.25 million dried specimens of fungi.
  • Kew uses the plants and fungi to compare existing specimens with new collections to see the change and evolution between the species.
  • Kew’s collections of rare plants have their seeds frozen and preserved, to help prevent them from extinction.
  • There are over 80,000 seed collections of plants that are recognised to be rare or becoming extinct.
  • There are over 200,000 prints and drawings assembled over the last 200 years of research.




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