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.