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PLANTS & ARCHITECTURE DRAWINGS

With this set of drawings, I am exploring the relationships between manmade structures and organic shapes created by plants and flowers. I find this contrast exciting to draw, as I have to choose what to cut away or leave in place, to create accurate and representational shapes, which is a challenge.

With the Allotment drawing, I had been travelling past an allotment on my commute to work for several years and became obsessed with the aesthetics of the place. I enjoyed seeing the personalities within each plot. I find the sheds and huts add so much character. It was a real labour of love to compose the drawing (it comes from visiting several different allotments) adding in more and more detail as I worked.

 

With the Botanical Glasshouses, I visited Kew Gardens (Glass House and Water Lilies) and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh (Cactus House). I love how the repetition of the glasshouse structures create the perfect backdrop for all the wild and wonderful plants and flowers within. Drawing the plants allowed me to play with creating texture and form, working to make each plant look different from the next. With this set of drawings I really feel I have pushed the laser to its maximum, cutting parts away which are less than 1mm thick!

The image shows a large rectangle piece of art which depicts an allotment scene. There are several different garden sheds, raised beds, vegetable patches and bushes. The piece has been laser cut out of MDF and spray painted in dark green. It sits away from the wall so casts interesting shadows behind it. The work was create by Martha Ellis.

THE ALLOTMENT

Laser cut drawing

81/55cm or 31/22'' MDF 

Edition of 50

£450 

The drawing is unframed and is mounted directly to the wall with integrated hanging blocks. Each piece comes with nails and instructions.

This image shows a laser cut piece of art of the water lily pond at Kew Garden, it has been cut out of MDF and spray painted a bight green and sits off the wall so casts shadows. The artist who made it is Martha Ellis.

WATER LILIES

Laser cut drawing

42/59cm or 16/23'' MDF 

Edition of 50

£350 

The drawing is unframed and is mounted directly to the wall with integrated hanging blocks. Each piece comes with nails and instructions.

This image shows a laser cut piece of art by Martha Ellis. It has been cut out of MDF and depicts the Palm House at Kew Gardens, there are several flower beds in front of the glass house and a wheelbarrow. The work sits slightly off the wall so cast shadows behind it.

GLASS HOUSE

Laser cut drawing

42/59cm or 16/23'' MDF 

Edition of 50

£350 

The drawing is unframed and is mounted directly to the wall with integrated hanging blocks. Each piece comes with nails and instructions.

This image shows a laser cut piece of art by Martha Ellis. It has been cut out of MDF and sprayed bright green.  It depicts a glass house full of cactus based on the ‘Arid Lands’ glass house at the Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh. The work sits slightly off the wall so cast shadows behind it.

CACTUS HOUSE

Laser cut drawing

42/59cm or 16/23'' MDF 

Edition of 50

£350

The drawing is unframed and is mounted directly to the wall with integrated hanging blocks. Each piece comes with nails and instructions.

The photo shows Martha Ellis sat drawing cactus plants at Edinburgh Botanical gardens as she does research for her laser cut drawing.
five black and white pen drawings of different cactus plants which is research by Martha Ellis for her Cactus inspired laser cut drawing.
A photo of an open sketchbook and pen. Drawn in the sketchbook is four rough composition sketches by the artist Martha Ellis
The photo shows a screengrab of a photoshop workspace. It shows the digital design for Martha Ellis' cactus drawing. There are lots of different cactus ad rocks in black and white.
This photo shows the computer design for the cut out drawing. Martha is using a program called 2D Tech and the drawing is in red. It is of cactus plants and rocks and is showing how Martha creates her cut out drawings.
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