WATERCOLOUR HERBARIUM, 2019
By Caitlin Klooger, 2019
Commissioned by Metro Tunnel Creative Program
Curator - Global Art Projects
Domain Parklands, Anzac Station Construction site, Melbourne
As part of a partnership between the Metro Tunnel Creative Program and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Caitlin was one of four artists offered rare access to the State Botanical Collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria. Caitlin had the opportunity to view the amazing items held in the collection including a wealth of pressed plant samples and photographic scans of exceptional historical specimens.
Based on her experience, Caitlin has created a montage of botanical imagery.
Inspired by the huge range of botanical specimens at the Herbarium, I starting painting watercolours of a variety of the plants as well as others found around the botanical gardens site. True to my love of Australian flora I focused on native plants with a few Australian birds and butterflies added to the mix.
Caitlin Klooger is half of Melbourne textile studio Ink & Spindle. Inspired by the Australian landscape, Ink & Spindle are passionate about creating textiles that have minimal impact on the earth. Using organic cotton/hemp and eco-linen base cloths they ensure that their textiles and home furnishings have inherent longevity and are free from harmful chemicals.
Domain Parklands, Anzac Station Construction site
October 2019 - April 2020