Amsterdam Hortus Botanicus

The Botanical Gardens in Amsterdam was the starting point to my primary research. I had already chosen my theme so I was very eager to visit the gardens to get some inspiration. These are a few examples of the photographs I took whilst there. From these photographs I explored manual image manipulations where I separated the photograph and then began to put it back together.

I also tried focusing on the shapes and lines within the image rather than the photograph as a whole to see what I could pull from that.

Another element I looked at was the colours that made the image. These were the basis to my first colour palette in which I implemented in my first set of drawings

Photoshop Induction – 17th November

Resolution – Number of pixels in every inch (Measure of the quality of image)

An example – image on a computer screen is 72DPI

  • An appropriate resolution on a new page on photoshop would be 300DPI. If we choose a preset size of paper to work with, this is the resolution it would give us.
  • Always work at actual size on Photoshop – e.g creating an A3 image, set paper to A3 on photoshop

Scanning an image in –

  • Use epson scan if its an A4 – Change to professional mode and check resolution is 300DPI
  • Use image capture if its A3

Cropping and Straightening

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Image Adjustments – Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, Auto Colour (quick fixes – no control to the adjustments)

Adjusting contrast to make black black and white white – Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 14.39.16.png

Colour adjustments – Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 14.48.26

Saving a photoshop file –

Photshop File – Save as this if the image is still a work in progress. Keeps the image quality.

JPEG – Compresses the size of the file. Easier to store or send but may result in loosing some of the quality.

TIFF – Finished in photoshop, keeps the quality but smaller file size than photoshop files.

Help with saving images/ types of files

We were given 3 tasks to complete which included cropping and straightening the images, resizing them to A4, Adjusting the black and white contrast and saving them as a Photoshop PSD file.

Extra Experimental Help –



Georg Dionysius Ehret

  • He was a German botanist and entomologist, and is best known for his botanical illustrations.
  • His original art work may be found at the Natural History Museum in London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, The Royal Society, the Lindley Library at the Royal Horticultural Society, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the University Library of Erlangen, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh.
  • He lived at a time of scientific discovery and enlightenment in Europe, a ‘golden age of botanical art’.
  • He used sketchbooks to draw observations from the plants before producing larger paintings in his studio.


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  • I love the way he has used a notebook to record some of his observations from plants. I think the way he has done some quite simplistic drawings which he then takes away to develop is very interesting
  • I also like the way he only draws the plant itself. He leaves the background very plain so that it doesn’t take anything away from the focused object.


  • A style inspired by China, Japan and other asian countries.
  • Porcelein, silk and lacquerware imported from china and japan were extremely fashionable
  • Many British Craftmen and designers immitated Asian designs to reate their own versions from the East
  • From 1750-1765 the style was most popular
  • Features of the Chinoiserie style include people in chinese clothing, chinese landscapes, birds, dragons and Pagodas

New Brief

We have been given our new brief; 18th meets 21st Century Twinned Ideologies

  • These periods in history witnessed the birth of the industrial revolution and the arrival of the digital age.
  • They are both centuries full of change and progression, and of discovery and invention.

In this module i will be re-visiting the culture, ideas and aesthetics of the 18th century. The idea of the brief is to explore the relationship between the 18th and 21st century through innovative and experimental design ideas.