Creative Collaboration - An Interior Shoot with Sara Lynd Photography

Dining room - Plant selection of Calathea, Aloe Vera, Cactus and Succulents. Wall colour, Farrow & Ball, Oval Room Blue. Dining table from Unto to This Last. Mirror from Ikea.

Dining room - Plant selection of Calathea, Aloe Vera, Cactus and Succulents. Wall colour, Farrow & Ball, Oval Room Blue. Dining table from Unto to This Last. Mirror from Ikea.

To kick off the new Design by Nature journal I wanted to get right to the heart of friendship, art and collaboration.

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of collaborating with a very talented friend of mine, Sara Hibbert aka @saralyndphotography.

Sara is a photographer and artist-filmmaker, having studied her MA at the RCA, and now also pursues a successful career in interior and lifestyle photography alongside her art practice.

Living Room - Zeezee plant and Kangeroo's Paw

Living Room - Zeezee plant and Kangeroo's Paw

Sara and I met when we were both studying for our BA Fine Art at Kingston University. From those student days in Knights Park (the student bar) ever lasting friendships were formed with an amazing group of friends. We were so lucky that post uni, a large proportion of us picked ourselves up and made fresh roots in East London pursuing creative careers in all manner of industries.

As some of you may or may not know, before I became a florist I worked with some the UK’s best known artists and designers creating luxury products and furniture. My job involved elements of studio management, exhibition and product installation, as well as managing design projects for a selection of elite clients.

Dining room - Asparagus Fern, detail shot

Dining room - Asparagus Fern, detail shot

Now I run my own floristry business I get the opportunity to work with my creative friends and share projects together that enhance all of our work.

The first project with Sara involved a day’s photography at my house for an interior feature on the home’s of florists and botanists living in North & East London.  This shoot allowed Sara and I to bring together Sara’s photography and the Design by Nature floral and plant styling.

Living room - Plant selection - Calathea, Weeping Fig Tree, Asparagus Fern and Monstera. Chair from Ikea, cushion from Habitat and side table a Mid-century piece,

Living room - Plant selection - Calathea, Weeping Fig Tree, Asparagus Fern and Monstera. Chair from Ikea, cushion from Habitat and side table a Mid-century piece,

Living room - Kangaroo Paw, detail shot

Living room - Kangaroo Paw, detail shot

Dining room - painting by Design by Nature

Dining room - painting by Design by Nature

One of the best things I’ve learnt about collaborating with friends is allowing each other the creative freedom to make changes, openly bring ideas to the table and let the project evolve naturally.

For me these images have a strong element of clean, crisp and design-led style with simple touches of plants and greenery, which I love. This most definitely is the result from working through the interior together and taking the time to set up the shoot. Sara is amazing at capturing the delicate details that I would have certainly missed and applying this to the body of work.

Collectively these images tell a story and bring about a sense of style and design.

Bedroom with plant selection of Spider plant, succulents, String of Hearts and Asparagus Fern.

Bedroom with plant selection of Spider plant, succulents, String of Hearts and Asparagus Fern.

I’m excited to share this final selection of imagery with you. All photographs are taken by Sara Hibbert and further information about her work can be found here – http://www.saralyndphoto.co.uk and for her visual arts work http://sarahibbert.co.uk

Bathroom - Plant selection, Succulents, Spider plant, Ivy, String of Hearts and Prayer Plant (Maranta) Products - soap and hand lotion from Byredo and Diptyque candle.

Bathroom - Plant selection, Succulents, Spider plant, Ivy, String of Hearts and Prayer Plant (Maranta) Products - soap and hand lotion from Byredo and Diptyque candle.