Meet the Artists / Hi Wildflower Botanica
Part of launching a natural botanical perfume and body care brand is creating a holistic creative community. As a writer and artist in Brooklyn, it's important to me to incorporate the visual aesthetics of my community as a part of my brand.
3 artists explored modern takes on botanical illustration, a seemingly lost art that has experienced a great revival. These artists re-imagined the classic botanical drawing in black and white lines, making it simple, minimal and new.
Chioma Ebinama is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is visually attracted to sweetness, beauty, and the dark side. She is most inspired by her Igbo heritage, city life, films, and fashion. Many of her drawings are personal works, drawn for independent publication, however, she also spends her time drawing for fashion, music, and editorials. She will begin studies in MFA Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts in NYC this fall.
Arlene Ellis is a freelance illustrator, textile designer and surface designer. Through illustration, she articulates her appreciation for the natural world using patterns that reveal an interconnectedness among all species. Whether it's the intricate texture of brain coral, the bold colors of northern flicker, the jewel-like shell of a ladybug, or the dynamic tendrils of a neuron, Arlene references numerous biological patterns to create vibrant illustrative designs for fabric, posters, wallpaper and packaging.
Max Cohen is an illustrator, performing artist and med student living between NYC and ATL. He's the co-founder of Valkova Art Foundation, which is dedicated to honoring the memory of the Valkova family through the development of new processes in all disciplines.