Patterns of Flora Colouring Book

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This limited edition colouring book is part of Patterns of Flora | Mapping Seven Raasay Habitats, a 2015 ATLAS Arts commission by artist Frances Priest in collaboration with botanist Stephen Bungard. A celebration of the diverse flora of Raasay, it features the original botanical drawings made by the artist of seven different plant habitats. For a limited period a specially adapted A4 version of the Patterns of Flora colouring booking is available as a free download for you to print at home.

About Patterns of Flora

These drawings relate to a bespoke collection of ceramic artworks by Frances Priest that are permanently sited within Raasay House on the isle of Raasay. The illustrations are of seven unique plant habitats found on the Island of Raasay: Bog, Coast, Freshwater Loch, Limestone, Moor, Mountain and Woodland.

To accompany these decorative works a map has also been created that offers an imaginative survey of the seven botanical walks. The routes vary in difficulty and duration, each offering a unique insight into the island’s plant life.

About Frances Priest and Stephen Bungard

Frances Priest is an Edinburgh-based artist with a specialism in ceramics. Exploring pattern and ornament in decorative art and design, she creates intricately designed ceramic forms that explore and reinterpret languages of ornament from different cultures, locations and periods in history. She also makes work in response to people and places. This approach has led to projects in varied and sometimes unexpected settings, from a Tudor banqueting room in Sheffield, to an underpass in Cumbernauld. Frances’ work is represented in national collections including, the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Stephen Bungard undoubtedly knows more about the plant life of Raasay, Skye and the Small Isles than anyone else. A former ICI research manager, Stephen started taking an interest in flora in the early 1980s when he was involved in a campaign to save a wildlife corridor near his home in Teesside and had discovered Raasay as a holiday destination. He moved to the island in 2000 and now undertakes contract work for the likes of Scottish Natural Heritage. He is also the Vice County Recorder for the Botanical Society of the British Isles, responsible for recording the botany of Skye, Raasay and the Small Isles.

ATLAS Arts would like to thank Frances Priest for making this possible.