Please tell us a little bit about yourself...
I am a Melbourne-based artist and designer and I specialise in fashion, textiles, interiors, product and image making. I love to collaborate with fellow designers and brands on their product and create art for interior spaces.
What do you love most about indoor plants?
I love the sense of liveliness they bring. The fact we need to look after them and make them happy makes me happy!
How do indoor plants enhance your wellbeing?
I believe when you are responsible for someones’ wellbeing it instantly enhances your own wellbeing. Watering and giving the right amount of love and light to a plant naturally enhances my wellbeing. I enjoy a space that allows the outdoors in, and the fact something is living and breathing in my space brings me comfort. I know they love music and noise and grow according to sound as well as light and water, it intrigues me.
In what other ways do plants nurture you?
Greenery, forestry, bushland and beach scrub all give me a feeling and sense of wellbeing. A Space that speaks of life and joy, and greenery, that thrives on sunlight and water much like us humans certainly does nurture me. I think of how plants and forests survive without us, and really how lucky we are to be able to have them in our surroundings.
What's your favourite plant?
I recently bought an elephant ear plant, specifically because of the name, as a former 19- 25 year old I could watch elephants thriving in their natural habitat from my home in Mpumulanga at the Kruger National Park in South Africa. So Elephants are particularly special to me. This plant exudes confidence, grace and beauty. I also love Herbs, which I grow outdoors - yet all are very loved and special, no favourites here except perhaps rosemary, coriander, sage and parsley.
What do you find most difficult about plant care?
The hardest part is realising that in our home they get too much sunlight, whereas most indoor plants love a little shade. I move them around a lot. I care for them like they are family! I am not a routine person or worrier, more carefree and go with the flow, so my plants generally thrive because I do notice them when they are struggling and genuinely care for them.
Has taking care of plants taught you anything insightful?
Yes! I realise that my plants are to be nurtured by me, and I am very sentimental and love caring for things that making my plants happy can become consuming! (just like my goldfish). I think we are lucky to have indoor plants, and especially lucky to have beautifully designed homes for them like Ivy Muse create. I love the sense of life they can bring to a space, and I love the quote: “How lovely the silence of growing things”.
What's another wellbeing practice you swear by?
Oh not many I do tend to burn the candle at both ends! BUT, I am learning to do wellbeing better at the moment with daily walks on the beach with my two whippets and listening to some world music is a great wellbeing tool. Designing, art and creating imagery (my work) is a very big tool for my wellbeing, plus being out in nature, sunshine, garden and children, are all great tools to feel grounded and connected. Connection is the biggest element to wellbeing in my opinion.
Portraits by Richard Shaw