Art + Nature: The Flora Forager
Written by: Allison Swan
Bridget Beth Collins is known as the Flora Forager. She creates masterpieces from foliage and flowers collected from nature and paints with petals.
Bridget is inspired to show people that there is truly magic in the natural world. She forages in gardens, woods, and along the street to create her beautiful masterpieces.
She starts by walking through her garden to see if anything strikes her, picking up certain flowers and dreaming of what she could turn them into.
Next, she takes a plain white piece of paper as her canvas and then arranges her flowers. She's famous for making mandalas, which are spiritual and ritual circles representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist religions.
Create your own by taking your favorite flower and place it in the center of a piece paper. Then, radiate smaller flowers around the center flower like the spokes of a wheel. Bridget says you'll known when you're finished because it will feel right. Lastly, take a photo of your creation and blow it all away.
Bridget likes that her artwork isn't permanent -- she loves the bright colors and the life inside the flowers.
The next time you have a bouquet of flowers that are falling apart, or if you're in your garden or in the woods and see something that inspires you, instead of just looking at it for what it is, look at it for what it could be and find your inner Flora Forager.
To see more of Bridget’s artwork, visit floraforager.com.