We only protect what we value

Images are powerful. Not only do the images that surround us influence our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, they are also a statement of what we value - as individuals and as a society.

As we only protect what we value, the Bryony&Bloom focus is on creating works of art that help to (re)connect the viewer with wild, natural landscapes and the biodiversity we’re rapidly loosing.

The hope is that, by bringing the viewer closer to the beautiful and rich intricacies of plant life, and by increasingly do so in the public realm, interaction with these images might help to strengthen feelings of awe and wonder and maybe, just maybe, the desire to protect.

Plants were here first

Our living and working environments are so important to our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, for those of us living in cities, we’re online and plugged in around the clock, bombarded every moment of the waking day with advertising, flashing lights, calls to action, traffic chaos and record levels of pollution, rushing through manmade landscapes of concrete, glass and brick to get somewhere, to buy, to sell, to buy again. This lifestyle is stressful, exhausting and not only damaging for our own health but also damaging our communities and the natural environment.

That’s why each public mural includes this simple statement of fact: plants were here before us.

It’s a gentle reminder of our place in this world, encouraging a moment of quiet reflection in amongst the chaos to consider the bigger picture. Plant life happily occupied oceans and land for thousands of millions of years before humans arrived, and the botanical diversity that has evolved underpins most of life on Earth. As the relatively new kids on the block, what role do we want to play? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the busyness of urban living but as we depend on plants in almost all areas of our lives there is real value in pausing to consider this question of time. It’s about respecting our elders.

Artists cannot help themselves; they are driven to create by their nature, but for that nature to truly thrive, we need to preserve the precious habitat in which that beauty can flourish.
— William Morris

‘bloom where you’re planted’

This motto provided the inspiration for the company name. Although it’s often attributed to religious texts, with regards to the Bryony&Bloom ethos it is taken literally. It’s about the resilience of plants; victorious weeds growing through concrete, tangled vines taking over abandoned buildings, hardy lichen surviving - thriving! - in toxic environments.

The motto has informed thinking about where Bryony&Bloom murals are located, too. Unexpected and unusual mural locations are particularly exciting, spaces that perhaps feel unloved or unwelcoming and are crying out for an injection of colour. Giving the time to create a site-specific work of art in such spaces is a clear statement of worth and respect to those who live, work or play in that environment.