Insider: The Plant Journal

by Stine Fantoft Berg in August 2016
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Bringing together photographers, illustrators, designers, musicians, writers and visual artists, The Plant Journal publishes personal stories and artistic renderings of the plant world.

Featuring a hazy cover shot by Yoshinori Mizutani, the ninth issue of The Plant comes as a celebration of summer. We caught up with art director Carol Montpart to learn about the making of the magazine.


In the making of this issue we…

Summer, the perfect season to celebrate life. This issue’s plant monograph is dedicated to the humble yet compelling geranium. It’s an issue full of flowers, featuring Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx, illustrator Tomi Ungerer, artistic duo Scheltens & Abbenes, Antwerp-based florist Mark Colle and many more.

Designer @antoniarola_ shares with us his seed-pod collection. This is a making off shot by photographer @cokebartrina who captured the story. 'Seeds are the perfect embodiment of function in form – each shape reveals a new aspect of the rich variety of functional strategies that plants use to propel germination' #theplantmagazine #theplant #seed #seedpod #antoniarola #cokebartrina

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Inside the issue Spanish designer Antoni Arola details his passion for seeds, we experience a world without plants with photographer Kuba Ryniewicz, and explore Cornwall’s seaweed life and the lush of Jamaica with Mark Borthwick.

Joe and Caro from @cornishseaweed captured playing with their daughter Marna ('Star of the Sea') in Falmouth. Pic by @emli_b

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‘A Rebours’ by Joris-Karl Huysmans


Roasted pork trotters with prawns at Santa Gula, one of our favourite restaurants in Barcelona.

In this issue @briankanagaki explores the beauty of the bouquet with interesting techniques in 'Nature Morte aux Fleurs' honouring still life paintings.

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Got sidetracked by

Argued about
How to get the content in time!

Music Cuts. We commission photographer Frederik Vercruysse with stylist Clarisse Demory and flower grandmaster Mark Colle, for a series of bouquets in which they honor six deceased pop cultural icons in bespoke arrangements. This one honours David Bowie! #theplantmagazine #theplant #markcolle #davidbowie #fredericverycrusse #clarissedemory

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“Don’t hope, cope”

Went to
West Ireland to meet artist Tomi Ungerer and spent a weekend with his family in an extraordinary corner of the world

The sun is out in London and we have a magazine to present with drinks and flowers. Join us tonight at @momosanshop from 6.30pm onwards if you want to know more about the new issue and check out Tomi Ungerer's story written by @livsiddall and documented by photographer @_carlosjimenez_ … see you there! #theplant #theplantmagazine #wormlondon #tomiungerer #carlosjimenez

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Were excited about
Having artist Yoshinori Mizutani in this issue.

Still printing today – a bit more of issue 9 with Schetlens & Abbenes, Yoshinori Mizutani, Formafantasma, Antoni Arola, Mark Colle and many more! #theplantmagazine #theplant #theplantjournal

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Were surprised that
One of us is expecting a baby.

Couldn’t stop laughing at
How simple we thought the paper weights DIY process would be. (It wasn’t!)

Coke Bartrina teaches us how to make paper-weights with dandelions in issue 9 – easy peasy! #theplantmagazine #theplant #paperweights #dandelion #cokebartrina

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And everyone should buy a copy because
This issue brings you happiness and positive vibes, which is exactly what we all need right now.

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