Being in Brabant and on total lockdown because of corona I decided to make a virtue of necessity. I’ve been wanting to write this blog for about 5 months, but now’s finally the time. Get ready for the Rockcap Fern design! The fairy tale beauty of the Hortus by Night autumn collection.
The Rockcap Fern design is based on the oilpainting Rockcap Fern I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the crawling rockcap ferns I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.
The Rockcap Fern design for me feels like the Hortus by Night design with the most enthralling contradiction between the shapes and the colours. While the shapes are alien-like tentacles which crawl over the fabric, reminiscent of an apocalyptic extraterrestrial race. The colours are soft, gentile pastels ranging from sweet lilac to soft pink. Maybe those aliens aren’t as maleficent as expected!
And like I said: it comes as a cashmere scarf. It’s soft, warm, luxurious and it’s the perfect accessory to colour up any outfit. You can were it around your neck, but just as easy wrap it around your shoulders or wear it as a headwrap.
The Rockcap Fern cushion shines on every couch. But I have to say I particularly like it on dark grey sofas. I haven’t seen it on black yet, though, that may cause me to change my mind. What do you think?
I’ve also ordered the Rockcap Fern design on organic cotton and turned it into one of kind table linens. It’s limited edition and handmade and it’s perfect for any fairy tale wedding dinner or extravagant party.
As you maybe know by now: Studio Glashelder designs matching jewellery for all of my designs. And the one she made for the Rockcap Fern totally on theme: a triangle shaped glass jewel filled with a galaxy of stars. It adds to the space-like feel of the design and adds a whole new world to explore.
The Giant Bamboo design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.
From painting to pattern
The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:
The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:
All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.
Today the spotlight is on the bestseller of this season: the Giant Bamboo design. This design represents America. In America everything is huge and so is the bamboo.
The blues in this design go from turquoise to aqua and from night blue to teal.
Giant Bamboo cashmere scarf
I was going to write something like ‘if blue is your favourite colour this is your go-to design’ and obviously it is to a bunch of people.
That’s the reason the scarfs are out of stock until January 2020 (I know, huge bummer). Even so it’s good to know you can wear it with cobalt, emerald and petrol, it all works! But you all knew that already of course 🙂
Icy conditions ahoy! I have been told it works perfectly with brown sofas but I’m also digging this one on dark grey.
Matching glass jewel by Studio Glashelder
The matching ring designed by Studio Glashelder has the perfect combo of black and blue. I particularly like its round-ish shape in contrast with the straight bamboo branches. Feels like a crescent bamboo moon.
The Fran Zone’s Hortus by Night Autumn Collection is all about colourful botanical patterns. It offers luxurious cashmere scarves, soft cushions, cotton fashion fabrics,custom made carpets and unique jewellery. The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection comes in five different designs:
The Fran Zone will donate €20,- for every sold scarf and €10,- for every sold cushion. This sponsorship is endorsed by de Hortus itself and gives you the opportunity to support de Hortus and their terrific work while at the same time treat yourself with a botanical inspired scarf or cushion.
The extra large cashmere scarves of the Hortus by Night Autumn Collections are your best friend this season. Wear them around your neck, as a cape, a turban, headwrap or with your favourite autumn coat.
Cashmere is woolen royalty. It is one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear directly on your skin. Cashmere is soft, supple and voluminous. On top of that it adjusts to the climate. When it’s cold cashmere will keep you warm. If you’re caught up in an unexpected warm autumn day cashmere will feel comfortably light.
Additional information and how to take care of your scarf:
The Hortus by Night scarves are 120x120cm, made of 90% modal and 10% cashmere wool. This combination of fabrics makes them super soft and supple.
The scarves are a perfect colourful addition to your autumn wardrobe.
Dry clean only. This will make sure your scarf will last a lifetime.
The Fran Zone loves ethical, slow fashion. Your scarf is sustainably printed on demand with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) ink.
UNIQUE RINGS BY STUDIO GLASHELDER
Studio Glashelder and The Fran Zone are working together again! Studio Glashelder has exclusively designed five new glass rings to go with the autumn scarves from the Hortus by Night Collection. These glass rings are unique, one of a kind, handmade and only available via The Fran Zone.
You can order the scarfs and the matching glass rings in my shop.
Additional information and how to take care of your glass jewels:
The glass rings are exclusively designed by Studio Glashelder to go with the scarves
All glass rings are unique and handmade
Glass stone is made with different colours of melted glass using the technique of glass fusing
The rings are size 17.5 and non adjustable
Ring is made of titanium steel
Glass jewellery can take a punch, but please do not toss it around
You can easily make your ring shine again by polishing it up with a dry cloth
SOFT CUSHIONS HORTUS BY NIGHT COLLECTION
The Hortus by Night cushion covers are made of soft, matte satin cotton. Together with the cosy designs they give your couch a warm and comfortable autumn look.
Combine different designs or choose one favourite and pair it with plain rust brown, forest green or night blue cushions.
The Hortus by Night carpet designs will transform your living room into an autumn forest in its prime. For you to enjoy the whimsical charms of autumn not only outside but also at home.
At TON Design everything is possible: round, rectangle, high pile, low pile, pure wool, syntetic fibre or something completely different. Check out all the different options on their website and choose what you like best.