HORTUS MAGAZINE X THE FRAN ZONE

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. And I wish you a very happy, creative, and colourful 2020! My holiday started the best way imaginable when I found the Hortus Magazine in my mailbox with my very first editorial!

The Hortus Magazine is only printed for friends of the Hortus. But I got you covered! You can read the article here in English (scroll down for Dutch version).

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hortus magazine 2019 the fran zone editorial

Hortus Magazine editorial

Our garden is an inspiration to many of our visitors. We are of course very proud of that. Last fall Francine Orsel surprised us. She created something beautiful and wanted to give the Hortus something back. Read her story here:

“I am Francine Orsel, or The Fran. I paint and draw energetic, organic patterns and print them on scarves, pillows and fabrics. This way I create a colorful, relaxed, botanical universe. My most important source of inspiration are botanical gardens worldwide. Visiting a botanical garden has been a constant in my vacations for years. Through the years I was lucky enough to visit the gardens in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlin, Caen, Marrakesh and Barcelona.

It may sound like an exaggeration, but my ideal world is a botanical garden. Where every plant, every tree gets the perfect amount of space and attention to become the best version of itself. Where it can grow in good soil. And where the growth and flowering of one does not stand in the way of the other. That is what I wish for people – and women in particular: to grow into the best version of yourself. Are you a rhododendron? Then don’t be pruned back to a narrow back garden variant, but take up your space just like the rhododendrons in Logan and bloom all the way!

My colorful scarves and pillows with botanical patterns are like an invitation: take good care of yourself. Treat yourself on a place that suits you and surround yourself with the relaxed atmosphere of botanical colors and shapes. The Hortus by Night scarves also add the fairy-tale-like aspect of mysteriously lit plants and trees. To remind every woman: in a different light there are so many beautiful things to discover!

Hortus by Night winter collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsorship

Last winter’s Hortus by Night gave me a lot of inspiration for my work. Within three months of my visit my art studio was filled with twelve new paintings. These paintings are the basis of the scarf and pillow designs from my fall / winter collection.

I am very fond of the Hortus. It is the first botanical garden that I have ever visited and old love is not forgotten. So when I read about the renovation of the Three-climate greenhouse, I wanted to contribute to that. That is why I came up with a sponsor campaign: for every Hortus by Night scarf sold, I donate 20 euros to the Three-climate greenhouse. I donate 10 euros for each Hortus by Night cushion sold.”

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Become a friend yourself

If you are a botanical garden lover like me, you can become a friend of the Hortus. Or of another botanical garden near you for that matter. Supporting them is a great way to uphold botanical diversity and education about the world of nature.

Or you can order a Hortus by Night scarf or cushion. Check out the autumn collection and the winter collection.

Hortus Magazine artikel Nederlands

Regelmatig laten bezoekers ons weten hoe geïnspireerd ze raken door onze tuin en collectie. Uiteraard zijn wij apetrots als we dat horen. In het najaar van 2019 werden we verrast door Francine Orsel, die de Hortus iets moois wilde teruggeven. Ze vertel zelf haar verhaal.

Ik ben Francine Orsel, oftewel The Fran. Ik schilder en teken energieke, organische patronen die ik laat printen op sjaals, kussens en stoffen. Op die manier creëer ik een kleurrijk, ontspannen, botanisch universum.

Mijn belangrijkste inspiratiebron zijn botanische tuinen wereldwijd. Het is al jaren vaste prik; als we ergens op vakantie zijn en er is een botanische tuin in de buurt, dan moet en zal ik die bezoeken. Zo heb ik al het geluk gehad de tuinen in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Logan, Berlijn, Caen, Marrakesh en Barcelona te kunnen bekijken.

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Mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin

Het klinkt misschien overdreven, maar mijn ideale wereld is een botanische tuin. Waar elke plant, elke boom de ruimte en aandacht krijgt om de beste versie van zichzelf te worden. Om te groeien in goede grond. En waar de groei en bloei van de één die van de ander niet in de weg staat. Dat is wat ik mensen – en vrouwen in het bijzonder – ook toewens. Om te groeien tot de beste versie van jezelf. Ben je een rhododendron? Laat je dan niet terugsnoeien naar een smalle achtertuinvariant, maar neem net als de rhododendrons in Logan je ruimte in en bloei tot grote hoogte!

Mijn kleurrijke sjaals (maar ook de kussens) met botanische patronen zijn daarvoor de uitnodiging: zorg goed voor jezelf, trakteer jezelf op een plek waar jij tot je recht komt en omring jezelf met de ontspannen sfeer van botanische kleuren en vormen. De Hortus by Night sjaals voegen daar nog het sprookjesachtige aspect van mysterieus verlichte planten en bomen aan toe. Om iedere vrouw eraan te herinneren: in een ander licht zijn er zoveel mooie dingen te ontdekken!

hortus by night autumn collection 2019 the fran zone

Sponsoractie

De Hortus by Night van afgelopen winter heeft mij enorm veel inspiratie opgeleverd voor mijn werk: binnen drie maanden na het bezoek stonden er twaalf schilderijen te drogen. Die schilderijen zijn de basis van de sjaal- en kussensdessins van mijn herfst/winter-collectie.

Het moge duidelijk zijn: ik draag de Hortus een heel warm hart toe. Het is de eerste botanische tuin die ik ooit bezocht en oude liefde roest niet. Dus toen ik las over de vernieuwing van de Drieklimatenkas wilde ik daar graag aan bijdragen. Daarom heb ik een sponsoractie bedacht: van elke verkochte Hortus by Night-sjaal doneer ik 20 euro aan de Drieklimatenkas. Van elk verkocht Hortus by Night-kussen doneer ik 10 euro.

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CHRISTMAS THANK YOU

Just because I am so very happy for you being here and following my journey I decided to write something of a Christmas thank you to all of you. Below you will find a small but special Christmas present that I have made for you.

Thank you for appreciating my art.

Thank you for commenting on my blogs and pictures.

Thank you for following me here or elsewhere online.

Thank you for making my art part of your life.

Thank you for supporting me.

Thank you for showing up at events, in real life, in heart warming comments and likes.

Thank you for inspiring me to be brave and continue to share my art.

Thank you for being here. My 2019 was the better for it.

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francine orsel the fran 2019 christmas thank you

MINERAL ARTWORK CHRISTMAS DOWNLOAD

To thank you I have made a free Christmas download from one of my recent mineral artworks. It’s high resolution so you’ll be able to print it and it’ll look like the real thing! Download here.

Minerals stand for grounding. For a steady foundation on which you’ll be able to build all your endeavors in the new year. And that’s what I wish for you. A firm base from which you will be able to explore new ways, new creative outings and adventures.

PRINTING THE CHRISTMAS THANK YOU ARTWORK

If you’d like to print the Christmas artwork I have made for you, please note that I’ve made it high resolution. (So called 150DPI if you’re an image pro). The original artwork is 12.5 x 21 cm. So if you are going to print it it will not cover the entire A4 page and that’s okay.

I made it for you to print and hang on your wall. Or to print and gift as a Christmas present to a very special friend. You could choose to print it on professional art paper to get the real thing going for you. I’d even encourage you to make it into a greeting card and send it to someone you love. The only thing I ask you not to do is to print it and then sell it.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: THE REAL REASON

Last month I decided to switched from Dutch to English in all Fran Zone-communication. I didn’t know exactly why I wanted to switch to English. But by now I’ve learned to just go with my gut. And find out the real reason later. Well, I’ve just found out the real reason!

SCOTLAND BASED ARTIST

In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017
In Bettyhill on my birthday 23 October 2017. We travelled the North Coast 500 route.

My ultimate dream is to be a Scotland based artist. To live somewhere in the northwestern Highlands or on the Isle of Skye. Although I may not be very vocal about this, it is a very real dream and seriously close to my heart. And this week it finally hit me: that’s the real reason I wanted to switch to English!

I am not living in Scotland yet. I am not painting and creating in Scotland yet. But I might as well talk and write as if I am in Scotland. Because right now it’s actually the only way I am able to show that dream to the outside world: by talking about it. Writing about it. Sharing my dream. The more people are aware of our dream (because it’s not just me, Bob also longs to live in Scotland) the more possibilities there will be eventually.

the real reason for my switch to English: my favourite place on earth: the walled garden of applecross
My favourite place on earth also just happens to be in Scotland: the walled garden of Applecross

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

Three years ago in 2016 when Bob and I just met we started dating to get to know each other better. On our first date we went for drinks. And it was during that first cup of coffee together that he very casually said: ‘I’d love to live in Scotland one day.’ And I was like ‘What? You don’t say!’

Back in 2014 I went to Scotland for the very first time. I was asked by my brother to accompany him on an autumn trip to Aberdeen. He was just dumped by his Scottish girlfriend who studied in Aberdeen but he had already bought a ticket to visit her. And I was like: awesome! But I don’t want to spend a whole week in Aberdeen, let’s rent a car and go on a Scotland road trip!

And during that road trip my life sort of changed. Yeah I know it sounds awfully cliche and cheesy, but it just did. I saw mountains for the very first time. And raw untouched wild nature. And I don’t know but something just shifted. As we were cruising through the Glen Coe I felt more at home then I had ever felt. I was like: this is it. This is my homeland.

At Loch Ness during our road trip through Scotland in 2014. switch to english
Me at Loch Ness during the Scotland road trip with my brother back in 2014.

SWITCH TO ENGLISH: A SHARED DREAM

So there I was, sipping my coffee on that first date with Bob. And suddenly the man says he wants to live in Scotland one day. I think it was that moment that I decided it would be a very good idea to fall madly in love with him. As did he. And the rest is history 🙂 We fell in love, we got together, we got married. And with every step we took, we had this one shared dream that we took with us: one day we will live in Scotland.

Cup of coffee in Torridon switch to english
Cup of coffee in Torridon 2017

So there you have it. The real reason I switched to English. And the real reason I started my own creative business as well. Because to be able to build a life in Scotland I needed a way of making a living for myself. Regardless my location.

the first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018
the real reason from my switch to English
The first cup of coffee during our honeymoon on the Isle of Skye 2018

‘I DON’T LIKE THE SWITCH TO ENGLISH’

What if you don’t like the switch to English? I got some good news for you: I will also keep blogging in Dutch. And my personal art insta channel will stay in Dutch as well!

Furthermore I feel like the majority of my art and work is mostly visual. It is made for you to see, to feel and to experience. So it has nothing to do with a particular language. My art speaks it’s own language. I really believe you can enjoy and appreciate my art even if you don’t understand a word of what I’m saying. If I wanted to speak to you through words I’d have become a writer. But I became an artist. My artworks are my words.

Love you, talk to you later! About why Scotland is my homeland for instance 🙂

Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye
Mallaig seen from the Isle of Skye, 2018.