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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HORTUS BY NIGHT AUTUMN COLLECTION

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:

These five designs are based on five paintings painted by The Fran:

The paintings are inspired by the Hortus by Night in de Hortus in Amsterdam in 2019:

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SPONSORSHIP DE HORTUS AMSTERDAM

Botanical gardens are The Fran Zone’s number one source of inspiration. And that’s why I have come up with a sponsorship of de Hortus in Amsterdam. When you buy a scarf or cushion from the new Hortus by Night Collection you will support the building of the new Three Climate Glasshouse in de Hortus.

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.

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CASHMERE SCARVES HORTUS BY NIGHT COLLECTION

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.

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You can order your cashmere scarf in the shop.

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.
  • Warm iron.
  • 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.

You can order your favourite cushion in my shop.

Additional information and how to take care of your cushion:

  • The Hortus by Night cushion covers are made of soft, matte 100% satin cotton.
  • Cushion covers including a cushion filling. So you can enjoy them immediately.
  • Perfect colourful addition to your urban jungle interior.
  • The cushion covers are 40x60cm and close with a zipper.
  • Wash on 40 degrees C. Do not tumble dry, do not bleech. Do not dry in direct sunlight.
  • The cushion covers are sustainably printed on demand using GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) ink.

Shop the whole collection in my shop.

CUSTOM MADE CARPETS

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.