By Ruth Slavid
Artist Sophie Mason occupies an unusual space, between drawing and gardening. The drawings shown here charmingly illustrate her interest in medicinal herbs, looking at possible uses for the weeds and garden plants that are found in London. But she also gets her hands dirty, literally, as she is active in community gardening.
She says, ‘Nearly every plant has a long history of folklore and functionality, a tangled bank of green becomes a library of information around ecology, history and other cultures. Through story and play these plants can create deeper levels of care for our environment and the communities around us’.
Sophie is currently working on a project with an architect and landscape architect which should bring an impressive edible garden to a central London location.