Boccaccini Meadows, the nature artist
Sara is inspired by nature and the small details of her daily environment to create unique and eccentric illustrations.
As an illustrator and textile designer, she shapes a complex universe of plants, flowers, people and cities.
Ready for a timeless encounter? Learn more about her creative process below.
Hi Sara, can you tell me a little bit more about your background?
I grew up in the English countryside, my mother was a teacher and my father a fireman. They both loved the outdoors, so we spent a large part of our childhood travelling in the Alps or to Scotland for climbing and hiking. I often crave greenery and nature when I'm in a city, which I think stems from the fact that I spent a lot of time outdoors as a child. I love taking my own daughter for a walk now!
What event in your life might have revealed your soul as an artist to you?
After giving birth to my daughter 6 years ago, I spent many evenings painting to relax. I really felt it was an outlet during a rather stressful time. This was the beginning of my journey as an illustrator.
You are originally from the rolling hills of the Peak District in England and currently live in Brooklyn. Your works breathe nature and freshness. Are your childhood memories that nourish your work today?
I still draw a lot of inspiration from the Peak District and I am fortunate enough to isolate myself here during the Corona pandemic. I enjoy walks on the cool moors and wild swimming in the local ponds. This area really gives me a sense of freedom. My memories of climbing, hiking and mountain biking are definitely feeding my current work.
The colors you use are very diluted, especially through the use of watercolor. I almost feel a light breeze touching my face when I look at your works.
Is this choice of material a way to play the card of transparency?
I have always loved a palette of soft, muted colors inspired by the natural world. It's not really a conscious decision and it seems to come naturally to me.
You create many unique and eccentric prints for different supports: textile, wallpaper, cups, notebooks ... Is it important for you to have a diversity of projects?
I like the variety of projects that come with my work and it allows me to stay alert to take on new challenges and new directions. Last month I painted a mural in a brewery and this month I am starting a huge book project!
Being an artist is a difficult career choice, full of pitfalls What can stop you from living from your passion?
Juggling finances and not always knowing if you have money to pay the rent can be confusing. I've always tried to work freelance, even if it's only a few days a week, but this year I will be working full-time on my illustration projects. The excitement is real.
What are your models or inspirations?
I love adventures and the outdoors, so finding a cross between art and nature always inspires me. Some artists I admire: Georgia O'keefe, Frida Kahlo, Hilma AF Klint.
Is there an artist in Brooklyn that we should definitely know?
I love Shantell Martin's work and I always smile when I see his work in Brooklyn.
Interview by Garance Delabriere