About Shyama Ruffell
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“A cocktail of William Morris, Mackintosh and Rousseau in an English meadow, with a splash of Klimt and a squeeze of Jungle book.”
Jungles and exotic plant shapes capture me. My own eclectic garden has developed with a mixture of Banana plants,Tree ferns jostling for space next to Daises, St Johns Wort, Rhubarb, Palms,Yuccas and a huge Fatsia Japonica ( Castor oil plant ). From tall and tropical too small and delicate all intertwined along together in true jungle fashion. They sit beside delicate the seasonal Marigolds and Dandelions, Poppy seed heads and Cow parsley’s, more typical of English country meadows.
Pattern is a constant for me its the connection with all of my work. Its like following a track or a trail. It’s an inclusive thread through nature from the exquisite and delicate markings on butterfly wings and insects to all forms of botanicals with their infinite variations.
I work in my garden studio amongst my own little urban jungle. My garden has little to no rules. Its survival of the fittest with nature taking its course, exhibiting and inspiring me with its unique uncultured ever changing displays.