DATE PALM DESIGN

As I wrote earlier: being on total lockdown because of corona gave me inspiration to finally write this blog about my Date Palm design. This design, part of the Hortus by Night autumn collection, has the most summery feel of them all. It’s like a transition design between the Majorelle summer collection and the autumn collection. So let’s take a look at it!

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From painting to pattern

The Date Palm design is based on the oilpainting Date Palm I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the majestic palms I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

Like I said the Date Palm design feels to me like a transition design between my summer Majorelle Collection and my autumn Hortus by Night collection. It captures an Indian summer feel with saturated colours like pink, green and blue. The shapes in the pattern remind me of my time in Africa, which was my main inspiration for the Majorelle Collection.

So in many ways this design transfers my love of exotic summer vibes to my love of autumn colours and feels. The different shades seen in this picture gradually develop themselves in the other designs of the Hortus by Night collection, to become more autumn-y. Bright Date Palm blue becomes a grey blue in the Giant Bamboo design. The soft green becomes a moss green in the Silver Fir design and the vibrant pink becomes an autumn leaf magenta-red colour in the Arum Lily design.

date palm painting the fran zone 2019
date palm design the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Date Palm cashmere scarf

The Date Palm cashmere scarf is the perfect scarf for anyone who loves to pair blue with shades of green. Because it adds that little something special by those touches of pink and purple. As you can see it’s a real show stopper worn as head wrap. But of course it also shines around your shoulders! I love to wear bright shades of pink lipstick with this scarf and defy the autumn chills just a little longer. Still available in my shop!

You can order it now in my online store >

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date palm design cashmere scarf the fran zone

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Date Palm cushion

Don’t you think this cushion is a stunner? It works well on every couch I’ve seen it on so far: light grey, dark grey, dark blue, black and brown. Because of it’s bright energy it’s a real crowd pleaser. Adding some colour to your living room has never been easier! It’s still available.

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date palm cushion the fran zone satin cover hortus by night collection on a dark grey couch

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Limited edition table linens

This handmade limited edition Date Palm table linens are the perfect decor for your Indian summer dinner party. Enjoy it with friends and revel in the sweet treats of late summer and early autumn. Still available in my online shop.

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fairy tale wedding party dinner table linens date palm design the fran zone

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Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

The glass jewel Studio Glashelder designed to go with the Date Palm scarf is by far my favourite of the season. It features a large emerald green glass jewel with inside of it a darker greenish black stripe of glass. On top there’s a small streak of soft lilac to add some colour. It’s the perfect balance between rough beauty and sophisticated elegance. And it’s still available!

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glass jewellery by studio glashelder large green glass jewel with lilac stripe on top of it
ring bij herfstcollectie cashmere sjaals the fran zone studio glashelder

ROCKCAP FERN DESIGN

Being in Brabant and on total lockdown because of corona I decided to make a virtue of necessity. I’ve been wanting to write this blog for about 5 months, but now’s finally the time. Get ready for the Rockcap Fern design! The fairy tale beauty of the Hortus by Night autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

From painting to pattern

The Rockcap Fern design is based on the oilpainting Rockcap Fern I painted January-May 2019. I used oil paints and ink and tried to capture the crawling rockcap ferns I encountered during the Hortus by Night. To create the design I mirrored my painting and scaled it on scarfs, cushions and larger fabric which I made into table linens.

The Rockcap Fern design for me feels like the Hortus by Night design with the most enthralling contradiction between the shapes and the colours. While the shapes are alien-like tentacles which crawl over the fabric, reminiscent of an apocalyptic extraterrestrial race. The colours are soft, gentile pastels ranging from sweet lilac to soft pink. Maybe those aliens aren’t as maleficent as expected!

rockcap fern painting the fran zone 2019
rockcap fern design dessin the fran zone herfstcollectie 2019 hortus by night

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Rockcap Fern cashmere scarf

And like I said: it comes as a cashmere scarf. It’s soft, warm, luxurious and it’s the perfect accessory to colour up any outfit. You can were it around your neck, but just as easy wrap it around your shoulders or wear it as a headwrap.

Order it now in my online shop.

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Rockcap Fern cushion

The Rockcap Fern cushion shines on every couch. But I have to say I particularly like it on dark grey sofas. I haven’t seen it on black yet, though, that may cause me to change my mind. What do you think?

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You might also like: Silver Fir Design – it does autumn as well as it does Christmas

Limited edition table linens

I’ve also ordered the Rockcap Fern design on organic cotton and turned it into one of kind table linens. It’s limited edition and handmade and it’s perfect for any fairy tale wedding dinner or extravagant party.

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Matching jewellery by Studio Glashelder

As you maybe know by now: Studio Glashelder designs matching jewellery for all of my designs. And the one she made for the Rockcap Fern totally on theme: a triangle shaped glass jewel filled with a galaxy of stars. It adds to the space-like feel of the design and adds a whole new world to explore.

You can order it in my online shop >

NEW PAPER PRODUCTS!

I am stoked to share the new paper products with my art printed on them!

You can now send colourful postcards printed with the Majorelle art.

Or send someone special a classy greeting card with your favourite Majorelle artwork.

And the Hortus by Night paintings have become part of an artsy birthday calendar. Classic case of combining the useful with the beautiful.

Check out my new Products page where you can browse through all available pretty paper products!

NEW PAPER PRODUCTS FOR 2020

I don’t know about you but I am a total sucker for artsy greeting cards and postcards. Especially when they come beautifully wrapped. So when 20198 drew to a close I wondered why I hadn’t explored the idea of paper products further… I couldn’t come up with any reasons so I started designing them right away!

They fit perfectly in my affordable art line. They are available as sets and as individual postcards or greeting cards printed with the Majorelle artworks. Happy mail for everyone!

The birthday calendar is printed with all the Hortus by Night artworks. The calendar is A3 and is printed on ‘frame-able’ paper quality. So if you ever get tired of the calendar you can totally frame the artworks. (But have to say that’s a big if 🙂 ).

All new paper products are listed in my online store. I hope they will bring you joy!

PRODUCT INFORMATION

The postcards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artworks and as individual postcards. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a manilla envelop with string washer. The postcards are A6 size (105x148mm).

The greeting cards are available in sets of 2 x 5 Majorelle artwork greeting cards with envelopes and as individual greeting cards with envelope. The sets are beautifully wrapped in a stout manilla envelop with string washer. The greeting cards are A6 size (105x148mm) and are blank inside.

The birthday calendar features the 12 Hortus by Night artworks. The cover features the Silver Fir painting. It is printed on A3 high quality paper. Which means the artworks are frame-able if you wish to do so after using the calendar.

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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GIANT BAMBOO DESIGN

The Giant Bamboo design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

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From painting to pattern

giant bamboo painting the fran zone 2019

Today the spotlight is on the bestseller of this season: the Giant Bamboo design. This design represents America. In America everything is huge and so is the bamboo.

The blues in this design go from turquoise to aqua and from night blue to teal.

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Giant Bamboo cashmere scarf

hortus by night collectie herfst cashmere sjaal the fran zone

I was going to write something like ‘if blue is your favourite colour this is your go-to design’ and obviously it is to a bunch of people.

That’s the reason the scarfs are out of stock until January 2020 (I know, huge bummer).
Even so it’s good to know you can wear it with cobalt, emerald and petrol, it all works! But you all knew that already of course 🙂

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Giant Bamboo satin cushion

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Icy conditions ahoy! I have been told it works perfectly with brown sofas but I’m also digging this one on dark grey.

Matching glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

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The matching ring designed by Studio Glashelder has the perfect combo of black and blue. I particularly like its round-ish shape in contrast with the straight bamboo branches. Feels like a crescent bamboo moon.

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ARUM LILY DESIGN

The Arum Lily design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

From painting to pattern

arum lily painting the fran zone 2019

The Arum Lily design represents Europe. It’s a water plant found in ponds and other shallow waters. Maybe a bit weird to find the only water plant in the collection seemingly on fire in the painting. But hey, in art everything is allowed 🙂

This design has the most autumn forest feel of all the five Hortus by Night designs with all its yellows, oranges and browns. It’s like taking a stroll through the fallen leaves the one even brighter than the other. So autumn party vibes on!

arum lily pattern the fran zone autumn 2019 hortus by night collection

Arum Lily cashmere scarf

The Arum Lily scarf looks lit with other autumn colours like olive green, ochre and all shades of brown and orange. It’s outside adventure at its most colourful.

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Arum Lily satin cushions

The Arum Lily cushion turns your couch into a small autumn forest. It goes very well with grey and black furniture. But it also pops on dark red, cognac and brown sofas!

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satin cushion arum lily autumn 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Exclusive glass jewel by Studio Glashelder

Studio Glashelder has outdone herself with this beauty of a glass jewel. It is exclusively designed to go with the scarf. It features bronze, orange, gold and brown sparkles. Since I’ve uploaded it to my shop it has been favoured by many, so be sure to check it out!

glass jewel by studio glashelder

SILVER FIR DESIGN

The Silver Fir design is part of the Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection. ‘Hortus by Night’ is an annual event at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam which I visited in January 2019. All trees and plants were illuminated by hundreds of lights in different magical colours.

From painting to pattern

The whole experience was so inspiring that I had enough ideas to paint a total of twelve paintings. These paintings became the patterns with which I have created two different collections:

The Hortus by Night 2019 Autumn collection consist of five different designs:

All five Hortus by Night designs represent a different continent. Just like a botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world. I wanted to represent all continents in this autumn collection.

You might also like: The Hortus by Night Autumn Collection

Silver Fir design

silver fir painting the fran zone 2019

The Silver Fir design represents Asia, but you will find firs all over the world. And firs are typical Christmas trees. And although this is definitely an autumn painting and pattern it also reminds me of a Christmas tree full of lights in different colours.

So if you’re into Christmas and love the art of decorating, giving presents or dressing up for your Christmas dinner, then this is definitely your go-to design.

silver fir design 2019 the fran zone hortus by night collection

Silver Fir cashmere scarf

The scarf looks lit with purple, lime and coral. It’s sparkling energy at its best!

And if you’re into wearing black for the holidays it’s a total winner to add to your outfit. Just put on some shiny lipstick and you’re good to go!

Order now please note: due to high demand the Silver Fir scarf is currently out of stock. It will be available again in January 2020.

Silver Fir satin cushions

Just think of this one underneath the Christmas tree. Do I need to say more. I didn’t think so 😉

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But, if you happen to be a notorious Christmas hater (because of reasons): don’t you worry!
 
Because like I said: Silver Fir does autumn as well as it does Christmas. The design will just adjust to your liking! And on top of that you will support the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam by building their new Three Climate Glasshouse. Learn more