Jane works closely with her partner, photographer John Cowie, in Surbiton. She presses wildflowers until they are dry and become translucent. The flowers are pressed between blotting paper in a press or between heavy books – the books are the best method as they give a constant weight. Much of the art is in the pressing – small fine flowers such as geranium and primrose can dry within three weeks whereas larger plants such as Passiflora can take up to three months. The dried specimens are then arranged and photographed on a light-box, sometimes at high magnification.
Last summer House and Garden and Gardens Illustrated wrote articles about the work.
Jane hopes the images that show the skeletal structure of flowers will help motivate concern for loss of wild plant habitats. £1 from the sale of each print is donated to Fauna & Flora International.