ABOUT BABES AND BOTANICALS
I’m Polly, a Queer, Feminist Artist! (She/Her). Born and raised in Yorkshire living in London
I moved to London to do my BA(hons) Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art.
I make handmade, limited edition, Lino prints with an eco friendly conscience. Bringing you botanical portraits of babes living their best lives. Celebrating and uplifting under-represented bodies. Helping you feel represented and empowered.
I run Life Drawing and Lino printing classes and workshops, predominantly in Queer spaces.
Lino prints: are a relief style of printing. The print is created by carving a design into a Lino block, rolling ink onto the block and pressing it onto paper. The Lino block can be used multiple times to create a series of prints.
Digital prints: Digitally draw in procreate on my iPad and printed.
During lockdown I started taking inclusive, body positive, life drawing classes via zoom. These gave me a much needed escapism from the pandemic and helped with my own body image issues. Alongside these classes, I started making Lino prints, inspired by my life drawings and love of plants. And so Babes and Botanicals was born.
Life drawing has been shown to have positive effects on mental health and body confidence. I have taken the opportunity to run my own classes and workshops, aiming to use a diverse and inclusive range of models. I recommend to anyone in need of a creative outlet, who struggles with the way they feel about their body to take a class!
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Ethos, hopes and dreams?
Babes and Botanicals is an intersectional, queer, feminist space. Supporting equality and social justice.
The oppression of living in a marginalised body has had a significant effect on my mental and physical health and I aim to create work and run workshops that helps others living in these bodies through increasing positive representation.
Looking after the environment is important to me and I strive to use eco friendly/recycled/recyclable materials and packaging.
In the future I’m looking to expand my art practice, run exhibitions, life drawing classes and workshops.
Building a supportive community of fabulous babes.
Collaborations and Commissions?
I am open to collaborations, please get in touch with you ideas, I’d love to hear them.
A portion of my profits are donated to Black Minds Matter UK. A charity whose mission is to connect Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health. I hope to donate more and to other charities as the business grows.
Please look through my store to find the perfect print.
Got a question for me? Get in touch and I will happily help you.