green·house | \ ˈgrēn-ˌhau̇s \noun
a building with a roof and sides made of glass, used for growing plants that need warmth and protection:
January 17, 2020
Today, we officially launch a new project that has been simmering in our minds for quite some time. If you know our work, then you know how often our calendars and cards are directly inspired by the nature we find outside of our home. Back in 2014 when we released our first collaboration with a florist named Sarah Ryhanen, we realized that we are also inspired by a more curated version of nature: the bits of nature that we (and others) choose to bring inside our homes.
Whether you live in the bustling heart of New York City, or in the middle of a quiet forest on a different continent, our guess is that you can find a living plant somewhere in your line of sight. Just for fun, let’s go through a simple thought exercise about the last floral arrangement you had in your house:
Was it from plants and flowers that you grew or cut?
Were they colorful, vibrant or muted?
Were they in a special vase passed down from another generation or an old bottle that was saved from the recycle bin?
Do you know where the plants came from or even what the name of the variety was?
How did they make you feel each time you spotted them keeping you company?
Pretty amazing, huh?! A simple, extra ordinary living organism that shares a living space with you is just full of inspiration and beauty - if only we stop, pause, and acknowledge what’s often right in front of our eyes it can lead us to wonder more about the world beyond us.
As gardeners and lovers of the natural world, plants are one of our favorite examples of the thumbprints of the beauty, magic, and grace sprinkled all around. And where there is grace, there is always a STORY. This project was born from the desire to collect, to create, and ultimately, to share the life and stories behind the elegant, cheerful, quirky or sometimes decaying plants and flowers in our homes. Every month this year, we will use one of your images of the plant life around you to create a limited edition letterpress print - forever preserving on paper the memory and sentiments of your plant, your story.
We hope you will follow along and take part in this project by using #bppgreenhouse on Instagram as we connect with each other in small but important ways. Each month we will create a brand new print based off of an image shared by someone that uses the #bppgreenhouse, and if chosen we will the name the print after you and mail you one for free.
Megan and Katherine