Angie was not always strongly connected to the natural world. For years Angie lived in north London as an illustrator. When she and her husband decided to buy a holiday cottage on the coast road in Norfolk, everything changed. The clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast inspired Angie to return to print making, a discipline she had studied in graduate school. Angie had previously studied garden design in her thirties, but found it took the joy out of gardening. But it did open her eyes to plants. "I became fascinated by the structure of plants," says Angie, "especially those that were about to flower or had flowered already."
Her style is recognizable: the colors are a retro palette, and the arrangement is a mix of arts and crafts and mid-century modern. But her eye for horticultural detail elevates her designs. In her prints, you can feel the connection between plant and place, and its this element that makes her work strikingly original. You get a sense from her work that if you see the plant well enough, you will know the larger landscape. Though nature is abstracted, the ecology is still present. "I like looking at the landscape through the plants," Angie says.
Natural Garden Style. Kingsubry has long trumpeted the value of the structure of plant, not just its bloom or color, so her art was a good philosphic fit. In addition, Angie has completed covers for Leslie Geddes-Brown's Garden Wisdom and Jeremy Page's Salt. Author Leslie Geddes Brown explains, "The whole book was, in its turn, inspired by the art of Angie Levin, who brings her own vision of the natural world to her work."
To learn more about Angie Lewin's work, you can visit her website.