Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations

Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations by Niege Borges

Hailing from the super cold and sometimes super hot south of Brazil, Brooklyn based graphic designer and illustrator Niege Borges has an online body of work comprised of colorful infographics. This same color splashed theme shows through in this stunning series that she started earlier this year. “I started this series,” she tells Strictlypaper, “because I decided to combine my love for old botanical illustrations and my desire to make something that is not digital at all. I make a lot of work on my computer and I really like it, but for a while I felt like I needed to create something more tactile with paper, which I always liked to play with.”

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She uses old botanical illustrations as her source of inspiration, which have almost a muted coloring in most cases, or even sometimes just simple photographs of flowers. Borges then transforms these illustrations into her own bold and colorful interpretations of each plant, layering the simplified pieces to create a visual harmony for each botanical study once complete. She began this series earlier this year on Instagram which is where I came across her work, and she will be continuing to add more so be sure to follow her.

Botanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations by Niege BorgesBotanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations by Niege BorgesBotanical Studies Through Colorful Cut Paper Illustrations by Niege Borges

“Sometimes I make a sketch, but most of the times I start immediately cutting the shapes on the paper. Botanical illustrations usually have a very natural color palette, but I like to use very bold colors.” — Niege Borges

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images courtesy of Niege Borges via submission

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