Summer 2019 has been extremely exciting…in addition to discovering many new plants, I have also been experimenting in new mediums. I began working with cyanotype and making prints of my plant specimen, negatives and misc objects. I came up with a new concept for a new body of work titled, “The Sweet Spot”, mostly because I am really opposed to antagonistic like climates and I just wanted to create something where everyone could agree, “this is beauty”… in this new series I merge 3 or more plants to create a SWEET SPOT, my own sort of hybrid. Also, I have branched into clothing work with the eco-dye process…the plants used for these tops and dresses are basically transferring themselves onto the cloth. The end result is a beautiful plant filled piece radiating lots of positive vibes, and a unique design. I also happen to love fashion so I am having great fun and plan to make these available for purchase soon.

In other summer news, I won Best of Show for my piece Bloodroot at the Northport Arts Association Photography Exhibition in June, and late August will be a members show at the Glen Arbor Arts Center where I will be displaying an image from my “Sweet Spot” series, followed by a more conceptual art piece being displayed in September at the Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City on female archetypes.

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Honour Hiers Stewart

Artist statement

 

In my journey of photographing plants, I have come to realize that people are like plants.  As we learn and elevate the plants of the world we will also be elevating one another and creating a dialogue about our landscape and planet.  We will be creating a social consciousness that will engage us to be better humans.

The journey may be hard at times, but we will uncover and explore all that we do not know and share our wealth of skills and knowledge with each other.

Honour Hiers Stewart/ artist

Honour has been photographing plants with her large format film camera since 2010. 

In addition to photographing plant specimen, she has also started to document her surroundings with other cameras such as a Mamiya RZ67, Nikon F5, Holga, and a digital Hasselblad.

She has a B.F.A. in Photography from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2000. 

She resides in Traverse City, Michigan with her spouse who is also an artist, Douglas Stewart (www.Douglas-Stewart.com).

She has exhibited her work in Asheville, NC, Traverse City and Northport, MI, and in London, UK. 

Honour also does portraiture work as well in her studio in Traverse City or on location anywhere…visit her sister site, www.HonourPortraits.com to see more…

Convallaria majalis is the very first plant Honour placed on a light table to photograph. She was in awe of the transparent nature revealed and began her journey of photographing plants.

Convallaria majalis is the very first plant Honour placed on a light table to photograph. She was in awe of the transparent nature revealed and began her journey of photographing plants.

Exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Plant and Art Fair, 2018.

Exhibit at the Royal Horticultural Society’s London Plant and Art Fair, 2018.

Honour at the Louvre bookstore holding a copy of  Plant  in French.

Honour at the Louvre bookstore holding a copy of Plant in French.

Honour is featured in the above book published by Phaidon, ..."The international panel of experts, coordinated by James A. Compton (a professor and plant collector at the University of Reading, with expertise in botany, evolutionary biology and systematics), who selected the 300 images of this book did an outstanding job in choosing a great variety of examples in terms of epochs, styles, techniques, authors, and visions, to illustrate the resilient mankind’s fascination with making images of plants. What makes this book unique, in the crowded landscape of works devoted to botanical illustrations, is the arrangement of the artworks into sequences aimed at provoking contrasts and similarities between pairs of images. So, you have, opposed Aristolochia spp. rendered in gouache on vellum (Rosalie Demonte) and on large size photo transparency (Honour Hiers Stewart) (pp. 212–213)"  -LANKESTERIANA 17(2). 2017. © Universidad de Costa Rica, 2017.

Honour is featured in the above book published by Phaidon, ..."The international panel of experts, coordinated by James A. Compton (a professor and plant collector at the University of Reading, with expertise in botany, evolutionary biology and systematics), who selected the 300 images of this book did an outstanding job in choosing a great variety of examples in terms of epochs, styles, techniques, authors, and visions, to illustrate the resilient mankind’s fascination with making images of plants. What makes this book unique, in the crowded landscape of works devoted to botanical illustrations, is the arrangement of the artworks into sequences aimed at provoking contrasts and similarities between pairs of images. So, you have, opposed Aristolochia spp. rendered in gouache on vellum (Rosalie Demonte) and on large size photo transparency (Honour Hiers Stewart) (pp. 212–213)"

-LANKESTERIANA 17(2). 2017. © Universidad de Costa Rica, 2017.

"Honour (Love without Tragedy)" oil painting by Douglas Stewart 60x60"

"Honour (Love without Tragedy)" oil painting by Douglas Stewart 60x60"