Liz Valenti

Grow Your Own Tunics

After Covid I wanted to make something simple and joyous – something about the simplicity of growing and gathering.

I used the tunic shape as my basic garment and concentrated on the seed packets which I had collected for their graphic design and their text.

I really enjoyed making the seed pods – all from paper – and the nasturtiums.

Peas Seed Packet Tunic

Pea Seed Packet Tunic

This was made to celebrate the joy of working in an allotment. Who doesn’t like peas? They look and taste so good. I had already collected the seed packet and loved the combination of image and text.

I wanted to make it more 3D and extended it into a climbing plant hanging from a garden cane. I had to make each pea pod with its peas and each leaf separately.

Signed original
70 x 90 cms framed
£2,750
©️ Liz Valenti 2019

Nasturtium Seed Packet Tunic

This was made to celebrate the garden and the joy of gardening. It started with a seed packet I had already collected.

I loved the illustration and the lettering. I hung the tunic from a garden cane – the only time I haven’t used paper! I then extended the flowers into a climbing fantasy.

Signed original
70 x 90 cms framed
£2,750
©️ Liz Valenti 2019

Strawberries Tunic

This work was accepted as a part of the Holland Paper Biennale 2022 held in Museum Rijswijk, the Netherlands. The theme was all about where we are going after Covid.

After much consideration and after watching Gardeners’ World with Monty Don I realised that so many people were gaining solace from growing plants.

I had the strawberry graphics already – the seed packets and the print and they gave me the direction for my idea that growing strawberries must be a positive experience, providing healthy fruit and lifting the spirits.

Signed original
90 x 100 cms framed
£2,750
©️ Liz Valenti 2022