- Blagrave's Ferns 1860 -


The Evolution team discovered an inspirational collection of evocative photograms while researching the history of South Africa’s botanical art.

Thomas C. Blagrave, a retired lieutenant colonel from England, created this comprehensive study of ferns in South Africa in 1860 and recorded his findings in a unique format. We fell in love with the textures of the photographic paper and the iridescent effect of the film while the fern patterns were kept stark, clean and true to their natural state.

Blagrave wrote in the preface of the book: “The illustrations are photo prints made by myself at Wynberg, during the months of May, June and July, 1860, from fresh and dried specimens either of my own of Dr. Pappe's herbarium.”

the Fern Collection

Evolution’s philosophy is to create products with nostalgic narratives. We like to celebrate the past and cultivate our products for the home as conversation pieces. We are able to do so with the collaboration of institutes like SANBI. Evolution contributes financially to these sources of inspiration, which helps to protect and share our national heritage. Thank you, SANBI, for your enthusiasm and assistance with this range.

Fern process

In essence, the Blagrave's Ferns collection epitomises what Evolution Product stands for by contributing financially to the sources of our inspiration and embracing sustainable practices, creating a stimulating environment for our staff and creating beautiful things.

finished products