NATALYA ZAHN

BIRDS, BEES + TULIP TREES: Envisioning Wild Plants + Pollinators through Textile Design

EXHIBIT ON VIEW: AUGUST 4 – SEPTEMBER 12, 2015
GALLERY WALK AND RECEPTION: SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 1-2:30PM

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Natalya Zahn is a Boston-based natural illustrator and designer. Originally from the green mountains of Vermont, she majored in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, studying abroad throughout France, Australia, and New Zealand. Fluent in numerous traditional and digital media techniques, she creates textural, expressive imagery that has appeared in print publications, product packaging and apparel, and as part of educational exhibits for museums. Her passion for biology, zoology, and anatomy subjects has led to collaborations with clients including National Geographic, the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Longwood Botanical Gardens and the San Diego Zoo. She works, surrounded by taxidermy, skeletons, and other natural artifacts, out of a studio in Somerville, MA.

For Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Natalya was inspired to return to textile design, a specialty that she honed just out of RISD, while working as a designer for a boutique children’s clothing company. That five-year, in-house position gave her an opportunity to learn the basics of pattern layout and production, and planted a firm enthusiasm for the challenges of limited palettes, repeating compositions, and decorative motifs – specifically florals. This new collection of work represents an application of those textile design conventions to the natural subjects and organic painting styles that have been an evolving theme throughout Natalya’s work for the last decade of her independent career.