On Thursday 25th April, we welcomed Carol Montpart, Art Director and Co-Founder of The Plant to the YCN Shop & Library.
As well as introducing the fourth and current edition of the publication, Carol gave an insight into all the processes that are involved in bringing each issue to life.
Carol began the talk by outlining the history of The Plant. She explained how the idea for the magazine came about whilst she was at Folch Studio in Barcelona. A shared love of flora led Carol and her friends Cris and Isa Merino to launch a periodical dedicated entirely to plants and other greenery.
The team has since spread over two countries, with Cris and Isa now acting as Editor-in-Chief and Art Director respectively in Barcelona, whilst Carol handles all the art directing duties in London alongside Deputy Editor Kate O' Brien. In addition to the core team, The Plant works with a network of photographers, illustrators and writers from all over the world.
We were treated to the work of some of these contributors next as Carol talked through a selection of her favourite features from past issues. These included photographer Jacob Lillis' studies of East London's back gardens from the current issue, Cat Stevens' trip to director Derek Jarman's famous garden near Dungeness Nuclear Power Station, Coke Bartina's snaps of vegetation on the Costa Brava coastline, actress Tilda Swinton's poem about a tree in her parents' garden and Wolfgang Tillmans' striking cover photograph.
Carol proceeded to share ideas behind some of the other regular features of the magazine, including the Do It Yourself (in which readers presented with step-by-step guides on how to dry flowers, make their own terrariums and much more) and Recipes sections. She also spoke about the illustration in the publication, showing some of the monographics that have been featured in previous issues by the likes of Baptiste Alchourroun, Geoff McFetridge and Marcus Oakley.
The talk came to a close with Carol discussing what the future has in store for The Plant (the fifth issue is now in the works, and is to be published later in the year) before kindly staying to answer questions as part of an informal Q&A session.
We would like to thank Carol for an enlightening and engaging presentation, and Vita Coco for providing the refreshments.
Location:72 Rivington Street,
London, EC2A 3AY,
Start:25th April, 2013 at 6:30pm
End:25th April, 2013 at 8:30pm