The Twenty-Six Collection combines two very different things that I love and have great respect for: beautiful typography, brought to the screen by the simple stroke of a key, and vintage botanical illustrations, hand drawn and painted with precision. Both were labored over by their creators with great attention to detail and a love for their work. All I've done is bring them together.
Each botanical illustration is now in the public domain, originally created pre-1925⏤some as far back as the 1600s. I love giving these works a new life, cleaning them up digitally and wrapping them around letters and words in an almost natural way.
I love to think of the botanists who carefully studied each specimen, taking their time to skillfully recreate on paper what they saw before them, and how their work contrasts so starkly with the way I create today—digitally, and with unfathomable simplicity in comparison.