Celebrating Rural Jamaica
Royal Jamaica is a botanic pattern series meant to promote interest in Jamaican gardening and horticulture. Although, soil on the island is fertile and rich for growing, Jamaica, like many Caribbean countries today, relies heavily on imported food. There are many contributing factors to this reality and part of the problem is the lack of interest and education, especially in younger generations. The concept for Royal Jamaica was to create a series of iconic patterns that would target younger Jamaicans and promote widespread education and interest in gardening.
The series so far consists of four iconic plants widely used in Jamaican culinary: the cerasee plant (M. charantia), the breadfruit tree (A. altilis), the mango tree (M. indica) and the sorrel plant (H. sabdariffa). Inspired by botanical and natural science illustration, the series consists of the single most iconic feature of the plant. The arrangement of the patterns are based on the way the plant grows as seen in its environment. (See reference images below.)