We love Lucy

A cot­tage gar­den and mini menagerie in the heart of Nor­folk in­spired magic and sparkle for an in­ter­na­tional high street store, writes ROWAN MANTELL

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We meet artist Lucy Love­heart

TREES SHIM­MER with jewel-like flow­ers and fruit, uni­corns with gold and sil­ver striped horns prance through mead­ows, skies are sprin­kled with del­i­cate stars, and tiny joy­ful peo­ple and birds float in enchanted land­scapes.

Nor­folk artist Lucy Love­heart has long been loved by the peo­ple who know her work from the chil­dren’s books she has il­lus­trated and the paint­ings, posters, fab­rics, ceram­ics and cards she cre­ates.

Her fairy­tale style, cre­at­ing naïve but exquisitel­y de­tailed dream-like palaces and gar­dens, com­plete with glit­ter and stick­ers, has won her com­mis­sions to pro­duce art­work for Kew Gar­dens in Lon­don, Blen­heim Palace in Ox­ford­shire and Chatsworth House in Der­byshire, and for or­gan­i­sa­tions rang­ing from the Nor­folk-based Fairy­land Trust to Amnesty In­ter­na­tional.

Lucy ar­rived in Nor­folk to study at the school of art, now Nor­wich Univer­sity of the Arts, and after con­tin­u­ing to hone her tal­ent at the Royal Col­lege of Art in Lon­don, re­turned to live and work in Wood Dalling, near Reep­ham.

It is here that she painted her beau­ti­ful cot­tage gar­den, which will now be seen by peo­ple all over the coun­try as the in­spi­ra­tion for a se­ries of pic­tures called Enchanted

Gar­den, and new ranges of Marks & Spencer prod­ucts, launched this month. Lucy’s pic­tures of the gar­den fea­ture on can­dles, bath and shower treats, wash-bags and tins, and her or­chard, herb gar­dens and flow­ers have in­spired new fra­grances in­clud­ing pip­pin and pear, laven­der and sage and rose petal and lily. For Christ­mas, her il­lus­tra­tions have even more sparkle, and the prod­ucts are in­fused with fes­tive scents in­clud­ing or­ange, clove and car­damom.

“Our gar­den sur­rounds the stu­dio and our home, which is nes­tled in the heart of the coun­try, down a long twist­ing lane, miles from any­where,” said Lucy. “I had al­ways dreamt of cre­at­ing an ar­bo­real gar­den with mag­i­cal lit­tle rooms and se­cret pas­sage­ways. How­ever when we first moved here, our gar­den con­sisted of three open fields. A con­sid­er­able amount of work was needed to make the dream come true. Pa­trick, my hus­band, im­me­di­ately planted over 200 trees. For us the trees have be­come the stars of the show. For many years they were stumpy lit­tle bushes, but after a while, they evolved into fully grown trees and he started to make lit­tle paths and walk­ways be­tween within them. It has been a long

Artist Lucy Love­heart

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