Isobel designs and creates bespoke terrariums. Combining her passion for plants and all things quirky, she is re-kindling this popular Victorian trend but with a modern twist.
The Wardian case, as it was originally called, was invented by accident around 1829 by Nathaniel Ward, a London doctor. It gained in popularity during the Victorian era and it’s name eventually changed to “terrarium”. A word derived from the Latin word terra, meaning earth and arium, the word ending of aquarium.
Each of Isobel’s creations captures a snapshot in miniature of scenes from daily life, staged amongst a verdant setting. Each design is unique and can be customised to the finest detail.
Isobel loves using moss in the terrariums as it is great for landscaping her little worlds. She believes there is something quite enchanting about moss. “When walking through a forest, with moss cushioning the floor, on closer inspection you can see it reflects the forest in miniature and it is easy to imagine little people living amongst it.”
Isobel likes to re-create this feeling of enchantment and wonder by containing it inside a glass vessel, so people can be intrigued and look inside to be filled with delight at the magical world.
As Isobel sources the majority of the glass vessels she uses for her terrariums from vintage shops, antique centres, auctions, charity shops etc it makes each scene unique and special and no two terrariums are the same. This means that here at Heart Gallery we can not only sell from our ever-changing display of about 10 terrariums but we can offer a personalised and bespoke service too. Working closely with Isobel we can source the right vessel for you then all you have to do is tell us the scene you wish to recreate by providing photographs and information.
The possibilities are endless; all it needs is a little bit of background information from you and then just sit back and allow Isobel’s imagination to wander and capture that enchantment.