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Handbound book - © Fleur Olby
Auricula, from the book Velvet Black © Fleur Olby
Winter - from the series NOTES © Fleur Olby
Winter - Iris, from the series, Notes © Fleur Olby
Cowslip - from the series NOTES © Fleur Olby
Cowslip - from the series Notes © Fleur Olby
Handbound book - © Fleur Olby
Poa Trivialis, from the book Velvet Black © Fleur Olby


Velvet Black – Notes is Fleur Olby’s first solo show from the series, “Colour from Black.” displaying at the Garden Museum in London until 5 April 2020. The exhibition combines two of Fleur’s beautiful series ‘Velvet Black’ and ‘Notes’.

Velvet Black is a present-day ode to Victorian plant shows, with black velvet backdrops and their cultivation of indoor-outdoor window theatres. The series started as a photographic notebook of planting a garden, and is resonant of a flower press, portraying the transience of daylight and blooms.

Velvet Black is in the photobook collections of The V&A’S National Art Library, The Aperture Library and The Martin Parr Foundation Library. It launched at Impressions Photobook Fair in October 2018.

The book series, “Velvet Black” was the start of the wider series, “Notes,” from both childhood places and the garden. An abstraction of the historic and impressions of the past and present.

Genesis are delighted to support Fleur Olby’s first solo show from the series, “Colour from Black.” with our Exhibition Printing and Installation Services.

Velvet Black – Notes

 February 5 until April 5 2020

Garden Museum

5 Lambeth Palace Road



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About Fleur:

Fleur Olby is based in a rural area of North Yorkshire; her photographic work is inspired by the environment and the transformative spirit of nature – the experience or sensation of ‘beauty’. Olby established her studio practice in London (1993) after graduating from St Martin’s School of Art with an MA Photography show of environmental details and flowers. Since then her work has been published, commissioned and exhibited internationally.

From 1995 – 2002 amongst commissioned work she was a contributor to, The Observer Life Magazine, working on Monty Don’s weekly garden articles. Fuel Publishing published her first monograph in 2015, Fleur, Plant Portraits and it was distributed by DAP and Thames and Hudson. This began the transition of her work into archival collaborations: Colour from White, and a long term body of work about Nature, Colour from Black.