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Hillsborough Castle and Gardens

Posted on May 28, 2019

Hillsborough Gardens is a spectacular delight for the senses. Flowers poking in every direction, each vying for my attention.

Danielle Morgan working artist making Hillsborough Castle design rangeIt was July 2015 when I first visited Hillsborough Castle.

I was invited to illustrate the House and Gardens for a special giftware range. Feeling excited, nervous and a little overwhelmed, I gripped my pen to steady my thoughts.

 How am I going to fit all this beauty into a rectangular tea towel?!

Lavender began to fill my nose. Bees dipped in and out of verbena like a pick 'n' mix party. 

Hydrangea bushes exploding with flowers drew my attention towards creeping wisteria at each side of the House.

Ah Ha! This will be my starting point.

Danielle Morgan Flax Fox drawing of bees and flowers
 

I used watercolour, pen and ink to sketch flowers and foliage that 'popped' in front of the building. Purples and pinks were my favourites.

Danielle Morgan drawing of Hillsborough CastleThe most challenging aspect of this project was deciding what to eliminate. 

The design had to fit different sized products such as tea towels, tote bags and mugs so there were lots of practical elements to think about.

Lots of head scratching (and many cups of tea) helped me to be ruthless when really I wanted to go wild with my paints.

Producing Hillsborough Castle design has been a career highlight to date. Learning to simplify and depict beauty was a challenge but utterly satisfying to see the finished products on the shop shelves.

Danielle Morgan Flax Fox Hillsborough Castle design on the shop shelf
Danielle Morgan Flax Fox displying her product range at Hillsborough Castle

Comments

  • Posted by Danielle Morgan on Sep 04, 2019

    Hello Colleen, There are two gift shops at Hillsborough. My products (Northern Ireland Map) and (Hillsborough Castle + Gardens) are in the gift shop beside the cafe. Throughout the shop there are lots of tote bags, tea towels, mugs and prints. I’ll get in touch with you via email. Thanks for posting ~ Danielle

  • Posted by Colleen Hedd on Sep 04, 2019

    I was just at Hillsborough Castle yesterday & didn’t see any of your items in the gift shop. Are they no longer available?
    Would love to get a few of these item so is that possible?

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