Mairi Laird is a Scottish illustration graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. Her work focuses on minimal and playful interpretations of the natural world, often drawing from mythology, folk and fairy stories.

Folklore of Flowers is a collection of illustrated stories that combine both her interest in the natural world and some of her favourite folk tales. Here are some of the stories behind the illustrations.

Harebell

Harebell
Campanula Rotundifolia
Scottish

Witches would transform themselves into hares and hide amongst the harebell flowers to escape from any danger.

Primrose

Primrose
Primula Vulgaris
Celtic

The ancient Celts believed that large patches of primroses could act as a gateway to the realms of the faeries.

 

Wild Strawberry

Wild Strawberry
Fragaria Vesca
Bavarian

Baskets of wild strawberries would be hung from the horns of cattle as an offering to the fairy folk, so as to ensure healthy calves in the coming seasons.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle
Lonicera
Irish

It is said that honeysuckle can be brewed into a tea that was a cure for the ill effects of the evil eye.

Foxglove

Fox Glove
Digitalis
Scandinavian

In Norse legend, foxes would wear wreaths of fox glove blossoms around their necks, the ringing of the bells cast a spell of protection against hunters.

 

To see more work by Mairi Isla Laird visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.