The Botanical Gherkin

The Botanical Gherkin

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I am beginning to explore the collision of humans vs nature in my work, and I love the idea of buildings in built-up cities being reclaimed by nature.

I have taken one of my favourite, quirky buildings in London, the Gherkin, and reimagined it as a botanical garden, being overrun by giant leaves and tree houses.

I loved creating a mix of old and new hand drawn architecture in the illustration, with the leaves creating the only pops of colour, painted in watercolour.

▪︎ Exclusive to Nine By Nine
▪︎ Only 50 limited edition prints per size
▪︎ High quality A2 or A3 archival Giclée print
▪︎ 210gsm Hahnemühle matt-coated paper
▪︎ Includes signed certificate of authenticity

Worldwide shipping available
▪︎ 3-5 working days for prints
▪︎ 5-8 working days for print + frame

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Hand crafted frames

We've partnered with one of the UK's leading art framers to bring you custom made, beautifully crafted frames for your new print. All frames are custom made here in the UK using new technology and old school craftsmanship. These high quality, totally custom frames will last a lifetime.



Your frame comes with Clarity+ glazing. Although this material is more expensive than glass, it's used in your frame because it offers superior UV protection, is far safer and is beautifully clear.

Backing & Fixings

Your frame arrives ready to hang, with a backing board and hanging kit.


Our supplier

Our supplier is recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild. All custom made frames have tightly pinned corners, contain crystal clear Clarity+ glazing and are made from precision cut real wood.


Our promises

Made to order

Every product is individually produced in England, allow
3-5 days for delivery and a little longer for framed prints.

High quality

All of our prints are produced using an archival Giclée method on 210gsm Hahnemühle matt paper.

Artist support

All artists receive a fair commission on every print sold which helps them to keep doing what they do best.

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We offer returns on any items that are damaged in transit. Just get in touch with us as soon as possible.


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Alison Cottrell


I graduated with a degree in Textile Design in 2016, specialising in creating screen printed and digitally printed fabrics for fashion and interiors. Since graduation, my work has also crossed over into Illustration, and I have enjoyed working in a new way. My work is focussed on quirky hand drawn illustrative and painterly approaches, fuelled by a love of architecture, culture and the natural world.


Tell us a fun fact about you I made a record under my murderous alter-ego, Queen Herod, in 2011 as a 30th birthday present to myself.

How did you get into illustration? I was a broke painter, and got sick of waitressing.

Who or what inspires you the most? I find the world around us my biggest source of inspiration. I love both beautiful old buildings, and modern architecture. I am also passionate about the natural world and the effect we have on it. I try to travel to interesting locations around the globe to witness this firsthand, and I am beginning to explore this collision of humans vs nature in my work.


Top three clients you've worked with? Virgin Atlantic is the top client Ive worked with. I am at the beginning of my career, so I hope to continue working with more exciting clients in the future!

What tools (digital or not!) do you use to create your work? I love to work by hand, so the majority of my work is predominantly hand drawn and painted. I then use digital processes to finish the work to create a crisper, cleaner finished design.

What's your favourite resource for inspiration? I love instagram to find inspiration, and pinterest.


What would your dream project be? I'd love to work on another large scale wall mural of built up areas of buildings, covered in leaves and being reclaimed by nature.

How can fans keep up-to-date with your work? Instagram




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