#BuyOnlineLuxury | Catherine Best collection inspired by world renowned Clematis breeder

In celebration of Virtual Chelsea this week, Catherine Best talks us through the inspiration behind her new Clematis Empress collection, launched in collaboration with Raymond Evison at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. Having grown up surrounded by nature Catherine’s designs have often been influenced by the world that surrounds her.

“I’m often asked about how I design my jewellery and the creative processes I go through, from the initial concept to the final paint-ups which are then brought to life by traditional goldsmiths.

The centre of this process for me is always the inspiration, which can unveil itself in many different ways at different times. Inspiration, like all artists will tell you, comes with its own ebb and flow and certain places and settings can be a huge source for this. One of my favourite environments is nature, there is something so awe inspiring about the towering cliffs around our beautiful island of Guernsey or the spring flowers blooming on the cliff paths that cannot help but inspire.

I can often be found in the greenhouse growing my own vegetables and salad, or in the garden enjoying the wildlife and stunning flowers and foliage. My latest nature inspired collection is centred around the clematis flower, created in collaboration with world class clematis breeder Raymond Evison.

Raymond Evison has spent six decades searching for, breeding and developing the world’s best clematis. He has won countless gold medals at the prestigious Chelsea flower show and I have always been inspired by his work. So, when he welcomed me to his nursery here in Guernsey to view the wonderful varieties of clematis that he has created I was totally inspired and filled with admiration, which led to the Clematis Empress and Bluebird range being brought to life.

View more of the collection here.