Work has finally recommenced on my assemblage of the delicate wild flower drawings of Adam Forster (1850-1928) into their new form - based roughly on a Rock lily (Dendrobium speciosum) painted in 1887 by Ellis Rowan (1848-1922) and held in the National Library of Australia. This orchid, with its main pendulous flower made up of hundreds of smaller orchids, suits my desire to assemble the entire 250 illustrations of Australian wild flowers, which Forster painted for Thistle Y Harris' book "Wild Flowers of Australia", into one large floriforous form. As with my needlework assemblages, this new work on paper is painstaking - in the extraction of the drawings; the arrangement of the individual flowers within the larger form and; pinning them into the archival backing. The photos below show some of this process, along with Ellis Rowan's dendrobium speciosum © NLA; and Thistle Y Harris' "Wild flowers of Australia". My working title was; "The field-botanist's lily" (in homage to Forster and Rowan, both intrepid field-botanists - flower hunters and artists) but I've now settled on "Adam's dendrobium". This is my first foray into reclaimed book illustrations, but as with the embroidered flora of doilies and table cloths, there is a striking resonance in their decorative arrangements and their now redundant everyday purpose.