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Ruth Moilliet Devotions to the Goddess Flora

Ruth Moilliet uses plants and nature as inspiration for her work, celebrating their beauty and abundance. With a heightened realisation of the effects of climate change on our environment, more recently her work has taken on a different meaning.

The title comes from an essay by the botanist Thomas Rogers. He with three others travelled from Oldham to the Scotland to study and collect mountain plant species now preserved at Gallery Oldham. A further expedition included the botanist James Nield who wrote a second essay. These papers with accompanying watercolour illustrations were preserved together in a unique and beautifully bound book, Botanical Excursions, Breadalbane and Grampians 1874-1876. Most of the species collected are now endangered. Ruth drew inspiration from this creating sculptural artworks with a community installation in the Gallery foyer.

Climate change results from human excess, demonstrating disregard for the delicate balance of our planet. A contributor to this is the fossil fuel industry including petroleum-based plastic. Its products and waste are all around us. Ruth’s work is created from recycled materials, in particular discarded plastic.

The work is bright, beautiful and to be enjoyed, but there is a dark message behind this beauty that could be overlooked at first glance…


Ruth Moilliet Superfluity at Fresh Air Sculpture 2022

Superfluity Sphere
Superfluity : an unnecessarily or excessively large amount or number of something.

This is certainly true for the plastic around us in our everyday lives. The flowers in this sculpture are made entirely from discarded soft plastic like carrier bags, bread wrappers and frozen food bags.

Superfluity Sphere delivers a conflicting message, celebrating the beauty and forms found within the flora of our natural world whilst reminding us of the excessive waste, pollution and disregard that we see within our environment.


Ruth Moilliet Flowers Workshop – creating flowers from recycled waste plastics

Follow Ruth’s step by step video to create your own beautiful flowers from recycled plastic.

02:55 Creating Plastic Sheets
09:00 Template Creation
09:28 Four Petal Flower
11:16 Six Petal Flower
16:10 Cutting Out Your Flower
19:24 Flower Assembly
21:04 Adding 3-Dimensional Form

Created for Gallery Oldham as part of the Go Bloom project as part of The Wild Escape. made possible by Art Fund and National Lottery Project Grants.


Ruth Moilliet ROCLA Art project

Commission for the ROCLA Sculpture Trail, Redhouse Park, Milton Keynes.

The 3 Leaf Sculpture depicts flowers and insects that are found throughout the year in the Redhouse Park Area including the dragonfly designed by Ruth and subsequently used as the ROCLA logo. This video shows Ruth’s work for the project, from design to the final installation and includes footage of the opening event held for the local community at the completion of this phase of the sculpture trail.


Ruth Moilliet National Trust Courts Garden 2018

Welcome to Coexistence, an outdoor sculpture exhibition Showcasing the eye-catching creations of artist, Ruth Moilliet. The sculptures, fashioned mainly from highly finished metal, range from small, intricate pieces to large, dramatic structures. Ruth’s work is inspired by the plant kingdom, specifically the vital relationship between plants and their pollinators. The exhibition is set against the stunning backdrop of The National Trust Courts Garden, Wiltshire.

“My work draws its inspiration from the close relationship between plants and insects. Their coexistence is remarkable and has resulted in a very defined symbiosis between flowers and insects.
These plants and insects need each other and one could not exist without the other. They have evolved and lived this way for millions of years, a perfect example of mutualism and cohabitation.”


Bespoke Allium commission

Ruth designed and installed this bespoke allium for a private client to complement their fabulous home in the north of England. It’s a real pleasure to see first hand how her work sits within such a beautiful location, as a central feature for the house’s driveway.

The colours and varying stem lengths on this version are unique and came about after consultation with the client regarding what design would work best in such a location.


Ruth Moilliet Sculptures Interview Fresh Air Sculpture 2017

Interview conducted during the installation of Ruth’s Meadow Leaf sculpture for the Quenington Fresh Air Sculpture Exhibition. Ruth discusses her work past and present with beautiful shots of her sculptures at The Old Rectory and the Sculpture Park in Surrey amongst others.