From the Classroom to Your Room
Destination Urban founder Zach Burch attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, where he learned the art of pressing plants and preserving butterflies and insects. While in school he grew a great passion for identifying and studying plants along the Central Coast. His work to preserve and study local flora can be seen in the Robert F. Hoover Herbarium. Working with the Herbarium he was able to master a technique to preserve plant and flower color.
The process of preserving, identifying and storing plants in a herbarium dates back more than 425 years. The process and methodology behind plant pressing have remained relatively unchanged since. Over the years, the question of how to preserve the coloring frequently arises. The simplest explanation is the sooner picked and placed into the press the better the coloring will hold. However, different plant species retain color better than others.
Plant presses themselves can either be hand made or purchased online. The most common presses use cardboard spacers, plywood covers, and a ratcheting system. A college friend of mine used to press her plants using a book, placing individual specimens on different pages in the book. To press the plant she stacked old textbooks not being used during the current quarter. This said the mechanics behind pressing plants remain the same.
The overarching goal of Destination Urban is to provide sustainable art derived from nature. Our policy for gathering plants, bugs, shells, rocks, and all other nature-derived products is that of sustainability first. All products are collected with an impact in mind. All products are researched before sale to ensure humane and legal collection. We support the best policy is to leave no trace. The butterfly effect holds as every little change alters further events. We as humans have an innate responsibility to keep nature natural and protect overall biodiversity.
To many of us, nature is a place we go to seek and discover ourselves. The primitive call and draw to nature remain in each of us. The name Destination Urban is derived from providing that sense and connection to nature to the built environment. Unfortunately for many of us, including myself, we are encased by a concrete jungle we call cities. I hope that our art brightens up even the most sparse of rooms.