Michael Smythe is an artist, campaigner and creative director of Nomad Projects (nomadprojects.org), a vehicle for action-based research within the public realm. Michael studied installation, performance and art history at the Australian National University, Canberra and the Hochschule Der Künste Berlin, Germany.
His work is concerned with issues surrounding gentrification, social architecture & environmental justice. Michael established the Phy·tol·o·gy medicine garden in 2014. Over the past six years, the Phytology project has transformed a WW2 bombsite in East London into a cultural institute & community hub for research across the arts and sciences. As urban populations grow and intensify globally, access to nature and complex ecosystems are increasingly fundamental to our individual and collective mental and physical wellbeing.
Molly Maitland is a medical herbalist working at both Neals Yard, Norwich and Phy·tol·o·gy, East London. She is a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists and has been practicing since 2011.
The majority of herbs she uses are native to the UK and Europe, and for as long as she has been making and using herbal tinctures, Molly has also always enjoyed making her own cosmetic balms creams and ointments.