Dr Sarah Simblet has been appointed Sylva’s first Artist in Residence. During her two year residency Sarah will be producing a unique catalogue of drawings celebrating our forests and trees. These will be featured in a major new tree book to be published in 2014, supported by the Sylva Foundation. Sarah will co-author the book with our Chief Executive Dr Gabriel Hemery.
The New Sylva aims to be a seminal book about trees and forestry for the 21st Century. The book will be published by Bloomsbury in 2014 to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Evelyn’s original Sylva published by the Royal Society in 1664. The New Sylva will bring the essence of John Evelyn’s most celebrated work to a new readership. It will integrate sensitively parts of his original, visionary and very beautiful prose, with a much-needed contemporary review.
Dr Sarah Simblet is a trained fine artist who specialises in drawing; exhibiting her work through her publications. She has written and illustrated three major art reference books published worldwide by Dorling Kindersley. Her most recent book Botany for the Artist, published by Dorling Kindersley in 2010, includes English language editions for UK, US, Canada, and Australia; and has been translated into Dutch and German. She first came to collaborate with the Sylva Foundation through our OneOak project, for which produced two stunning drawings including one of the OneOak tree, which has become iconic.
The authors have established a dedicated website for the book project at www.NewSylva.com. Visit the website to read more about the book’s concept, its authors, and for latest news on progress.