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A Sylvan gift for any tree lover

posted on November 22, 2012
OneOak tree portrait - mounted

OneOak tree portrait – mounted version

With just four weeks to go to Christmas, we have some remaining limited edition prints of the OneOak tree, drawn by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet. Available to buy online from our shop, it would make a perfect Sylvan gift for any tree lover.


More about the Limited Edition Print

A stunning pen and ink portrait of the OneOak tree drawn by internationally-renowned artist, and author of Botany for the Artist, Sarah Simblet. Generously donated to the Sylva Foundation by the artist. All proceeds from sales will be used for our charitable work. Only 100 limited edition prints have been made, and each hand signed and numbered by the artist.

Sarah Simblet is an artist, author and teacher of drawing at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. Sarah made an original pen and ink drawing of the OneOak tree before it was felled in 2010. In the tradition of the teacher and art critic John Ruskin, her botanical drawings are a great aid to our understanding of the structure of plants by encouraging the viewer to study their intricate detail. Such meticulous drawings made by the human hand can be more compelling than photographs which are now commonplace in everyday life.

Printed with pigment-based inks on acid-free 310gsm FSC grade cotton rag paper, with UV coatings providing light-fastness in excess of 100 years. Double-mounted (where applicable) with off-white cotton rag board. All materials are sustainably sourced. Frames (where applicable) are made with FSC grade ash finished with natural wax.

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The colours of Sylva watercolour course

posted on August 2, 2012
Sylva watercolour course flier - download

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Watercolour Artist Rebecca Hind is holding a one day masterclass called The Colours of Sylva. It will be held in the stunning surroundings of the Blenheim Estate on 1st September. The course will focus on watercolour painting of the beautiful trees.

the old couple by Rebecca Hind

The old couple by Rebecca Hind. Two veteran oaks at Blenheim.

Read more and find out how to book

Category: Art, OneOak project

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OneOak tree in its own image (2)

posted on July 2, 2012

This is the latest installment from Terry Hardaker on his progress in carving a relief portrait of the OneOak tree in its own wood.

Terry has had to deal with a large split that developed in the wood but nevertheless is making good progress. In this photograph taken in late June, it is possible to see some of the leafy canopy emerging in the carving. He will be working on the carving and demonstrating at Art in Action in July (read more).

OneOak relief carving by Terry Hardaker as of 26th June 2012

OneOak relief carving by Terry Hardaker as of 26th June 2012

Read more about Terry Hardaker’s OneOak work

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Photographer Simon Murison-Bowie joins OneOak team

posted on June 26, 2012

Our amazing team of OneOak photographers has been joined by another photographer: Simon Murison-Bowie. Simon works only in medium format and in black & white film.

Simon Murison-Bowie

Simon Murison-Bowie: self portrait

Simon has been interested in photography since he was a teeneager when he set up his first darkroom in a garden shed. As an undergraduate at Cambridge he worked for the university newspaper Varsity and became the photographic manager during his final year. Photography then took second place to the need to earn a living, He worked for over 30 years with Oxford University Press as a publisher of academic and educational titles for international markets, and initiated video and electronic publishing for the Press.

Returning to a more serious involvement with photogaphy in the early 1990s, he continued with black-and-white, film-based photograph, which he still uses. He also began to curate a series of exhibitions of photography creating a gallery space in the redeveloped offices of OUP—34 exhibitions from 1993 to 1998. He has since exhibited regularly and in 2008 published Fragments, a book of photographs shown in the previous year during Oxfordshire Artweeks for which he was awarded the Mary Moser Prize.

This year, 2012, he completed a project photographing artists and craftspeople in their studios and workshops. The resulting 150 photographs were exhibited at Modern Art Oxford and The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury in celebration of the the 30th anniversary of Oxfordshire Artweeks, who, with Arts Council England, sponsored the exhibition and the accompanying book Artists and Studios: Private Views. He has also published several articles on photographic issues and has an ongoing research project on European photography in the period 1917–1929.

 

The OneOak project has been supported by the following very talented photographers, all of whom have volunteered their time very generously:

  • Angus Beaton
  • Jane King
  • Simon Murison-Bowie
  • Simon Norfolk – website
  • Sam Scott-Hunter – website

 

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The colours of Sylva – watercolour masterclass

posted on June 25, 2012

The Colours of Sylva – painting the Trees of the Blenheim Estate

Saturday 1st September 2012

Watercolour Artist Rebecca Hind is holding a one day masterclass called The Colours of Sylva. It will be held in the stunning surroundings of the Blenheim Estate, focussing on watercolour painting of the trees.

QR code Rebecca Hind

A handpainted QR code by Rebecca Hind that points to her website

Timed for you to enjoy the colours of foliage as late summer slips into autumn. Tuition is by demonstration and one to one, and all facilities are to hand.

Working 10 am – 5 pm, the £110 tuition fee includes entry to the park and gardens.

Please bring your own materials. Booking and further details are available from www.rebeccahind.com or 01865 340633. Early booking is advised.

Rebecca Hind is affiliated to the OneOak Project and this session will run alongside the OneOak Exhibition at Blenheim Palace, in support of the Sylva Foundation.

 

 


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Acorn Oakbot

posted on June 24, 2012

Alongside the beautiful fine furniture and joinery being crafted from the timber of the OneOak tree, a piece of a equally impressive but very different kind is emerging from sculptor Thomas Humphrey. Dubbed the Acorn Oakbot the amazing piece was inspired by the Hasbro Transformers, specifically the character Optimus Prime, and signifies the connection between humans and trees in a very dynamic sense.

The Acorn Oakbot is being made from the slabwood of the OneOak tree: the large slabs cut from the main stems when they passed through the sawmill Deep in Wood. Normally slabwood is seen as ‘waste’ and is converted into firewood.

Concept sketches by New Zealand-based animator Fancis Hamon

Thomas worked with friend and New Zealand-based animator Francis Hamon, to establish the dynamic pose they wanted to achieve

 

The Acorn Oakbot sculpture design

The Acorn Oakbot sculpture design by Thomas Humphrey. It features the Transformer-like figure emerging from the ground in a dynamic pose.

Concept design for the head of the Acorn Oakbot

Concept design for the head of the Acorn Oakbot

Thomas Humprey is being assisted by a student Ronan Hanley from Rycotewood Furniture Centre, OCVC, who has been helping with chainsawing the slabwood.

Thomas Humprey working on the metal support for the Acorn Oakbot

Thomas Humprey working on the metal support for the Acorn Oakbot

Everyone will be able to inspect the sculpture with all the other OneOak products and stories at Art in Action 19-22 July.

Sculptor Thomas Humphrey‘s website.

Category: Art, OneOak project, Wood

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OneOak tree in its own image

posted on April 23, 2012

Terry Hardaker, artist and woodcarver, has started work on a relief carving on the OneOak tree made from the tree’s own wood.

Terry Hardaker & relief carving in progress of the OneOak tree

Terry Hardaker & relief carving in progress of the OneOak tree - made from the OneOak tree's wood

Terry is carving an image some 48 x 60cm in size, weighing 11 kilos, from one of the offcuts from a longer board used by a furniture maker. Terry works with traditional woodcarvers’ chisels but for this work he removed the ‘ground’ around the outline of the tree with a routing machine. He will still be working on the carving when he joins us at Art in Action in July (read more).

Terry is a member of the Ox & Bucks Woodcarvers Association (see British Wood Carvers Association) whose members meet weekly near Oxford to work on their projects. He trained in portrait painting then spent 16 years in raising silver plate before joining the woodcarvers in 2004.

Terry was invited to carve the OneOak tree and become part of the project having been ‘spotted’ at Art in Action in 2010. He says he has no room left at home to display woodcarvings and so accepts commissions to keep his eye in. He has designed and worked on historical themes for the 1000th anniversary of the formation of the county of Oxfordshire and the 450th anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to the city of Abingdon.

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OneOak tree portraits for sale

posted on March 28, 2012
Sylva shop

We have a number of limited edition prints of the OneOak tree portrait, drawn by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet, still available for sale in our Sylva shop.

The prints, limited to 100 and each signed and numbered by the artist, offer a rare opportunity for the public to own a stunning reproduction of Sarah Simblet’s work.  Typically the artist sells only through her books. To date, we have sold prints of the OneOak tree portrait to buyers in Australia, United States and across Europe.

Thanks to the generosity of the artist, all proceeds go to our charitable work.

Visit the Sylva shop to find out more

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The making & playing of the OneOak sounding bowl

posted on March 9, 2012

Two videos of the OneOak Sounding Bowl have been released this week.

The first shows the making and turning processes by Tobias Kaye of Sounding Bowl-310, plus a second bowl that unfortunately developed a fatal split during the making process.

The second video is of Tobias Kaye playing Bowl-310 to demonstrate its beautiful deep melodic tones.

 

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Sylva online shop launched

posted on October 31, 2011
Sylva Online Shop

We are delighted to launch our online shop. We have some wonderful works of art arising from the OneOak project that many people have expressed interest in.  To launch the shop we are initially offering a rare opportunity for people to own a limited edition print of a pen and ink drawing by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet. Over the coming weeks and months we will be adding other artwork and products.

 The OneOak tree portrait

A stunning pen and ink portrait of the OneOak tree drawn by internationally renowned artist, and author of Botany for the Artist, Sarah Simblet. Generously donated to the Sylva Foundation by the artist. All proceeds from sales will be used for our charitable work. Only 100 limited edition prints have been made, and each hand signed and numbered by the artist.

Sarah Simblet is an artist, author and teacher of drawing at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford. Sarah made an original pen and ink drawing of the OneOak tree before it was felled in 2010. In the tradition of the teacher and art critic John Ruskin, her botanical drawings are a great aid to our understanding of the structure of plants by encouraging the viewer to study their intricate detail. Such meticulous drawings made by the human hand can be more compelling than photographs which are now commonplace in everyday life.

Printed with pigment-based inks on acid-free 310gsm FSC grade cotton rag paper, with UV coatings providing light-fastness in excess of 100 years. Double-mounted (where applicable) with off-white cotton rag board. All materials are sustainably sourced. Frames (where applicable) are made with FSC grade ash finished with natural wax.

For further information and prices visit our online shop.


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