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Westonbirt Arboretum supports The New Sylva

posted on June 6, 2013

The authors of The New Sylva have been searching for a few elusive botanical specimens to illustrate for the book. Last week they visited one of the best locations for any tree hunter: Britain’s national arboretum at Westonbirt, in Gloucestershire, which features some 2,500 different tree species.

They required samples from a number of conifer species that, within a single branch, had to feature foliage (needles) together with this season’s young cones and mature cones produced the previous year. The best specimens are found on mature trees and so are often far beyond reach. With help from Forestry Commission staff a 5m telescopic pruning pole was used for some sampling, whilst for material higher up, the tree had to be climbed and the samples gently lowered to the ground.

Norway Spruce climbing at Westonbirt Arboretum

Norway Spruce climbing at Westonbirt Arboretum for The New Sylva, directed by Sylva’s Artist-in-Residence Sarah Simblet

Since the visit, our Artist-in-Residence Sarah Simblet has started work on drawing the specimens, including some foliage and cones of Norway spruce collected from high up a large tree.

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

Norway spruce drawings in progress by Sarah Simblet

Sylva is planning to collaborate with Westonbirt Arboretum during 2014 to promote the importance of our wood culture: more information will be provided on this soon.


For the latest news about the making of The New Sylva, to be published by Bloomsbury in April 2014, visit the author’s blog: www.NewSylva.com

 


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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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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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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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