Special edition prints from The New Sylva to be auctioned

Some 80 special edition prints from The New Sylva are to be auctioned to raise money for charity.

The Sylva Foundation – the charity that supported the production of the book by appointing Sarah Simblet as its artist-in-residence – will be auctioning the prints via an online auction site.

The fine art Giclée prints will be selected from the 200 original drawings made especially for the book, and are sure to include those that readers have told us are among their favourites. Each print will be a single edition – signed by Sarah Simblet – accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by both book authors.

We wanted to inform our dedicated readers first. This is a unique opportunity to own a high quality print of Sarah Simblet’s work.

If you are interested in being among the first to know when the auction goes live, you can add your email to a list being compiled by the Sylva Foundation. Simply use the form below.

All proceeds for the auction will go towards the charitable work of the Sylva Foundation

New Sylva exhibition film

Sarah Simblet talks about her part in creating The New Sylva in a film sponsored by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to celebrate the opening, today, of the Sylva Exhibition.

 

Read more about the exhibition at RBGE

 

 

Sarah Simblet master class in drawing

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Sarah Simblet recently talked about the making of The New Sylva and gave a Master Class in drawing at Cal Lutheran University in California. One of the attendees has written an interesting blog post about the class. Read more on the Art by Vreeke blog

Authors to speak at Oxford event – 30th November

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Authors Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet will both be speaking about The New Sylva at an event to be held in Oxford on 30th November.

The one day course, hosted the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, is being co-organised by forestry charity The Sylva Foundation. The day course is open for anyone with an interest in trees and woodlands.

England’s woodlands have provided for our needs for many centuries, leading to a strong culture of appreciating and using wood, however in recent decades their care and management has declined. Additionally our woodlands are now facing unprecedented threats from environmental change, pests and diseases. Some have heralded 2013 as a turning point for the fortunes of English Woodlands. Hear and discuss how a revival of a ‘wood culture’ in England may lead to sustainable woodlands and greater quality of home-grown timber products.

Gabriel Hemery will talk about the work of John Evelyn in the 17th Century and the writing of The New Sylva to be published in 2014. A later session by co-author and artist Sarah Simblet, from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, will follow the making of 200 botanical, tree and forestscape drawings made especially for the book. They will be joined by TV presenter and journalist Robert Penn who will talk of his latest project honouring the ash tree in Britain. Nick Brown from Oxford University will explain the vital role of research carried out in woodlands owned by the university. The Sylva Foundation’s Alistair Yeomans will explain the role of the Good Woods project and how B&Q have injected financial support and enthusiasm into improving the condition of England’s trees and forests.

Book online

Places are limited. For more information about the course and to took book your place, click here.

Norway spruce drawings in progress (2)

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The latest photograph of Sarah Simblet’s drawing in progress of Norway spruce collected from Westonbirt Arboretum – read the full story.

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Norway spruce drawing in progress (2) by Sarah Simblet