The Society of Botanical Artists

The Society was founded by a group of Botanical artists over 30 years ago, and now comprises of over 120 members. As a Society we hold one large exhibition every year, and members are currently working on an pieces for an exhibition which will be held at the Palmengarten in Frankfurt, Germany. We hold an exhibition biennially in Central London too. This calendar is interwoven with regional and themed exhibitions all over the country and abroad.

Applying to be a member of the SBA was something I had never even considered until I had a conversation with my neighbour, Alice Harman SBA. Being a jeweller I assumed that an artist’s society was no place for me.

My plant inspired work has always been botanically inspired, and often very correct as quite often I use the botanical specimen to create the imprint on my silver. I use a technique called roller texturing which I learnt at college, as every jewellery student does. Once I left college this technique became the main focus for my work, I usually concentrated on leaves and flowers.

I offered my work for selection for the Open Exhibition and a few years down the line, my work having been selected every year, I was very pleased to be offered Associate and then Full membership. Over time I have seen the Societies’ exhibitions as a focus to create slightly more challenging and sculptural pieces. These have been very well received both by the Society, and my customers.

I was very honoured to be asked to design and make Sandra Wall-Armitage our President’s leaving present earlier this year. Which was presented to her at the Society’s AGM.

I am constantly looking for new inspiration in my surroundings, a walk in the countryside, around the garden or at the beach is always an excuse for a photo shoot to seek out the next piece of inspiration.


Ups and downs

A bit of an odd week this week work wise!!!

I’m in the midst of getting ready for various ehibitions at the moment, but its also a time when I hear about several exhibitions I applied to take part in March.

I received a letter toady from Craft in the Bay, a great gallery in Cardiff Bay who hold an exhibition in the summer for various selected British craft makers,

unfortunately it was to advise me that I hadn’t been selected this year! I will apply next year and see what happens.

I have also had an email from the MADE 2012 – Brighton selection panel to say that I had been unsuccessful with that application too. However, I will pursist on this one too,

I believe that my work is of a very high standard so just needs to be chosen, my customer can’t be wrong can they?!

The ups this week are that I went to London today to recieve my diploma from the Societ of Botanical Artists. I was selected to be a full member after a six year application and selection

process. I was really pleased to be selected, I am one of only a handful of jewellers who can exhibit along side a membership of mainly botanical painters.

Another up is that my studio extention is nearing completion, can’t wait!!!!