The ‘Barnsdale Gardens Batik Collection’ to be launched this summer

Barnsdale Gardens is proud to announce that Marie-Thérèse King, an esteemed wildlife artist, specialising in the ancient art of Batik, is coming to Barnsdale for a second year.

She will be exhibiting and selling her unique and exquisite artworks in The Studio, where you can meet the artist, watch her work on new designs and be the first to see her new ‘Barnsdale Gardens Batik Collection’ of artworks, inspired by the wonderful gardens which are based in the East Midlands.

The 'Barnsdale Gardens Batik Collection' to be launched this summer

The ‘Barnsdale Gardens Batik Collection’ to be launched this summer

The collection will include:

Delphinium and Cardoons – This design combines the silvery green leaves of the cardoon (artichoke thistle) with the endless tones of blues and purples that make up the tall, elegant delphinium flowers.
Crocosmia and Echinacea – This piece details a vibrant mix of stems from the gardens of bright orange crocosmia, purple sweet peas, pink echinacea and all the butterflies and bees that enjoy feeding on them.

These are just 2 pieces, there are many more in the pipeline, each original will be on sale at Barnsdale during the exhibition, and some will have a very limited edition of prints available.

Marie-Thérèse said “I’m delighted to be exhibiting my art again up at Barnsdale. I’m currently working away on a series of designs which are the Barnsdale collection, inspired by the amazing gardens there, each artwork will be unique to this special place, seen through my eyes as an artist.  The thing that struck me was how many butterflies, birds and bees live alongside the flowers, shrubs and grasses, each area is different, and there are so many fabulous colour combinations. I love working with colour and line, all my pieces start with drawings, then they get translated into artworks either in collages or batik.”

Nick Hamilton owner of Barnsdale Gardens stated “Marie-Therese spent 2 weeks with us up at Barnsdale Gardens last year and worked here as artist in residence. The studio at garden number 38 was set up to exhibit her exquisite batik artworks and drawings. This year they are inspired by our gardens here at Barnsdale and will add an interesting element for our customers, who will be able to enjoy the gardens which are full of roses in June. Our customers can take a memory of our gardens away with them in the form of some of her original batik art, drawings, or even a lampshade

Marie-Thérèse teaches workshops in printmaking, cyanotype, batik and collage and is hosting one of these at Barnsdale Gardens on 23rd June, 2024, which has proved so popular that it has already sold out!

Marie-Thérèse will also be organising an Art Holiday retreat in Portugal consisting of sun, printing, drawing and birdwatching, you can read more about this on the link below
Dates for this years art holiday are the 4th – 11th May 2024

For more info, visit Marie-Thérèse’s website here:

There’s plenty to see and do all year round at Barnsdale Gardens!

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