Botanic euro *organic cotton


Our new Botanic euro continues our celebration of the natural world.  We fell in love with these images and were thrilled to find they were painted by an early woman artist and Natural History scientist.

Standard euro size of 65 x 65cm (25.5" x 25.5")

Digitally printed on organic cotton sateen.
The back of this cushion is unbleached organic cotton.
Back opening is secured with fold over fabric - no zipper.

Made in Australia

Featuring water colour sketches by Helen Sharp from her book Watercolor sketches of plants of North America and Europe.  1888 - 1910 via the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Helen Sharp was a botanical artist who produced 8 watercolor albums which include about 1,000 compositions drawn between 1888-1910. In her compositions, Sharp also included background pencil sketches depicting flowering plants, leaves, or seeds, as well as labels with Latin botanical and common names, geographic locations, and dates.
These beautiful images have been made available by the generous Biodiversity Heritage Library open access project.

Some more about Helen from the BHL website.

"Sharp's talent was recognised during her lifetime. In the early 1890s, she served as a classroom assistant for a teacher training program in botany, organised by the Boston Society of Natural History. She was elected a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1898 and exhibited her works at the Boston Society of Natural History, Boston Public Library, and Brookline Public Library.
The first 16 albums contain sketches of plants from Sharp's native New England. She also traveled throughout Europe and Bermuda, and plants from these regions are the subject of albums 17 and 18 respectively."