The exhibition brings together three remarkable people, Emma Bourke, glass artist from Ireland, Nathaniel Hughes, Medical Herbalist and Naturopathic Healer and Fiona Owen, fine artist and illuminator, both from Gloucestershire. 

Emma spent her formative years immersed in the natural surroundings of the West of Ireland and feels a connection to that specific landscape and its people, customs and native plant-life. She believes that an awareness of our heritage is essential for the development of identity and the contextualisation of our cultures. The recreation of the physical form of the plants in glass is a method of investigation. The process of flameworking a plant in glass, means she is scrutinising the physicality, scale and fragility of the organic object; a role  situated between that of the artist and that of the scientist. The element of silver in each piece creates a connection between the viewer and our inherited botanical knowledge. She created this new collection using her research into the traditional uses of plants to heal individual organs. 

Nathaniel Hughes is the founder of the School of Intuitive Herbalism, which has a close relationship with Ruskin Mill. The focus on all the explorations at the School is to learn directly from the plants, remembering how to listen.

This text, paintings and accompanying book have emerged from Nathaniel’s work and that of artist and herbal apprentice Fiona Owen. They have woven their dreaming together to create lyrical doorways into the plant world - inviting you into a question, not an answer. This work is intentionally non-didactic; each individual’s relationship with a plant is different, and their experience is that it is from this unique human-plant dynamic that true wisdom emerges.

The books and prints will be available to purchase within the festival shop. 

Exhibition times: 10am - 5pm, 23 to 26 August 2019. 

Free entry. 

Emma will present a talk on her work at 1pm Sunday 25 August.