I'm getting a lot of enquiries from botanical artists as to what progress has been made with "the Fabriano Artistico story" and the major change in how the paper behaves.
Below you will find
Fabriano Artistico and Botanical Art - the story so far
Fabriano Artistico has been much favoured by botanical artists for very many years. For many years it has been a surface which stands up to the demands of those wanting to create very precise paintings of botanical specimens
Then something changed. You may not have read my previous posts on this topic.
Plus I did an update for the Society of Botanical Artists Winter Bulletin - an extract from which summarises what has happened since the meeting with Fabriano last summer.
Fabriano have done some trials since the meeting. To date they have been unsuccessful at identifying what needs to be different to produce the old surface. This means no prospect of a change back to the old surface in the near future.
Many congratulations to Jacqui Pestell who was awarded an M.B.E. in the New Year's Honours List for her contribution to Botanical Art Education in Scotland.
Jacqui is the Director of Botanical Illustration at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
She has developed and is the Course Director for the very successful RBGE Diploma and RBGE Certificate Courses in Botanical Illustration.
The New Year Honours are announced formally in the London Gazette - in this case in Gazette 61803 for the New Years Honours List 2017 - see below for the specific announcement for Jacqui.
Jacqui Pestell trained at Trent Polytechnic and Goldsmiths in London, majoring
in textile and fashion, and Education of Art and Design. After working as a
textile designer for four years, she qualified as a teacher working in schools in
London while developing her reputation as a freelance illustrator, artist and
mural painter. Jacqui became the Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic
Garden Edinburgh in 1997 where she has established a reputation as a first class
teacher and botanical artist. Jacqui has helped to develop the classes in
Botanical Art and is now become the permanent Arts Education Officer within
RBGE. Jacqui is also responsible for developing the new Edinburgh Diploma in
The botanical art classes have become one of the most popular fixtures on the Garden’s Adult Education programme
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