Worthing Artist Teaches Botanical Illustration To Support The Homeless

Illustrator Sarah Edmonds (l) and Emmaus Brighton Chief Executive Christine Squince (r) on the Greenhouse Terrace (2048x1365)

An artist from Worthing has been using her talents to raise money for a local Homeless charity. Illustrator Sarah Edmonds taught an Alternative Botanical Illustration workshop at Emmaus Brighton & Hove on Wednesday 8th August. Ticket sales from the sold-out event raised funds for the Emmaus Greenhouse project.

Attendees used watercolour paints and pencils to create a number of artworks each and the workshop ended with a show-and-tell session for people to share their work with the rest of the group. The event took place on the Greenhouse terrace, where participants were surrounded by an interesting mixture of outdoor plants, patio furniture and garden gnomes.

The artist Sarah Edmonds said “Everyone created completely unique pieces and it was great to have so much greenery on the table to inspire the workshop. I loved watching the group getting to know the materials, at first making careful marks and then becoming more playful with colours and shapes. By the end of the workshop we had a really vibrant display of truly delicious illustrations!”

The Greenhouse social enterprise was launched at Emmaus in 2012 and sells home-grown plants alongside a vast selection of second hand and handmade gardening goods, most of which are donated by members of the public.

The Greenhouse can be found in the conservatory at the back of the Emmaus Second hand Superstore and amongst other things is home to a secret Seed Swap drawer, as well as a ‘living table’ which displays succulents and cacti for sale. The terrace provides a spacious outdoor setting for a programme of art and craft workshops which have so far included macramé plant hangers and painting concrete pots.

Christine Squince, Chief Executive of Emmaus Brighton & Hove said “Seeing the Greenhouse terrace being used as the backdrop for the workshop was a great joy. It was lovely to see Sarah and the group enjoying the learning of a new skill and I saw some great illustrations and very happy participants at the end of the session.

“For Emmaus, the workshops enable us to rethink how we use our buildings and spaces for different types of events. We are so lucky to be able to partner with creative, talented people who live and work in our city to deliver the workshops. So far it’s proving to be a great success and we will definitely be aiming to work with Sarah and other artistic partners in future.”

 Sarah will be holding another workshop at Emmaus in September and in the meantime can be found at The ONCA gallery on St George’s Place between 15th and 23rd August where she will be holding her interactive Alphabetown exhibition along with a series of family workshops.

Emmaus are always keen to receive donations of healthy plants and good quality gardening items to keep the Greenhouse shop stocked. Unwanted items can be dropped in in person or for collection of larger items such as garden furniture you can call the Emmaus team on 01273 426 480.