Kilcoe Studios Calendar

In 2012 I did illustrations for the Brown Envelope Seeds catalogue. Brown Envelope Seeds is a small family company only a few miles from Kilcoe Studios.They save and sell mainly vegetable seeds for gardeners { link to BES }. Whilst painting the images, we thought that as it is such a seasonal business it would it be nice to also do a calendar while we were at it !

This theme then led nicely to carry on to do another one the next year on the theme of the Fruit and Vegetable garden. Slowly then over the next few years I moved more and more into focusing on mainly our native plants.

I am an artist who is interested in plants but I have no previous academic knowledge, so the annual exploration of a new set of plants is so fascinating as there is so much more than the basic plants names we might all know.  The education that our children get today on our wild plants as far as the curriculum is concerned is not great, and judging by my own knowledge before now it was not great before! So I hope each year that the Calendar can bring more knowledge of our plants to a wide audience .

Here I have compiled all the past Calendars so you can see the images from the pages and also read the text. I hope that the Calendar has given people who would not normally go through a whole nature book a chance to read small snippets of interesting bits and pieces.

2014 Calendar

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2015 Calendar

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2016 Calendar

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2017 Calendar

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2018 Calendar

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2019 Calendar

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2020 Calendar

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I pass on anything that challenges me digitally. My trusted graphic designer Jonathan does a great job each year in getting it all together. For the first Calendar, we developed a format and design that worked, so we have had no need to change it since then, and I give a lot of the credit to Jonathan for this! 

I give some of the credit also for the decision to do an A4 size to my late grandmother who lived until just 2 weeks before her 99th birthday. When I started the Calendar she was in her late 80s and fit and able and was delighted to have such a perfect and personal gift to send to people both at home and abroad for Christmas. The first year I did the Brown Envelopes Seed Calendar in a larger format and I got word back that my Grandmother was going mad trying to find the right envelopes to send them in. This dilemma stayed with me when printing the next year and so the easy to post A4 Calendar was born!

I know today that is pretty important to people especially to those posting abroad during the recent pandemic Christmas in 2020.