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Studio Visit: A Botanical Artist’s Farmhouse Atelier in the UK

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Studio Visit: A Botanical Artist’s Farmhouse Atelier in the UK

March 2, 2022

It’s the smallest details of natural ephemera that most captures Bath, UK-based artist Lucy Augé. “On bike rides through the Somerset countryside, I pause now and again when something catches my eye: the shape of the brambles or a cluster of birch leaves blowing in the wind,” she says. Then she transports these found clippings and cuttings back to her studio—in an old stone farmhouse—and paints from life.

Julie first stumbled on Augé’s work via Instagram (@lucyauge_art), and we’ve since been enamored of her ethereal, evocative studies of leaves and vines, shadows and light. Augé began her career as an illustrator, but during a time of healing, she turned to nature, painting the flowers in her garden, then venturing further, into the English landscape. Her works are made with sustainability and longevity in mind (all assembled to archival standards, she says, and designed to last for generations). Now, she sells her work worldwide (though without the go-between of a gallery; she prefers to connect more directly with those who follow her work).

Today we’re taking a look inside Augé’s current studio in the Somerset countryside, the perfect site for setting out on walks and then returning, again, to work.

(N.B. Augé is the artist behind the botanical sketches in our forthcoming book, Remodelista in Maine: A Design Lover’s Guide to Inspired, Down-to-Earth Style, available now for pre-order. For more info, head here.)

Photography by Roo Lewis (@roolewis).

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Above: “The studio space is situated in a run-down farmhouse that is currently being renovated by owner Mel Calver (@re_rooting),” says Augé; it’s an interim workspace while Augé searches for a space of her own. “For now, it’s the perfect spot to work as it is so connected to nature, and I have the freedom to walk through the countryside looking for things to paint.”
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Above: The farmhouse studio, with its old stone walls, is a fitting place for Augé to work. She uses archival materials in her work, “ensuring it’s an heirloom for generations to come,” she says.
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Above: A trio of Augé’s black and white etchings on Hahnemühle paper, which “resists deterioration for centuries,” Augé says.
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Above: “The studio is always full of cuttings waiting to be painted,” says Augé. “I paint from life, then distort the original image by cutting it into segments and rearranging the panels into an abstract piece. It becomes an ethereal, intangible capturing of nature’s respiration.”
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Above: Augé in her studio.
Above L: “For my board works, I use Okawara paper composed of kozo fibers, sulphite, and recycled washi yielding, machine-made in a small family-run factory in Kochi, Japan,” says Augé. Above R: “These international papers are sourced from small independent businesses based in the UK.”
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Above: Augé on a walk through the Somerset countryside, armfuls of brambles and branches in tow.

N.B.: Augé sends a new catalogue of work to her mailing list each season; sign up to be notified here.

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