AN exhibition of new original botanical-themed work for summer has gone on display in the visitor centre at the Yorkshire Arboretum, near Castle Howard.

Flora includes work by northern artists Shirley Vauvelle and Corinne Young.

The friends regularly show their work together, though they work in very different media.

They are inspired by gardens, landscape and the coast near where they live and work. They both exhibit nationally and internationally.

Corinne’s textile pieces are 3D and are hand and machine-embroidered onto fabric, or her own handmade linen paper. Her floral and insect studies have a historic feel, inspired by her passion for antiques.

In addition to framed pieces, recent works have included embroidered wall features, stump work caskets and pressed plant artworks for a London restaurant.

Corinne’s work has been featured in several UK galleries and in many local and national publications.

Corinne said: “I am very much looking forward to returning to the arboretum after a very successful show last year.

“The landscape is truly inspiring, and one of the most magnificent areas in Yorkshire.”

Alongside developing her ceramic and driftwood pieces, Shirley works on mixed media canvases.

These are built-up with layers of colour, texture, marks and patterns, until the right feel and balance is achieved.

Shirley’s botanical earthenware plaques are slab built and impressed with the wide range of plants she grows in her garden on the east coast near Filey.

The surface is coloured with slips, oxides and under glazes. These are fired two or three times in an electric kiln.

In 2015 Shirley was commissioned to produce an installation for the Hilton Hotel in Venice.

Her work and studio have recently been featured on Channel 4’s programme Homes by the Sea and in magazines both in the UK, America and Canada.

The Flora exhibition is at the Yorkshire Arboretum until August 31, from 10am to 4pm. For more information, phone 01653 648598 or go to