Marie-Thérèse King - Batik Artist

Marie-Thérèse's designs under development for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

Marie-Thérèse KingMarie-Thérèse King has been working as a Batik painter for over 20 years. She takes her inspiration from the natural world and the environment around her in the beautiful Malvern Hills, where she lives with her partner and 9 year-old daughter. Marie-Thérèse captures the magic of wildlife, birds, butterflies, flora and fauna effortlessly in her beautiful pieces of art. She also practices glass engraving, completes private commissions and exhibits her work nationally.

Aquilegia and Honesty - click to go to Marie-Thérèse's online shop

Blackbirds on Crabapples - click to go to Marie-Thérèse's online shopMarie-Thérèse works in a beautiful corner of Herefordshire, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the busy world. The Art Cabin is located, most fittingly, on the grounds of a beautiful organic flower nursery, in Colwall. For ten years, she has run ‘EekBatik’ with a colleague, the focus of which is batik workshops in schools. The birth of EekBatik stemmed from Marie-Thérèse's passionate belief in the importance of promoting an understanding, interest and love for our natural world from an early age: “we can learn so much from our environment on so many levels. Children are our little pioneers, by encouraging awareness at a young age and promoting an understanding of the precious nature of our planet, we will secure the future of the natural world”.

Badger in the Moonlight - click to go to Marie-Therese's online shopMarie-Thérèse has been proud to complete over 500 giant batik paintings in schools nationally. One of these batik paintings was selected for the David Shepherd Foundation (Global Canvas Competition 2015) Award and subsequently exhibited in the Natural History Museum; other children’s batiks have been exhibited in The National Gallery.

Forthcoming otter design for Herefordshire Wildlife TrustMarie-Thérèse has joined forces with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust to produce six beautiful images featuring local wildlife. One of the ways in which the Trust hopes to ‘restore Herefordshire’s wildlife and engage people with the natural world’ (a quote from the Trust's ‘Mission’ Business Plan 2015–2020) is through raising awareness of protected and vulnerable species via an arts medium. Marie-Thérèse is currently in the process of developing these delightful designs (see work in progress images on this page, along with some of her existing designs).

Foremost in Marie-Thérèse’s mind in her new venture ‘Marie-Thérèse King Designs’, and in line with The National Wildlife Trust approach, is using the most environmentally friendly approaches possible. In development fox design for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust‘Marie-Thérèse King Designs’ sees the start of a fresh new collection of designs using screen printing as a medium. The designs produced for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust will be featured on a range of products using organic, fair-trade cotton and environmentally friendly dyes.

Owl sketches in preparation for Herefordshire Wildlife Trust commission workOnce up and running, the new Herefordshire Wildlife Trust shop, to be located in Queenswood Country Park, will be selling both baby garments and children’s t-shirts, bags, pencil cases, tea towels and a range of beautiful cards from Marie-Thérèse King Designs, all featuring the designs developed for the Trust. In addition to raising awareness of local vulnerable species, 15% of the profits from the ‘Marie-Thérèse King Designs’ that are sold by the Trust will benefit the Trust directly. These products will also be featured in our forthcoming online shop.

Marie-Thérèse will also be running a demonstration print workshop at Queenswood Country Park in the summer, so look out for the date for this in forthcoming newsletters.

You can find further details of Marie-Thérèse's work at www.mariethereseking.uk.

Skomer Puffins - click to go to Marie-Thérèse's online shopSummer Garden - click to go to Marie-Thérèse's online shop Extract from etched glass commission work - click to see more examples on Marie-Thérèse's website Red Admirals & Poppies - click to go to Marie-Thérèse's online shop