The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival takes place September 26th and 27th this year. In addition to the garlic farms, there are many independent vendors and craftspeople selling their beautiful artwork.
One of the vendors at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is ‘Wildflower Graphics’. They provide a selection of studio printed note cards, ceramic tiles, framed and mounted prints among other items with original illustrations of flowers based using the design language of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The original designs are produced by husband and wife team, Lynne and Richie Bittner.
Lynne explained producing each design is a long process and starts with her doing a line drawing. The drawing is developed into design which is scanned digitally. Then Lynne and Richie work together to add color and texture to produce the final digital image.
As a child, Lynne was always attracted to wildflowers, in her early 20s, purely by chance she came across the book ‘The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady’ which is a hand-written journal with watercolor studies of nature done by Edith Holden in 1906 in England and Scotland. Discovering the book was a transforming moment for Lynne and she began to teach herself to illustrate and watercolor wildflowers, though it took a while for her to actually pursue her dream of making a living by doing it. After a career doing custom carpentry and wanting a change, Lynne and Richie thought deeply about starting a business selling note cards. They followed their dream and founded Wildflower Graphics. Most of the illustrations are of wildflowers, but there are also a few illustrations of cultivated varieties as Lynne is a flower gardener as well.
Of the Garlic Festival, Lynne says “We always love being out among customers that appreciate what we do and enjoy the wonderful feedback from customers at the festival. There’s a festive atmosphere, people just love being there. The smell of garlic cooking and the entertainment, Morris dancing – the organizers do a great job.”
There will be some new designs at this year’s Garlic Festival! – stop by their booth and take a look.
Lynne and Richie are always on the lookout for additional retail outlets for their cards – if you have any suggestions please let them know via their website (click here).