After the death of Barker’s father in 1912, Barker began submitting her art and poems to various magazines to support her mother and sister.
The Lavender Fairy
October 6, 2010 by Kathy
How many flowers do you know that have their own fairy?
The lavender fairy, created in 1923, captures the natural charm of this evocative herb. Cicely Mary Barker used watercolors to draw this romantic image.
She captured the innocence, joy and playfulness associated with lavender.
Barker was born in England on June 28, 1895. She suffered from epilepsy, and as a result was educated at home. She painted and enjoyed reading.Her training as an artist began with correspondence classes and in 1908, at the age of 13, Barker took night classes at Croydon School of Art.
Barker is known best for her whimsical fairies. She died peacefully at the age of 77 in 1973.
“Lavender Finds a Friend” is my favorite book written and illustrated by Barker. According to this book, “Every night when a plant has reached full bloom, a Flower Fairy is born.” When I look out at a field of lavender in the middle of July, I imagine the flower fairies all dancing to the music of summer.