How elegant wildflowers and garden flowers are in their preserved pressed forms! Their lilac and powder blue colours the perfect match for the fluffy poodle planter in this botanical artwork. This method of displaying my botanical pressings takes inspiration from herbarium collections archived by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London. Specifically one 17th Century Botanist called George Clifford who presented his pressed flowers, specimens from his travels in little 2D paper urns and vases. I decided to bring you the same concept whilst also adding embroidery to my paper vessels three centuries later! The hand embroidered vases and urns incorporate the contemporary phenomenon of bringing ‘hygge’ meaning cosiness and wellness into the home. I created this piece to satisfy your senses with its fluffy, toasty, super soft characteristics. Inspired also by a vintage poodle planter, I hope that this loyal grey poodle will bring a smile to your face day after day!
The hand embroidery also harks back to the hand-craftsmanship of 17th Century England when crafts were skilled and treasured. Embroidering into paper can be precarious with no room for error so these pieces are carefully crafted, slowly. The flowers are pressed using tradition flower pressing methods which take weeks, sometimes months to achieve the papery fine refinement I’m looking for.
You’ll love the fact that I’ve done all of the slow work and these pieces come already ‘double mounted’ ready for framing. Double mounting is the method I use to frame botanical artwork due to the raised embroidered texture. This means both the flowers and embroidery aren’t squished against the glass frames.
Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide x 297mm high
Double mount Size - 280 wide x 347mm high