Modern Pressed Flower Art – Leah Nikolaou

hand embroidered jug art with pressed flowers
pressed bluebells and wildflowers in a hand embroidered jug artwork.

Modern Pressed Flower Art

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If you are looking for a piece of modern pressed flower art, look no further.  Flower pressing expert and hand embroiderer Leah Nikolaou creates unique pieces using her signature mix of materials, pressed flowers and wool. 

Artwork Details

This piece of mixed media artwork is A4 in size and is a one off original piece.  The collage of pressed flora and hand embroidered paper is displayed on a quality watercolour paper.  The wild-flowers appear balletic and dainty in their pressed form!  Their velvety colours the perfect match for the fluffy clay coloured jug in this modern pressed flower art.  

Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide  x 297mm high

Frame is not included!

Artwork Inspiration

This method of displaying 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.  Leah decided to bring you the same concept whilst also adding embroidery to her paper vessels three centuries later!  

The hand embroidery harks back to the hand-craftsmanship of 17th Century England when crafts were skilled and treasured and passed down through generations as heir looms.  Leah makes each of her pieces with longevity and a sense of value been at their core. 


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 Leah looks for.  The hand embroidery is stitched free hand using long and short satin stitches.


Leah Nikolaou enjoys works from her home and garden in rural Somerset where she grows many of the flowers she uses in her modern pressed flower art.  Browse her entire collection of modern pressed flower art.