This original piece of A4 poodle art has been painstakingly hand embroidered and adorned with pressed flowers. Artist Leah Nikolaou has perfectly matched the lilacs and powder blue colours of the pressed flowers with the fluffy grey wool of the poodle embroidery. The vase has been hand embroidered using a vintage Jaeger wool which was a wonderfully soft angora/wool mix. The wool compliments the refinement of the pressed flowers beautifully.
Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide x 297mm high
Frame is not included!
This method of displaying botanical pressings in little vases and urns 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 cut out paper vessels. However the vase she based her piece on was more contemporary twentieth century piece of pottery by McCoy.
The slow work of the hand embroidery harks back to the hand-craftsmanship of 17th Century England when crafts were skilled and treasured. I’d love this piece to be treasured and appreciated in the same way that craft was back then!
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 woven wheels and french knots.
Leah Nikolaou enjoys works from her home and garden in rural Somerset where she grows she collects many of the wild-flowers that she uses in her artwork. Wild-flowers are particular favourites of hers because they press so well and with such beauty which is demonstrated in this one of a kind poodle embroidery. Browse the entire collection of pressed flower art.