Pressed Flower Art Vase – Leah Nikolaou

pressed flower art vase, mounted on floral paper

Pressed Flower Art Vase

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This original A4, pressed flower artwork has been painstakingly hand embroidered and adorned with the most balletic of wildflowers.  Pressed flower artist Leah Nikolaou knows how to match perfectly, the textures of the chiffon y bluebells and forget-me-nots against the grey hues of the woolly cut glass vase.  The vase has been hand embroidered using a beautiful soft wool which compliments the refinement of the pressed flowers. 

Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide  x 297mm high

Frame is not included!


The 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 a more modern twentieth cut glass vase which has re-imagined with a woolly grey hue.  Leah has tried to emulate the pattern of the cut glass by using different length embroidery stitches.


Embroidering into paper can be precarious with no room for error so these vase embroidery designs are carefully crafted, slowly.  The flowers are pressed using tradition flower pressing techniques 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 wheel stitches and a feather stitch.


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.  As well as collecting from wild self seeding local areas of beauty.  Wild-flowers are a particular favourites of hers because they press so well and with such beauty, which is demonstrated in this one of a kind pressed flower art piece.