Teapot Artwork In The Shape Of A Bird – Leah Nikolaou

pressed flower s in a bird shaped vase art.
bird-shaped jug / vase with pressed wildflowers, artwork.

Teapot Artwork In The Shape Of A Bird

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This original pressed flower art has been painstakingly hand embroidered and adorned with pressed flowers.  Artist Leah Nikolaou knows how to match the colours of the diaphanous pressed flowers and delicate green olive branches with the earthen colours of the bird teapot.  Teamed together their beauty sings from the page.  The vase has been hand embroidered using a beautiful soft wool which compliments the refinement of the pressed flowers perfectly.

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 contemporary twentieth century piece of pottery.  The pottery teapot was made in the shape of a bird, with details carved into the face and wings which Leah captures with her use of different embroidery stitches.


Embroidering into paper can be precarious with no room for error so these teapot embroidery designs 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, a feather stitch 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, especially bluebells are a particular favourites of hers because they press so well and with such beauty which is demonstrated in this one of a kind teapot artwork.  Browse her whole collection of original pressed flower art.