Pressed Flower Vase Artwork – Leah Nikolaou

Artwork showing an embroidered vase of pressed bluebells and forget me nots in a white double mount.  The artwork is laying on handmade paper with little pressed flowers and dried flowers around the border.

Pressed Flower Vase Artwork

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How balletic wildflowers are in their chiffony pressed form!  Their satiny colours the perfect match for the fluffy silver 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.  

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 my 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