This original A4, dried flower and vase artwork has been painstakingly hand embroidered and adorned with pressed flowers and presses grasses. Dried flower artist Leah Nikolaou knows how to match the colours of the pressed grasses and delicate purple bluebells with the terracotta colours of the floral jug perfectly. The vase used here is a jug that's been hand embroidered using a beautiful soft wool which compliments the refinement of the pressed flowers. This dried flower and vase artwork would make a wonderful gift as pictures of dried flower arrangements are a collectable subject.
Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide x 297mm high
Mount is not supplied!
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 pottery jug. The pottery jug has beautiful floral details carved into the clay 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.
Dried Flower ARTIST
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 dried flower and vase artwork. Browse her whole collection of pressed flower art.