Dried Flowers In A Hand Embroidered Vase – Leah Nikolaou

Dried Flowers In A Hand Embroidered Vase
hand embroidered artwork of a vintage jug with dried flowers

Dried Flowers In A Hand Embroidered Vase

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How sculptural the garden perennial london pride or saxifraga x urbium is in it’s pressed dried state with little pink, red and white accents popping from the darker botanical branches.  The definite outlines are in stark contrast to the soft feathery hand embroidery that adorns the vase but they meet in a harmonious union.  These two practises of flower pressing and hand embroidery represent two phenomenons first popularised three centuries apart from each other.   In 17th Century England Botanists collected and pressed flowers and plants for scientific as well as ornamental purposes.  I’m inspired specifically by a 17th Century Botanist called George Clifford who presented his pressed flowers, specimens from his travels in little 2D paper urns and vases.   I love juxtaposing botany with hygge, the contemporary phenomenon of bringing cosiness and wellness into the home.  I created this floral artwork to indulge 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 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