This beautiful A5 pressed flower print features an enamelled jug which looks hand embroidered, with textural stitches and is filled with pressed sprigs of London pride, otherwise know by their Latin name, saxifraga x urbium.
This illustrated art print by Textile artist Leah Nikolaou was based on an original piece of handmade artwork that she had created, of an embroidered jug filled with real sprigs of pressed flowers. Leah used a range of embroidery stitches in the original creation which included woven wheel stitches, a feather stitch, a whipped back stitch and long a short satin stitches. The springs of flower she had hand pressed using a traditional flower press and flowers sourced from her neighbours garden.
This stunning art print is perfect for decorating your walls or as gifts for friends and family. It is one of four prints illustrated in this style depicting vases and jugs of flowers.
Approx 148 mm wide x 210mm high.
This pressed flower illustration has been printed on a thick museum quality paper made from hemp. Leah enjoys experimenting with sustainable paper options for her art prints.
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.
Pressed Flower ARTIST
Leah Nikolaou enjoys works from her home and garden in rural Somerset where she grows and collects many of the different flowers that she uses in her artwork. Pressing these sprigs of London pride was an experiment after her daughter was given a little collection of flowers by their neighbour during covid lock-down. At the time Leah was hard landscaping her garden which was bare of flowers and her young daughter was grateful for material to play with in her mud kitchen. These few little sprigs were saved to make this pressed flower print.