This original A4, flower pressed artwork has been painstakingly hand embroidered and adorned with pressed stems of flowers. Pressed flower artist Leah Nikolaou knows how to match perfectly the textures of the lace like, pressed cow parsley (anthriscus sylvestris) with the terracotta colours of the huge vase. The vase has been hand embroidered using a beautiful soft wool which compliments the refinement of the pressed flowers. This flower pressed art would make a wonderful gift as this genre of art keeps getting more collectible.
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 modern twentieth century design. The vase has beautiful huge leaves, like palm leaves which Leah captures with her use of different length embroidery stitches.
Embroidering into paper can be precarious with no room for error so these vase embroidery designs are carefully crafted, slowly. The flowers are pressed using tradition flower pressing techniques 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 and a feather stitch.
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. As well as collecting from wild self seeding local areas of beauty. Wild-flowers are a particular favourites of hers because they press so well and with such beauty, which is demonstrated in this one of a kind flower pressed artwork. Browse her whole collection of pressed flower art.