Japanese Pressed Flower Art – Leah Nikolaou

piece of japanese pressed flower art mounted and laying on a dried flower background
piece of japanese floral art laying on a table with magazines and pages of pressed flowers

Japanese Pressed Flower Art

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Original pressed flower art depicting a hand embroidered Japanese vase and pressed wildflowers.  Hand crafted by mixed media artist Leah Nikolaou, the pressed wildflowers look extremely dainty in their dried, pressed, willowy form! The vase was constructed by slowly hand stitching into paper using a vintage yarn by Jaeger.  It’s soft fluffy angora/ wool texture creates a delicateness that fully compliments the preserved flowers.

Artwork size A4 - 210mm wide  x 297mm high

Mount is not supplied!


Leah takes inspiration from the 17th century flower pressings of 17th Century Botanist called George Clifford who presented his pressed flowers, specimens from his travels in little 2D paper urns and vases. This method of displaying botanical pressings takes can be viewed in herbarium collections archived by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London.  

The design of the embroidery on the vase was inspired by a vintage vase with a sleek Japanese style.  With the hand embroidery harking back to the hand-craftsmanship of 17th Century England when crafts were skilled and treasured and passed down through generations as heirlooms.  Leah makes each of her pieces with longevity and a sense of value being at their core. 


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 Leah looks for.  The hand embroidery is stitched free hand using long and short satin stitches.


Leah Nikolaou enjoys works from her home and garden in rural Somerset where she grows she collects many of the wildflowers that she uses in her artwork.  Wildflowers are particular favourites of hers because they press so well and with such beauty.  Browse her whole collection of pressed flower art.