Contemporary art print of a 'lady head vase' of pressed flowers.
This design was inspired by a ceramic 'head vase' otherwise known as a 'lady head vase' or 'head planter'. These vases became very popular during the 1950s with their appeal lasting well into the 1970s. They were usually in the shape of a head or bust and were always women.
Taking the 'head vase' as her still life subject Leah's art also focuses on preserving the fragility of nature. Many of the flowers in Leah's art are nurtured, hand picked and pressed from her garden in Guildford. The wool used for the embroidery she sources from UK yarn companies who hand dye in very small batches. This unique element adding an heirloom appeal.
The original artwork from which this print was taken was embroidered into recycled brown paper with a chunky DK yarn, the precarious process itself made this element of the design as fragile as the pressed flowers and petals. One wrong move and the piece would turn into a huge ripped hole. Holding the fragile paper at just the right angles when stitching and pulling the needle in only one direction allowed Leah to develop her method of embroidery.
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A PRINT OF THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK!
Sizes available in this print:
A4 size, 8.3 x 11.7" (210 x 297 mm).
Printed on a quality fine art paper called giclée paper.