Have you ever drawled over the herbarium collections archived by the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London? I have, but as those rare botanical specimens will never grace our walls I decided to bring you my own botanical artworks that can! The pressed flowers of 17th Century Botanist George Clifford are my favourites, I love the way he presented his specimens in little 2D paper urns and vases, so I decided to do the same. Not wanting to limit my materials to paper and flowers I also incorporate super soft embroidery to help take you back to that time when artisan crafts were treasured. I love the fact pressed wildflowers, garden flowers and grasses are elegantly simple and teamed with my unique embroidered planters, urns and vases also timeless.
I also wanted to incorporating the contemporary phenomenon of bringing ‘hygge’ meaning cosiness and wellness into the home. I created this piece to satisfy the senses with its fluffy, toasty, super soft characteristics. I use recycled materials in my artworks where I can opting for recycled brown paper and vintage yarns when I’m able to source. This piece is made using a vintage fluffy angora yarn by Jaeger. 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
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