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There are an endless variety of flowers in the world and choosing which to make in paper is hard. I’m glad I got around to making Ranunculus; they are uncompromisingly beautiful.

 

MATTER + FLOWER { JACK FROST }

 

 

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One of the prettiest and most amazing natural phenomena is what happens when flowers are kissed by Jack Frost. Ice crystals form on the edges of each petal and make the most incredible texture and pattern.

One very cold day last month I made this piece – my interpretation of winter romance.

xo

 

MATTER + FLOWER {NOUVEAU PEONY }

Its been a busy few months – mostly involving making lots of flowers and experimenting with new petal shapes and kinds of paper. I’ve been working mostly with crepe, but for these new Peonies, I used some lovely bleached tissue. It think the effect is more Peony -like than stiff crepe. Oh, I should mention that I’ve been very inspired by Paper to Petal, a great book by  Rebecca Thuss and Richard Farrell, a wonder duo who create really imaginative and colourful blooms. My Peony has a similar structure and feel.

It’s just in the works now, but the most exciting news is that I may teach these at an upcoming workshop. More details coming soon!

MATTER + FLOWER { MONOCHROMATIC ROSE }

 

This style of monochromatic rose has popped up on some of my personal paper flower idols’ Tiffanie Turner and Jennifer Tran’s Instagram, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I found that taking natural colour contrast away helped me focus on the way the petals and calyx (the little leafy part under the petals), and the leaves all interacted.

I’m certainly going to incorporate these into my work – esp. the ‘ghost rose’, which I’m slightly obsessed with.

 

MATTER + FLOWER { WHITE ROSE }

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When we lived in Osaka, there was a tiny coffee shop named White Rose. There were tiny tables and chairs with scratchy covers and old smoke stained curtains covering the tiny windows that overlooked a busy shopping street. The coffee was strong and good but the cake tasted faintly like cigarettes. It was run by a lovely old couple, who we never saw smoking. It became something of a legend among our group of friends.

This giant rose has little to do with that. An interesting commission. I’ve never worked on anything of this scale before – the diameter is about 40cm. I learned a lot about the versatility and limits of crepe paper (I used a thick double sided to make this work), and about the structure of roses. I stared at rose petals for ages! Of course, I had to use some imagination, too.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

MATTER + FLOWER {THROAT OF WINTER}

I spent this morning gilding a raccoon skull.

It came into my life a couple of years ago, given to me as a gift from my landscaper chums, who found it in a garden. I bleached it and applied gold leaf and was pleased.

Obviously, it needed some flowers to adorn it, so I made some red Anemone with sparkly centres (too detailed to see here) and some fancy foliage and nestled it in there nice and cozy.

I feel like this is a return to doing some darker work, which I frankly favour. So.

MATTER + FLOWER {LOTUS}

Another commission from J.T.

The Lotus is so delicate, and yet so perfect and precise and consistent. I tried to convey  a little of that in this piece.

So, instead of using petals whose colour intensified at the base, I used several different shades to convey that gradation. The leaves are stylized in a green gray pearl colour.

MATTER + FLOWER {WINTER WINDOW BOUQUET }

We woke up to the first really cold day in Toronto this winter.

I get to spend a little part of my day sitting in bed looking out the big window in our bedroom. Today, the sky was blue. The smoke from the chimneys of the houses and apartments was gray and the big building on the corner was a strange shade of pink.

So, I made this, to be all that.