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.