Monday, 19 September 2016

Pressing Matters


While in the process of handling and pressing dozens of exquisite freesia blooms, I began planning post card size vignettes invoking ideas of memory, loss, wit, and nostalgia.


Steel Heart
Miss Conception


I combined the pressed flowers with embroidery, relief printed images, stitch, ephemera, drawing, and language.


Red Shoes


How To

Headspace


Pressing flowers, petals or leaves, has persisted for hundreds of years as a memory keeping method of preserving plant material, perhaps a blossom from a loved one, received in response to heartfelt love, or a tragic loss or simply picked up in a meadow on a special day; a fragment of an intimacy shared. 


The End

And Then It Poured

Don't Hold Your Breath

Heart Throb

Please Write

Post


Pressing was also useful as a record keeping of a more pragmatic sort, a way to preserve plants specimens for identification and cataloguing by plant explorers and botanists. The process is sometimes used for art-making.


Plant Life


One and Only

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