I’m heading back home for the Christmas holiday tomorrow so wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a relaxing break- I know that I cannot wait for it!
I also wanted to thank you for your support in helping to make 2015 an exciting year for A Petal Unfolds. Hopefully there will be lots of new things in store for my flowers next year and more tales to tell.
I’ve published a Steller Story looking back over the last 12 months of paper flowers, with 12 of my favourite images from the year. You can take a look here.
Last week I was invited by Cath Kidston to make paper hydrangeas at their Spring/ Summer 2016 press day. A theme of their new collection is the hydrangea flower and the venue in London was beautifully decorated with real hydrangea blooms. I was asked to be at the event to demonstrate making paper hydrangeas myself and there were also a few places at the table for guests to stop and make a flower themselves with me if they wanted to.
I tried to prepare all the materials in advance, so that making a flower would be as simple as possible for people. I pre- made the flower centres and cut the flower petals and leaves out for people to choose the colours they wanted to use.
I really enjoyed meeting everyone and seeing their smiles when they were pleased with the flower they had made. Most people chose to make a small single flower from a bloom and this gave them a great taster of making paper flowers.
Thank you so much to Cath Kidston for inviting me along, the show and the new collection were so beautiful and I was thrilled to be a part of it.
If you would like me to craft flowers at your event, either to give to guests or to make flowers with them, please do get in touch.
Last March I was lucky to be contacted by the publishers Dorling Kindersley with regards to contributing DIY tutorials to their new book ‘Paper Craft’.
At first they commissioned me on two tutorials- Ranunculus and Cherry Blossom. This was later followed by a further 7 projects- Daisy, Anemone, Daffodil, Peony, Ranunculus Buttonhole, Flower Wreath and Flower Crown. I definitely had my hands full! I was asked to make the final pieces and to make sure that each step in the tutorial was also made up so that when the project was photographed I wouldn’t have to spend lengthy amounts of time making.
I attended 3 days of photo shoots just outside London and seeing my work photographed professionally by Dave King for the first time was really exciting. On each shoot there was also a hand model, who demonstrated the steps in the making process for the camera. I learnt so much about photography and styling during my time on these projects. As soon as I started photographing my work myself afterwards I could feel the influence of what I had learnt.
Congratulations to DK Books and to the other contributors and a special thank you to Sonia Moore at DK for being a great support throughout. There are 50 lovely projects included in the book ranging from paper cuts and quilling to origami.
Paper Craft has now been published and you can buy a copy of the book here