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Paper Christmas Makes

Happy New Year and I hope you had a great festive period. I thought I would start the new year by sharing some photos of the Christmas products I made and sold through my Etsy shop over the last few months.

Paper Fuchsia Christmas Tree Decorations

Paper Fuchsia Decorations A Petal Unfolds

Paper Fuchsia flowers by A Petal Unfolds

Christmas Cactus

Paper Christmas Cactus by A Petal Unfolds

Paper Strawberry Decorations & Mistletoe

I got the idea for making strawberries from seeing a festive photograph on the Instagram feed of florists Swallows and Damsons

Paper Christmas Makes by A Petal Unfolds

Paper Strawberries by A Petal Unfolds

Paper Mistletoe Decoration by A Petal Unfolds

This year, I’m going to change the way I sell flowers online, moving away from making flowers to order and instead spending time making flowers over a month or so and then selling them in limited numbers in one go. I feel this will give me more time to experiment and more freedom to focus on new pieces and projects.

I’ve also updated this site with a new email newsletter sign up form in the footer of each page, so you can keep up to date with new workshop dates and events. I’m also sharing a paper flower making tip in each newsletter so if you would like to sign up, the form is at the bottom of each of my web pages.

Hope you have an amazing 2017!

London Design Festival 2016 with Quill London

As part of London Design Festival 2016 I installed paper hydrangeas in the window of stationers Quill London, which were on show from the 17th- 25th September. In total I made 1700 tiny hydrangea flowers in just over two weeks. Visitors to the installation could also learn to make a flower themselves and add it to the display.

Quill Window London Design Festival

London Design Festival Paper Flowers

London Design Festival Paper Hydrangeas

Paper Hydrangeas A Petal Unfolds London Design Festival

Quill London Paper Flowers London Design Festival

A huge thank you to Quill for inviting me to be part of their London Design Festival event.

John Lewis Rooftop Etsy Takeover

Over the August bank holiday I took part in the John Lewis Rooftop Etsy Takeover on Oxford Street. In total there were 20 Etsy sellers displaying and selling their handmade items under beautiful open skies. I chose to showcase some of my oversized peonies as well as my lifelike ranunculus, peonies and anemones.

A Petal Unfolds Etsy Rooftop

Paper Flower Display Etsy Rooftop

Paper Flower Display Etsy Rooftop

Etsy Rooftop Marketplace John Lewis

It was great to meet and spend time with the other sellers who were: Nikki Strange, Maria Allen Boutique, Pasinga, ToriLoDesigns, Sincerely Louise, The Make Arcade, Wild Fawn Jewelery, The Fox In The Attic, Fox and Lilly, iamacrylic, Studio Emma Mcdowall, SandyLeafFarm, Cookie Art London, Inky and the Beast, Ms Spanner, Lucie Ellen, Noraklotz and Helen Beard Ceramics.

A big thank you to Etsy for asking me to be a part of it all. You can also read a little more about the event here.

New Work with Oversized Paper Flowers, Martha Stewart & Blogtacular

I can’t believe how much time has flown since my last post on here. Updating this blog more regularly is definitely something I want to spend more time on. There has been a lot happening with A Petal Unfolds over the last few months as well as my Etsy shop being busy, and there are exciting projects in the pipeline too. I thought I would post a little round up today of some of the completed projects I’ve been working on with my paper flowers over the last few months and some of the new work I’ve been making.

Oversized Paper Flowers

I’ve been approached by numerous clients this year asking about oversized paper flowers as they were perfect for the events and displays they were getting together. I felt that I needed to start spending more time on producing flowers at a larger scale and rethinking techniques and constructions. I’ve made this a personal project for when I have a little free time which isn’t as often as I would like but I’m determined to build up a portfolio of these. I started by making an oversized version of my popular paper Peony flower and the flowerhead is about 35cm in diameter.Oversized paper flower by A Petal Unfolds UK

Later I added an open Ranunculus to join the Peony and I’m looking forward to adding more.

Oversized Paper Flowers by A Petal Unfolds UKMartha Stewart

I was so thrilled to be contacted by an editor at Martha Stewart Living earlier this year and seeing their email come through was a real shock. They wanted to post a feature on me and my work on their site along with a DIY paper flower garland tutorial from me. This has now gone live and you can see the feature here.

A big thank you to Alexandra Churchill at Martha Stewart for getting in touch with me and bringing everything together so well.

Blogtacular

A couple of weeks ago I made paper flowers with guests at the Blogtacular Paper Maker’s Party at West Elm in London. I chose these simple paper primrose flowers as the project for the evening and they were very popular, there was barely a seat free at my table for the entire evening. I’m going to write a full post about this, as I attended the blogging conference the day after as well so this post will be coming up soon.

Paper Primrose Flowers by A Petal Unfolds

Snapchat

I’ve started using Snapchat over the last couple of months. It feels like a lot of creators have started to jump on there in a fearful response to the changes Instagram have been announcing lately. My username on there is APetalUnfolds and I tend to share behind the scene peeks at the paper flowers I’m making at my desk before I am ready to photograph them for Instagram. It’s great for more spontaneous images and it’s refreshing to not have to worry about follower numbers (people can’t see them on there) and taking the perfect photo like I can on Instagram. I also like to use it at workshops and events.

A couple of my favourite people to follow are StudioDIY and Jeff Mindell, who are Kelly from the Studio DIY blog and her husband Jeff. They use the app really well and share fun insights into their life in LA. I always look forward to their snaps.

I hope to see you on Snapchat!

A Petal Unfolds Hydrangeas for Cath Kidston

Mother’s Day with Cath Kidston

 

A Petal Unfolds Hydrangeas for Cath Kidston

Following on from the Press Day last year where I made paper hydrangeas, Cath Kidston got in touch to ask if I would work with them again to bring paper flowers to their Mother’s Day campaign. With the hydrangea being their new floral print for Spring/Summer, they asked if I would demonstrate making the flowers with customers in their flagship store over Mother’s Day weekend. I had been thinking about going back to the hydrangea again in my personal work, so I was really happy to be going back to it with Cath Kidston.

I also made hydrangea centrepieces for the crafting table along with 120 singular flowers to give out to customers over the weekend.

Paper Hydrangea flowers by A Petal Unfolds for Cath Kidston

When it came to the Mother’s Day weekend, I was very lucky to be given a space in the window of their Piccadilly store, in full view of a busy tourist spot, with the Royal Academy directly opposite and Fortnum and Mason’s just next door. At first it was a little unnerving- I’m not used to being the centre of attention to passers-by and seeing people stopping to watch me and sometimes taking photos felt uncomfortable. But it wasn’t long before I got used to it and started to feel more at ease.

A Petal Unfolds Cath Kidston window

Cath Kidston window A Petal Unfolds
Photo: @CathKidston

I hadn’t had my work in direct view of the public like this before and it was great to see peoples reactions. Some people stopped to make a flower, others wanted to watch me make one so they could see how they were made. Children wanted to make them while Mum spent time shopping and then gave the flower to their Mum for Mother’s Day which was so sweet! Others simply wanted to take a flower away with them.

A Petal Unfolds Mothers Day Cath Kidston

A Petal Unfolds Single Hydrangeas for Cath Kidston

It was great to be in store and do something new so a big thank you to Cath Kidston for asking me to work with them again.

 

 

 

Paper Rose Window Display for Floris

Red Roses by A Petal Unfolds for Floris

I’ve been making paper roses over the last few weeks for the window of luxury perfume brand Floris at their beautiful Jermyn Street store in London.

Floris Store Front paper roses A Petal Unfolds

Paper Rose Display for Floris by A Petal Unfolds

 

The roses were to be used for the window launch of their new limited edition Eau de Parfum ‘A Rose For …..’. Only 100 bottles of the scent have been produced and each bottle has the handwritten name of the recipient on the label. The scent is inspired by a visit to the rose fields of Morocco.

Paper Roses for Floris by A Petal Unfolds

 

I made 20 regular sized roses along with four oversized roses in deep shades of reds and pinks with a small highlight of cream and white- perfect colours that I usually love to work with. The oversized roses were each about 25cm in diameter.

Paper Roses by A Petal Unfolds for Floris

Paper Roses by A Petal Unfolds for Floris

Oversized paper rose for Floris by A Petal Unfolds

 

 

Red Paper Rose by A Petal Unfolds for Floris

 

The window was designed and installed by One Big Company so a big thank you to them as well as Floris for asking me to take part in such a gorgeous project.