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Pretty Petals & Charming Teacups

I love flowers and tea and teacups, so I’m sure it surprises no one when I talk about how much I like Floral Story series by artist Marina Malinovaya. Each image is created with a table, a tea set, and a lot of flowers. I’d also imagine a lot of patience. In addition, I suspect that the artist is some sort of wizard because I’ve seen her Instagram account and she appears to have a cat. I would never EVER be able to lay something like this on the table with out there being fluffy paws all up in everything.

 I need that teeny spoon. It’s really cute, plus it might be the source of her cat control magic.

You can check out more of her images as well as some beautiful behind the scenes shots on her Instagram page, and you can purchase some of her beautiful floral a resin jewelry and ornaments here.

Images from My Modern Met.


Paper Flower Baller: Zoe Bradley

I am always down for a good craft, and I like to think that I am pretty good when it comes to tutorials and DIYing, but every now and again I run up against something that keeps me humble and reminds me there will always some one out there who can make your skills look like finger painting at the kiddie table. I am completely in awe of the two huge floral chandeliers created by Zoe Bradley for the Burlington Arcade.

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Made from more than 1,860 paper flowers, these gorgeous installations were created in honor of the shop’s reopening last summer.FC7 FC3 FC6

I’ll admit to being a bit slack-jawed when I first saw these images. I’ve made paper flowers before, and the hours and hours of work that had to go into these pieces is staggering.FC2 FC1

And now I want to make a smaller one to hang in my dinning room. I think it would be awesome for a party or, you know, a Wednesday. Without a doubt, it would be an excellent conversation piece.

 

All images from Zoe Bradley Design.


Buggy & Beautiful

Well, those are two words I don’t usually associate with one another. Living in Florida with its warm muggy weather, I have seen more than my share of creepy crawlies over the years, and like most people, I’m not a fan. The thoughts of swarms of bugs covering walls, all Temple of Doom style, honestly makes me a little queasy. But when I saw photos of one such installation at Wollaton Hall, England, I had to admit that maybe I might have been a bit quick to judge. The installation was created by artist Anna Collette Hunt and is called Stirring the Swarm.

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Stirring the Swarm is a ceramic installation that tells a curiously dark tale, inspired by the collection of Entomology in the Natural History collection at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, England. The exhibition lures viewers into this macabre story as they find these enchanted insects, gathered following their flight from the previous infestation.Bug7 Bug3 Bug4

A static swarm of  10,000 thousand of handmade ceramic insects infest the space, each one unique and strikingly beautifulBug5Bug1 Bug2

The amount of work it took to create and coordinate these specimens is impressive. So maybe bugs aren’t always as bad as I think they are. I am completely okay with them when they are gilded and not real.

All images from Anna Collette Hunt.


Oana Befort

For a while now, I’ve been following blogger/artist Oana Befort online. Her blog is a great way to get a behind the scenes look at her process, a peak at her personal life, and a few freebies to spruce up your desktop. I initially saw some of Oana’s work on Pinterest. I liked her whimsical water colors, and her subject matter – plants and animals – was right up my alley.

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You can find her original work, affordable prints, and a few temporary tattoos in her Etsy shop. All of the pieces above are part of her Flora & Fuana collection; the Sleepy Hare, featured first, is my current favorite. I am hoping to get a print for my office once it is available in her online shop.

Image from here.


Dandelion

Artist Isabelle Chapuis teamed up with Duy Anh Nhan Duc to collaborate on a series of flower enhanced portraits. The first being”Dandelion” and the second called “Etamine”. The artists have some really beautiful philosophies and ideas that lead to the gorgeous images below, and you can read all about it in the original article and see more of portraits on Issabelle’s website, but I want to take a step back and tell you what my first thought was when I saw these images.

As soon as I opened the article, I had a flash back to a much younger me, hunting around my backyard for the ever present dandelion weeds. We weren’t really sod or landscaping people; we kept the grass mowed…most of the time, but that was it. I remembered the delight I felt when I would find a stalk with its downy head still intact, how I would close my eyes tight, puff out my cheeks, and blow the seeds into the air, allowing the breeze to carry my wishes to far away lands. I looked at these photos, and all I could think was “they’re covered in wishes“: some still holding their possibilities tight, and others spent and covering the subjects in a veil of hoping and dreaming.

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A little silly, right? But with all of the dandelions used for this project, you know someone had to have tucked a fervent little wish into at least one of the hundreds of seed pods.

All images from isabellechapuis.com