Planning on giving your mom a bouquet of fresh flower for Mother's Day next Sunday? Here's another idea: give her flowers that last for years.
You may recall seeing a glimpse of Michele Tremblay's stunning sculpted Paper Flowers in our Valentine's Day post. I was so taken with her work that I had to feature it again -- and what better moment than Mother's Day.
Michele's path to becoming a paper sculptor was, she says, "a wiggly one." She went to art school, got a degree in painting, then started a freelance flower/design business. For over 30 years she decorated and designed florals for weddings and special events. When she began to burn out from the business she turned to blogging (which is how we met) and began writing a book on decorating projects made of paper.
One of the pieces for the book was a paper flower. One day, Michele decided to play and make it big. Thirty inches in diameter big.
"I put it on the wall to look at it," says Michele, "and it was as if I was seeing it for the first time. It was the singular, most profound experience I had ever had in all my years of making art. I was completely delighted in a way that I can't even begin to describe."
The book idea was set aside as Michele brought to life a garden of flower art, sculpting over 30 in three months.
Now Michele sells her work in galleries and through her online sites, where it is often hard to tell which flowers are real and which are sculpted by Michele.
To order your everlasting flower art, contact Michele via the info below.
All images courtesy Michele Tremblay
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