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This Blog will be a place dedicated to interview the Wonderful Flower Pressers and Artists
around the world that use 'Pressed Flowers" as part of their medium .
Let the world see What kind of " Art" can be made from it!
Please let me know if You would
to do an interview too or know someone ?
Come back often and Peace and Keep on Pressing...


This is the poem that reminded me to do this.

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." Marcel Proust




Friday, February 25, 2011

I need an interview , are you ready ?

Sadly as midnight draws near for the first time since starting the interviews , I don't have one ? frowning 
But I was not going to let that get me down ! I spent sometime looking around on Facebook for the words 'Pressed Flowers' and 'Oshibana' ? I am very excited that I have had 3 talented artist agree . So just hold on . 
Until then let me share with you  2 very neat interviews I did on my  Making pressed flower art and crafts blog 

   click here for an interview with Annamaria O'Brien of Ardee Co.Louth ,Ireland .
by Annamaria 

click here for an interview with Donita Willeford in VA ,USA
by Donita

They are both also members of the WWPFG.org 
Please comment if you go by there , thanks for stopping by . 
Till next time. Peace and Happy Pressing .

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Jacki Harrington , WWPFG Heirloom

Hello everyone , Jacki is our Vice President of the WWPFG.
I hope You enjoy her interview and Please leave comments !



Name:
Jacki Harrington

Where are you from?  

I am a life long resident of Massachusetts. I grew up in a small town west of Boston, Weston, and having been living in Peabody, north of Boston for 40 years.

How Long have You been with World Wide Pressed Flower Guild ?  

I joined the Guild in 2002

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art ? 

 I started in the late 1990's

Do you remember the first thing you pressed ? 

 I pressed a fern to use on a calligraphy piece



 What’s your favorite mediums /materials?
 I like working on watercolor paper, but also on my handmade papers and hand marbled papers



 What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it? 
I often use Cellestine's presses, but also desiccant board and good old phone books. I press a lot of hydrangeas, fall leaves, and birch bark, but I really press most anything that I can from my yard and from a nearby park.

Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.
 

I love doing landscapes. It has been the Guild classes that I have taken that have taught me so much. Also I try to enter competitions as they make me concentrate on details and on doing pictures that I always thought impossible for me to do.

Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc  
  I sell my work in 2 stores-   
Sisters We Three in Newburyport, MA 
and the other is Local Collection in Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, MA.  
I do not have a web site yet- it's on the to do list!

Please share tips ?
 

 1. Take classes. It is so helpful to learn from the masters! 
2. Be patient and keep at it. 
 3. Enter a competition. It pushes you to do more than you thought possible!
 


Tell stories that You want people to know about the guild and pressed art.
 

 Being a member of the Guild has changed my life in many ways. I never took an art class, but I now consider myself an artist. I have met and learned from pressers from around the world. The pressed flower community is full of generous and talented people, so many of whom have taught me life lessons. I have traveled to places in this country that I never thought I would see. I even went to China because of pressed flowers!!  




 


 Wow , I never get bored doing these interviews . Even though the Questions are always the same , the Answers are so different and interesting. 
Add the great pictures and it's exciting to see what will come next !   
As always Thanks for stopping by and please let us know what you think? 
Peace and Happy Pressing  
 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Micki Wach , WWPFG Heirloom

Welcome Again to Our Heirloom Series of WWPFG. 
I have the privilege of introducing You to Micki Wach .
She is our Newsletter Editor for WWPFG and an Executive Committee member also. She is also involved with the 

 
Fairy

Name:
 Micki Wach

Where are you from?
Philadelphia, Pa

How Long have You been with World Wide Pressed Flower Guild ?
 9 or 10 years?

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art ?
 maybe 11 years

Do you remember the first thing you pressed ?
 Pansies



What’s your favorite mediums /materials? 
   I like to work with various interesting papers, while trying to use my scrapbooking tools like punches with it. Nice soft materials are fun as well, for backgrounds.  

What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it?
   I am obsessed with blacks and white plant materials, and hope to one day create some amazing masterpiece in black and white.
I use lots of hydrangea a well, and leaves of all kinds. Oh and bark, how I love to use bark!  My favorite presses are dessicant papers and boards, as well as air grid type presses.
 But I do have stacks of phone books and standard flower presses as well.

 
Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too.    
    Working with pressed flowers and plants is fun, and easier for me than other art.
I am not great at drawing, or painting, yet I can turn the  pressed flowers into a painting .
My inspiration comes from nature and my friends at the WWPFG.


Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc    
www.mickiart.blogspot.com 
(still trying to get a website up and running)

2008 PFS 3rd place

Please share tips ?
   When you think you can't, you probably can.
When I started this art form I never dreamed of making the things I can now.

Tell stories that You want people to know about the guild and pressed art.
   It is only with the Guild's help that I have learned and grown in this art.
We share and teach each other so much. There are pressed flower artists in our Guild that have many, many years of experience. Not only have I gained skills, but I have made so many wonderful friends at the WWPFG.  
Each year our gatherings and conferences bring a group of us together for fun and classes. I have been to some neat places I would not have gone if it weren't for our Guild, most recently China!

Everyone smiles in the same language. (Anonymous) 
 




To see some pics and find some links to the China Conference
check out my post  world-wide-pressed-flower-guild-2010 blog


My heirloom List is getting closer to the end . 
Would YOU like to do an interview ?? Let me know ? 

As always Thanks for stopping by and learning more about the pressers of the world .
Please leave comments!

Peace and Happy Pressing!
 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Kate Chu , WWPFG Heirloom

Hello  everyone we had some technical difficulties but i think we are up and running now , So sorry for any problems before. 

Kate was the first President of the WWPFG and has worn many hats since the beginning helping spread the word of Pressed Flower Art in many ways .
She has worked hard helping make World Wide Pressed Flower Guild what it is today . For this we are grateful .
 
Name: Kate Chu

Where are you from? Born in Beijing, China. Have been living in Southern California for 35 years.

How Long have You been with World Wide Pressed Flower Guild ? Since founding in 2001.

How Long have You been doing Pressed Flower Art ? Pressing at age 5 or 6 making art since 1991. I listened to a story about pressing beautiful fall leaves on the radio. It has gotten me started collecting and pressing in books. I was only pressing at that time to preserve flowers/leaves or making botanical specimens of herbs. I have discovered framed pressed flower art while travel for business in Taiwan. I bought two books and started after I got back home. My art in those early years resemble traditional Chinese paintings. I searched for books in my local library and found Penny Black’s Pressed Flower Art after I become proficient with pressing and designing. This was the start of exploring many different ways of designing. I have started with basic pastel painting, studying art by reading and experimenting at the same time. My friends urged me to teach and share. I have started teaching part-time in 1997. Teaching actually pushed me to explore even more in pressing techniques and designing. Now with daily exchanges online, I have learned a lot from friends all over the world.

Do you remember the first thing you pressed ? Fall leaves.

What's your favorite mediums /materials? Pressed flowers on thin paper or silk. I also love to design pressed flower jewelries.


What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it? There are so many but peony is my all time favorite. I press it petal by petal and then reassemble it back.




Please Feel free to tell us about your work, inspiration, and thoughts with us too. Nature is where my inspiration came from most of the time. I love to walk in the hills where I live. These pictures were inspired by the lovely spring scenes where I live.
 
 
 

Where  can we find your work ? web ,blog , shops ,etc    www.pressed-flowers.com

Please share tips ? Press everything. Sometimes weeds are perfect for a picture too.


Tell stories that You want people to know about the guild and pressed art.
Pressed flower art touches so many disciplines. It is a serious science that we constantly experimenting and improving pressing techniques and preserve methods. It is a serious art that we use botanical materials as medium to communicate with viewers. It is a good tool for stress management. It is great to teach children and adults about pressed flower art. Through education, they not only learn the techniques and designs but also deepen their environmental conciseness and further their own path on protecting the nature. Pressed flower art can be as serious as fine art or as easy as children’s craft. One does not need to have any art background to start. It has so many faces. It is fun. And it makes one feel good looking at the beauties of nature being pressed and saved by you. It especially is rewarding to share your art and passion with others.
The guild is where we share on daily bases without the barrier of physical location and time-zone. Many of us have never met face to face yet we all became friends that not only we share pressed flower but also our joy or sorrow of our lives.
The guild has brought me many opportunities to grow as an artist, as a teacher, as an organizer, and as a leader. I hope to share my passion and love with even more.

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