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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




Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rebekah Smith , WWPFG Heirloom and President

Hello everyone I am extremely proud to have Rebekah Smith do this interview . She is a very busy lady with many hats.
President of WWPFG ,works on or with chathamarts.org, works with a Therapeutic Riding Program, rescues animals and much more.
Ask her about any of her many Orgs she volunteers for , She will tell You all the wonderful things about it  and she will have You ready to volunteer too . Check out her blog, You will see she has a story for every pressed flower picture she makes.On Facebook she is a cheerleader for all of the above .
Trying to get her to talk about herself is a challenge. .
She and her husband DoctorOakroot  are known in their county as Artist that care for their community! She is also known as "The Flower Lady". People expect to see her at festivals and gatherings with her Pressed Flower Art.


name...
rebekah:-)


where are you from...
originally from new england, but after 30 some years, north carolina feels like home!:-)


how long have you been with the guild?...
well, since before it was the guild!:-)...about ten years ago,
i found a small group of people (online) that were interested in pressed flowers...we shared tips, techniques and our love of flowers...time passed and this group of about 10 started to grow...
in 2001 the guild was born...and in 2008 it was incorporated as a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit dedicated to teaching the art and science of pressed flowers...quite a journey!:-)


how long have you been doing pressed flower art?...
eighteen years ago i met a wonderful woman named darien and saw her pressed flower art for the first time...i had been pressing for many years, but not really using the flowers for much...
darien opened a whole new world for me:-)...i immediately picked up a man's pale blue, cotton dress shirt at the thrift shop...cut it up...and used it for a background for some beautiful fall leaves...that was my first official pressed flower picture!:-)

do you remember the first thing you pressed?
my grandmother was instrumental in my love of all things flowery!:-)...she taught me the practical uses of plants...which ones would dry up poison ivy or soothe a bee sting...which ones to make tea with when you had a cough or fever...she also reminded me to give back to the earth with gratitude:-)...


i remember picking sprigs of quince and forsythia to force into bloom in the spring...all the windowsills would be full of jars and vases and i would watch eagerly as the pussy willows would start to root...there wasn't a book in the house that didn't have a bloom or leaf tucked between the pages somewhere!:-)


 
what are your favorite mediums/materials...
i love papers and colors and shapes!:-)...glitter and sparkles and leaves!:-)...dragonflies, fairies and rocks!:-)...i especially love rocks!:-)...that's how my website became www.flowerox.com ...
you can find out the beginning of the story here... flowers+rocks=flowerox ...just click the follow button and you'll get occasional updates about my escapades!:-)
what are your favorite glues?...
none!...i would rather go glueless!:-)...but, if i have to use something, i use a bridal bouquet pin to apply a tiny dot of whatever glue happens to be closest to me!...

inspiration...
by far, my biggest inspiration is the world wide pressed flower guild... www.wwpfg.org ...and all the amazing people that are a part of it...the galleries contain hundreds and hundreds of pictures of pressed flower art, i can spend hours just looking!:-)


the guild offers monthly classes which will amaze and astound you!:-)...i have learned more by participating in these classes than i ever thought possible!...and the good news is that they are frequently available for download after the formal class has ended...check for free downloads, stationary and low cost classes here...http://www.wwpfg.org/store/index.htm

where can we find your work?
my website is about to undergo some big changes...but, you can still peek through the gallery here... www.flowerox.com ...


or you can visit me at my blog... http://flowerox.blogspot.com/ ...i would love it if you would click the follow button!:-)


please share tips...
i find that if i just pick flowers up, they will tell me what they want to be!:-)...recently i have been challenging myself to randomly pick an envelope and make something out of whatever happens to be inside!...this has resulted in a whole series of flower folks and flower critters...what fun!:-)
 
tell stories...
i am friends with an amazing woman!:-)...you might even know her!...her name is terica!:-)...over the many years that we have been friends, we have had more fun, gotten in more trouble!...met more kool people (usually by pulling into their driveways and asking if we could pick something!:-))...and been on more flower oriented adventures than anyone could ask for!:-)...


terica, remember jumping the chain?:-)...and the guy who brought us scissors from inside his store?:-)...and the rest stops on the way to conference?:-)...and the thousand other wonderful stories!?:-)
Yep I remember, this is on the way to the 2006WWPFG Conference in  Illinois Rebekah and Rachel sneaking some flowers from a rest stop in Indiana

"Now which Rock needs a flower on it?"

pressing a few from an Illinois rest stop
Rebekah and Rachel are cheering me on to get a lilypad from the Mississippi River another guild member took this shot.
Even the trees aren't safe with Pressers around .


if you would love to have these kind of adventures too, just come to a world wide pressed flower guild conference!:-)...there are a whole bunch of us in one town at the same time!:-)...the next one is in connecticut, october of 2011...you can find out all the details here... http://www.wwpfg.org/ ...


i would love to see you there!:-)


rebekah:-)


 
Best Friends teaching at Chatham Marketplace
click the picture and it will take you to a story of us teaching a class to kids

 She is has been my best friend and mentor for many years . She got me started in the guild in 2006 and had me volunteering as the Members Director there in 2008 too. She also gifted my very 1st class at WWPFG ,which I still believe was the start of a new life for me.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you will come back next week when we will have another WWPFG Heirloom Interview featuring 
Elaine McMahon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Interview with Mirian Tatsumi of Oshibana Art


I was doing a search for Oshibana and found her page on Facebook Oshibana Art  It was a new page too.
I left a message saying I loved her work and would like to do an interview. I was sure I had seen this art before .
And did not realize till later that this was Sylvia Barsotti's master teacher, from Brazil !! What a thrill. 


I have been admiring her work and art for sometime I even blogged about her cool video I found on Youtube . You can look on my blog and find it , it is the first video there. She demos vacuum sealing ! makingpressedflowerartandcrafts
Mirian is going to honor the WWPFG with a class at our Conference this year in Connetticut this Oct. 
Sylvia a member of WWPFG is another Fine Pressed Flower artist. She helped with the interview and I do appreciate her help.
Now for the interview ...

Name:
Mirian Tatsumi

Where are you from?
I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have lived in Japan for 7 years (from 1993 to 2000),in Kashiwa-shi, in Chiba State, nearby Tokyo.
 After coming back to Brazil, I have been going back to Japan every year, because my husband was working there.

How long have you been doing pressed flower art?
I have been doing Oshibana for the last 15 years. The first time I got in touch with Oshibana art was during a visit to a Workshop organized by the Japanese Mail Service and my future teacher, Yamada Shizuka.

In 2000 I under-graduated in this art in Japan in a three year course. After that, I came back to Brazil where I have been teaching this art for 8 years. In 2004 Mr. Sugino Nobuo, the President of Fushigina Hana Club (Pressed Flower School) in Japan was here in Brazil where I met him.
He asked me to spread his technique here in Brazil. Because of that, I have been informing
Mr. Sugino about  everything I do concerning Pressed Flowers, that is: shows, events, workshops, contests, etc

Two years in a row I have been awarded in two Japanese contests
 (The Art of Oshibana - Exhibition of Creation VI and VII).

Do you remember the first thing you pressed?
The first flower I pressed was a carnation.

What´s your favorite mediums/materials?

I am always trying to find new flowers and colors, that´s why I always have with me a pair of
scissors, a box, papers in order to be ready to press and take them with me to my house.
The material I use to press and dry the flowers and leaves is specially prepared to absorb the humidity,
which method is quite different from using a book or newspapers.
When I find a new flower, for instance, I need to know how it will look after pressing, because sometimes in spite of the beauty of this flowers when pressed the result isn´t very nice.
So, testing is a very important part of the process.

My advice: if you are in a place that you are allowed to pick flowers and other plants, it would be a pity if you don´t have the appropriate material to press and save it immediately.

According to the technique I use, pick and press as soon as possible is a must. This way color and shape are very well
 preserved and beautiful.

What are your favorite glues?

The only glue I use is Pritt and double sided tape, but only sometimes. Most of the time, I use no glue at all, which means my pf are only positioned on a background. If the glass is broken,
the plants move.
I use no glue because most of the glues are water based and so influences on the pf preservation.

As my works are vacuum sealed, to preserve the PF material, I use silicon glue, specially made for glass sealing.
This glue, however, has no contact with the pf material.

What is your favorite Flower to Press and How do you do it?

I have no favorite one. For me, every flower is interesting, even those that some would throw way. Whenever I look at a flower, I always think about a way to use it in my works, for instance : house wall, vase, shadow, clothes, animals etc

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

I always create a theme inside my head and try to look for a photo, landscape, drawings that translate my ideas. After that,
 I separate the plants that can be useful to produce my work, which is very demanding.

Where can we find your work? web, blog, shops, etc

www.oshibana.com.br

Please share tips.

Sometimes, it is possible to use regular glue (white glue). For instance, when making a bird, for tiny petals  (feathers), it is necessary to use glue to fix them, instead of double sided tape.
But, only a very very small amount.
However, before using this bird it must dry completely. So, I keep it (the bird made with petals) in a special envelope for 1 or 2 days.

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

One of my students is 85 years old. She is deaf since she was 42 and because of that has a great sensibility. At the beginning,it was difficult for me to teach her because the other students wanted my attention at the same time.

However, after some time, everybody got used to it and now, after 5 years, we have all learned a lot with this, like be more patient, for example.
Besides, she has creativity, learns very fast, is happy too with her classmates results. She is happy too to attend these classes and share her time with other students.
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