Artificial flowers have ebbed and flowed in popularity for hundreds of years. From silk flowers to paper to the modern modern synthetic flowers, we have always celebrated flowers.
In China, the first paper flower dates back to the invention of paper in 100 B.C. Flowers, lanterns and fans were intricately cut, pieced and decorated.
In Victorian England, women of the upper classes were expected to keep busy even though they did not work. Handicrafts flourished during this time, and paper flowers were considered one of the most refined crafts a women could do.
Paper flowers were sold in kits and oftentimes sealed with a wax or varnish. The flowers were then displayed around homes, and seen as an indispensable personal accessory.
Contemporary paper flowers are also flourishing at the moment. From installation work, such as English artist, Zoe Bradley’s work to DIY interactions, there is something undeniable about these delicate, sculptural flowers.
There is something alluring and tactile about these paper flowers that continues to delight hundreds of years after the first paper flower was created.
For a more organic look, the work of floral stylist and maker, Livia Cetti is absolutely stunning! Living and working out of NYC Cetti has gained a reputation for her delicate and realistic paper creations.
Cetti is the author of a few books about paper flowers, including The Exquisite Book of Paper Flowers for those of us that are tempted to try our own hand at this traditional craft!