JAPANESE EDO PERIOD POPPIES INSPIRED PAPER FLOWERS

One of my favorite places in New England is the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. They have an amazing collection of Asian art that hold over 100,000 objects and a collection of Japanese art that can only be beaten by going to Japan. I love visiting this collection, touring these galleries is like visiting another land and time. Among their collection is over 16,000 works by artist  Katsushika Hokusai, most known for his painting Under a Wave Off Kanagawa or The Great Wave. He painted during the Edo period (1603 - 1868)  in Japanese art history, and his work found its way to Europe and beyond and was a major influence in reshaping the way impressionist saw the world. I think his work continues to influence the world of art. 

 

I have turned my paper flowers into kits because I believe that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. I’ve taken my expertise as a paper flower artist and concentrated it into kits that provide everything needed to make paper flowers with an unparalleled level of detail. My kits are a fresh way to connect with the world of fine art and have flowers that will last for years. They allow people to skip the years of work and get right to the good stuff, connecting with the joy of making something with their hands. 

ART NOUVEAU PAPER FLOWER CROWN

 Wanderer  Elisabeth Sonrel (1874 – 1953)  1900  Decorative panel  Private collection      

Wanderer

Elisabeth Sonrel (1874 – 1953)

1900

Decorative panel

Private collection

 

 

 Art Nouveau paper flower crown  Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-  2017  Paper flowers

Art Nouveau paper flower crown

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers

Out of all of the Movements of art, Art Nouveau is one of my favorites. I am so enamored with the flowing organic lines, the fantasy, the perfection of every curve. And as a woman with a BFA with a focus in design, I am so grateful for the power of the movement in elevating graphic design, making posters, ads and the like fit to hang on the walls of a museum. I have dozens of books about the movements and its major players. 

 

The idea for this project started with the flower crown. I started searching through art history for flower crowns. I poured over the work of Botticelli, thought about Neoclassicism, toyed with the idea of Romanticism but when it comes to flower crowns in the history of art, Art Nouveau had the wealth of content I was looking for. I selected this piece by Elisabeth Sonrel because with my long blond hair and pastoral setting it wouldn't be too much of a stretch, and because I really wanted to recreate the work of a female artist. 

 

I have turned my paper flowers into kits because I believe that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. I’ve taken my expertise as a paper flower artist and concentrated it into kits that provide everything needed to make paper flowers with an unparalleled level of detail. My kits are a fresh way to connect with the world of fine art and have flowers that will last for years. They allow people to skip the years of work and get right to the good stuff, connecting with the joy of making something with their hands. 

Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers

 Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers  Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-  2017  Paper flowers

Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers

When you think of the most famous floral painting, Monet's water lilies will always rank among the top. I knew I wanted to recreate them in paper flowers, the challenge came with selecting which one. Monet painted over 300 canvases full of his tranquil pond at Giverny, his home. I spent countless hours searching for the right one. I decided to base my paper recreation on a painting held by the Toledo Museum of Art because of its size at  79 in. (200.7 cm) by 84 in. (213.3 cm) it one of the smaller water lily paintings he produced. He also gave more details to the water lilies in this painting than some, giving me more detail to obsess over and incorporate into my flowers. 

 

I have turned my paper flowers into kits because I believe that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. I’ve taken my expertise as a paper flower artist and concentrated it into kits that provide everything needed to make paper flowers with an unparalleled level of detail. My kits are a fresh way to connect with the world of fine art and have flowers that will last for years. They allow people to skip the years of work and get right to the good stuff, connecting with the joy of making something with their hands.