Andy Warhol inspired paper flowers

Pop Art Flowers  Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-  2017  Paper flowers

Pop Art Flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers

When I was in high school I dropped biology for an independent study in the art of the '60s. My guidance counselor didn't think it was a good idea, but none the less I persisted and was allowed to take the class. As I take this journey of masterpiece recreation I had to make a stop at Warhols Flowers, they not only so perfectly represent the spirit of the '60s but also really resonates with me as a person. At first glance, his flowers seem bright and light-hearted but there is a darker grittiness just below the surface. 

 

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. 

Van Gogh Irises inspired paper flowers

van Gogh Irises  Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-  2017  Paper flowers

van Gogh Irises

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers

When I was a teenager I first visited New York City. One of the clearest memories I have of that trip was seeing van Gogh's paintings in person for the first time. It literally brought tears to my eye's in a way that no other work of art had ever done. I had seen van Gogh's work reproduced in but the feeling of seeing it in person, the feeling I got. . . It's never left. When I began my exploration of recreating masterpieces in paper flowers, I used those feelings, that experience to guild me to this painting. The same painting I stood in front of all those years ago, that painting that made me weep.

 

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. 

16th century Dutch still life inspired paper flowers

Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase  Sarah Yakawonis, 1985 -  2017  Paper Flowers 

Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985 -

2017

Paper Flowers 

Ambrosius Bosschaert was a master of Dutch still lifes, especially those with flower bouquets. That is why I selected this painting to recreate in paper flowers. I thought the combination of flowers an existing challenge. I was also fascinated by the fact that these flowers didn’t bloom at the same time in 1621, so Bosschaert must have worked from his memory, drawings from his studio and his imagination. It never existed in real flowers, but I wanted to pull it from the canvas so that it could exist in paper flowers.

Making the yellow bearded iris and a red-and-white striped tulip, roses, a blue-and-white columbine, fritillaria, grape hyacinth, cyclamen, lily of the valley, forget-me-not, globeflowers, and a sprig of rosemary was a true challenge. I hand painted or printed all of the paper I used, experimenting with several papers, pigments and techniques to achieve this amazing array of flowers! It took over two years on and off to finally bring Bosschaert’s stunning bouquet to life.