BE­HIND THE SCENES

Lia Grif­fith helps us get cre­ative with pa­per flow­ers

Papercraft Inspirations - - Contents - Lia Grif­fith Pa­per flower ex­pert & TV demon­stra­tor

Paper­craft in­spi­ra­tions and Mol­lie Makes got to­gether to make pa­per flow­ers with Lia and find out more about her in­spi­ra­tions

Since we first en­coun­tered Lia Grif­fith and her won­der­ful ta­lent for pa­per craft­ing, par­tic­u­larly flow­ers, she has ap­peared on Cre­ate & Craft TV in the UK and the Hall­mark Chan­nel Home & Fam­ily Show in the US – and that’s just for starters! Both Lia’s cre­ative team and web­site have grown hugely and www.lia­grif­fith.com is now a sub­scrip­tion-based site fea­tur­ing hun­dreds of flower and home dé­cor projects made with a range of ma­te­ri­als, as well as an on­line shop. The site has 10,000 mem­bers and con­tin­ues to grow! When the US-based de­signer got in touch to say she was go­ing to be in the neigh­bour­hood, we jumped at the chance to meet her in per­son and en­joy an af­ter­noon of ex­pert tu­ition.

We met Lia at fan­tas­tic stu­dio space, The Forge, in Bris­tol, along with a group from Mol­lie

Makes mag­a­zine. She had come over to con­vert us to her be­spoke range of luxury crèpe pa­per and guide us through the process of mak­ing two of her su­perb pa­per flower projects – anemones and pe­onies. Despite as­sur­ances that it was im­pos­si­ble to make a bad pa­per flower us­ing her tem­plates and tech­niques, we were sur­prised at how good the re­sults were – see the fin­ished blooms above! We also asked Lia a few ques­tions about her craft­ing...

You’ve made so many flow­ers in so many ma­te­ri­als! How do you choose which blooms to cre­ate?

I think it’s im­por­tant to make some­thing you love or that in­spires you. I keep my eye on

trends but tend to fol­low my heart. I’ll take a walk around the rose gar­dens here in Port­land, or look at the front yards in my neigh­bour­hood. I’m also in­spired by pa­pers. A shim­mer­ing metal­lic pa­per might in­spire me to make a sump­tu­ous chrysan­the­mum. Or my blush-coloured crèpe pa­pers might in­spire me to make a pretty pe­ony. The great thing about mak­ing pa­per flow­ers is that I never run out of ideas!

Tell us about your crèpe pa­per!

I have al­ways en­joyed work­ing with crèpe pa­per, but it has had such a bad rep over the years. It’s a great craft ma­te­rial that tends to be found in the class­room rather than ex­quis­ite hand­made prod­ucts. I wanted to cre­ate a crèpe pa­per rev­o­lu­tion, to cre­ate a line of ex­tra-fine crèpe pa­pers that ev­ery­one would en­joy us­ing. I took my colour in­spi­ra­tion from the gar­den rather than the candy shop. It has a 130% stretch so it can be twisted, stretched, curled and ma­nip­u­lated eas­ily but still re­tains its struc­ture well. Now we can con­fi­dently use crèpe pa­per for any­thing from wed­ding and home dé­cor projects to, of course, stun­ning pa­per flow­ers!

What do you en­joy most about your job?

I love work­ing with my team, a great bunch of su­per-tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als. Each of them adds their unique touch, whether it’s in the cute char­ac­ters they cre­ate, the great videos they make for our on­line craft school, the amaz­ing ser­vice that they give to our shop cus­tomers, or the in­cred­i­ble crafts they make to share with our web­site mem­bers. We are like a fam­ily and it brings me so much joy to walk into my stu­dio and work along­side them ev­ery day.

My goal is to teach and in­spire peo­ple to reignite their cre­ativ­ity!

I also adore shar­ing my de­signs with like-minded cre­atives. My goal has al­ways been to teach and in­spire peo­ple to reignite their cre­ativ­ity. I love get­ting feed­back from those who had lost con­fi­dence in their abil­i­ties and have re­dis­cov­ered their cre­ative side through my de­signs and tu­to­ri­als. There is no greater joy for me!

What exciting things has this year got in store for you?

Oh my good­ness – so many fun things! We will be ex­pand­ing our pa­per line to include a new colour pal­ette of crèpe pa­pers. We will do more pa­per kits and we will be pub­lish­ing our first crèpe pa­per flow­ers book this spring. And, of course, we will con­tinue to share two or three brand new DIY projects on the web­site ev­ery day!

The fin­ished hand­made blooms cre­ated at Lia's crèpe pa­per work­shop

Lia all ready to start the flower work­shop

Tis­sue pom-pom blooms make great gift top­pers

Just in time for spring – Lia's stun­ning daf­fodils

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