BEHIND THE SCENES
Lia Griffith helps us get creative with paper flowers
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