Frame of Ref­er­ence

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The hobby of flower press­ing gets a mod­ern up­date. This in­stal­la­tion on a ply­wood-clad wall was cre­ated by press­ing flow­ers and leaves, spray-paint­ing them a uni­form colour (in this in­stance, white), stick­ing onto fine art pa­per and dis­play­ing in sim­ple, con­tem­po­rary frames. These are jux­ta­posed with a vin­tage paint­ing in an un­usual ma­hogany frame. A real posy of white flow­ers in a ce­ramic wall-mounted vase cre­ates a sense of lay­er­ing while a vase, typ­i­cally des­ig­nated to a ta­ble top, is dis­played play­fully on the floor. A vel­vet-up­hol­stered French sofa and throw pil­lows bring the op­u­lence; a flo­ral-be­decked rug, the colour. For a con­tem­po­rary touch, two side ta­bles in glossy black and nat­u­ral wood are mixed in.

PRESSED FLOW­ERS HOW-TO

• Choose your flow­ers and fo­liage. Make sure ev­ery­thing is dry and blem­ish-free. • Place the flora be­tween two sheets of plain parch­ment or wax (sand­wich) pa­per and put these face down in the

mid­dle of a tele­phone book. • Weigh the book down and leave for a week to 10 days. • Once dried, spray paint the flow­ers your choice of colour (in this case white) and at­tach to pa­per us­ing artist’s

ad­he­sive. Don’t sat­u­rate your dried flora with paint—spray lightly to al­low some of the colour to still show through. • Frame for a dra­matic dis­play.

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