Flower Construction by Anne Ten Donkelaar

This is some of the most amazing plant art that I have ever seen. The artist, Anne Ten Donkelaar, takes pressing flowers to a whole new level. Instead of gluing flattened, pressed flowers to a page, she preserves the colour and beauty of these flowers, and elevates them on the page using pins. And she uses some of the most unique varieties, so whimsical, so creative. My brain literally hurts just thinking about how tedious this whole exercise must be. To me, you can tell how passionate an artist must be to be able to complete a process such as this. Each and every piece tells some sort of a story, and I love that Anne wants people to make up their own rendition of what they see.

“A damaged butterfly, a broken twig, a bumblebee, some strangely grown weeds: I find all these unique discoveries in my path and then take them home to my studio. Here, I take my time to explore the objects and try to work out how I can show each one to it’s best advantage. My finds inspire me. While looking at them I can invent my own stories about their existence and their lives. By protecting these precious pieces under glass, I give the objects a second life and hope to inspire people to make up their own stories about them.” (Anne Ten Donkelaar)