How to Make a Pressed Flower Frame

If you’re wondering what to do with all of your gorgeous, delicate pressed Flowers, here’s an idea. Arrange them in a picture frame so you can admire them every day.  We made a little video to show you how easy it is. 

 To create this you will need pressed flowers! Check out our ‘How to Press Flowers‘ blog post  for a demonstration. Our Sow ‘n Sow Flower Presses are available for purchase here.

Happy crafting!

1.  Source an old frame – see what you have at home or have a look at op shops/$2 dollar stores to see what you can find.
The frame we used is from Kmart.

2. Pull the frame apart and clean the glass

3. Arrange the flowers and foliage however you like. If necessary, you can use a small bit of kraft glue to keep them in place

4. Put your frame back together

Flower Press

Moss Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garthforth is an installation artist known for her incredible typographic moss installations. Her ‘Grow’ moss typography is a pinterest/ blogging world favourite – I’m sure many have seen that one before (pictured below). I contacted Anna to ask her permission to post photos from her website and she kindly sent me these photos of a more recent moss installation. Part of the London Festival of Architecture, the ‘King’s Cross Picnic’  was created for people to enjoy at a neglected space in King’s Cross. The moss creation was installed on a railway wall and provided a backdrop to the picnic. Images of the picnic in full swing can be seen here! I have included a few pics of Anna’s other great works below, but more can be found on her website here. She also has a cool blog!

Artist Patrick Dougherty

I’ve been a big fan of this kind of artwork since starting Sow ‘n Sow and discovering the book Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca. And I have previously featured the amazing work of Mikael Hansen, one of the other artists featured in the book. But here’s some more incredible works, this time by Patrick Dougherty.

Patrick weaves tree saplings into incredible structures and he’s made over 200 massive site specific installations all over the world since the 80’s. This amazing man even lives in a handmade house made from old barn timber, fallen trees and rocks in North Carolina USA.

Patrick kindly sent me the link to this cool time lapse video of a recent work, well worth a watch!

Na Hale ‘Eo Waiawi, 2003. The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI. Photo Credit: Paul Kodama
Sortie de Cave/ Free At Last, 2008. Jardin des Arts, Chateaubourg, France. Photo Credit: Charles Crie
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Childhood Dreams, 2007. Desert Botanic Gardens, Phoenix, AZ. Photo Credit: Adam Rodriguez
Closer Ties, 2006. Scottish Basketmakers Circle, Dingwall, Scotland. Photo Credit: Fin Macrae
Call of the Wild, 2002. Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma, WA.
Photo Credit: Duncan Price
Trail Heads, 2005. North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC. Photo Credit: Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Patarick Dougherty at Max Azria Melrose Avenue Boutique, Los Angeles, CA. Photo Credit: David C. Calicchio

Janet Laurence

My list of favourite artists is growing and I am really excited to have discovered the work of Sydney based Janet Laurence.

She has an impressive list of exhibitions behind her including a fascinating installation at the 2010 Sydney Biennale ‘Waiting, A Medicinal Garden for Ailing Plants’ which is featured in many of the pictures above. The work consists of a transparent mesh structure echoing a botanical glasshouse with medicinal glass vessels containing various plants, fluids and solids.

“Janet Laurence’s work echoes architecture while retaining organic qualities and a sense of instability and transience. Her work occupies the liminal zones or meeting places of art, science, imagination and memory.”

I’ll be keeping an eye on Janet and I have my fingers and toes crossed for a local exhibition soon!

Paula Hayes MoMA exhibition

I have discovered another incredibly inspiring artist who is right up my alley.. stylish, modern objects of plant based genius. The only problem is that Paula Hayes does so many cool things that I don’t know where to start, so I have decided to save some of her other work for blog posts to come. Paula is an American artist who has for two decades melded her interest in art and landscape design into a practice involving accessible garden products, art pieces and domestic wares.

The following pictures are of an exhibition called ‘Nocturne of the Limax Maximus’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York which finished in April this year. Wish I’d seen it! There is a beautiful article about Paula and her husband Teo here which nearly bought a tear to my eye. Seems she is a very interesting person all round… I would love to visit her garden!

Photographers: Beatrice de Gea and Jason Mandella

100 Million Sunflower Seeds

I’d love to be in London at the moment because the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall is covered in replica Sunflower seeds for an exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The seeds are intricately hand crafted and there are 100 million of them! The funny thing is that it was supposed to be the kind of thing that visitors could walk all over but the Tate has blocked access because of dangerous levels of dust. So visitors have to see the seeds from afar – shame about the fact that each is hand crafted out of porcelain by specialist artisans… If you haven’t been to the Turbine hall it’s massive and the seeds cover 1000 square meters – 150 tonnes of them. Cool!

Mikael Hansen

One Way Structure
7 Horizontal Lines
One Way Structure
Horizontal Verticals
Organic Highway
Memorial Grove for Elm Trees
Mikael Hansen is a Danish artist whose body of work includes sculpture, paintings, indoor installations and mixed media. The photos above however are so called ‘earth-art’ or ‘landart’ installations at outdoor settings in Denmark, other parts of Europe and some in Japan.