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Why Paper Flowers

As I sit in my newly painted studio, I am taking a second to soak in the feeling of gratitude, and excitement I feel at having this beautiful space to work in! I feel many other things too-nervousness, fear of failing, but I’m told that’s soooo normal. This space really is very beautiful, light, airy and a really great location, and I’ll do a journal entry telling you all about it very soon! But here, I’m going to talk to you about the basis on which this whole journey of mine was shaped and tell you WHY it’s a great thing! Nowadays I tell people I’m a paper florist and owner of Crafting Space with Kelly Grace. I’m a Paper Flower and Crafting Studio, a place where ANYONE can be creative. A big chunk of what I do is create realistic Paper Flowers. Paper Flowers have been around for thousands of years, and right now we are experiencing a revival and Makers Movement unlike any other that’s been seen before thanks to social media. But WHY would someone order a Paper Flower from me when they can just as easily go to their favorite local florist for their fresh? (Disclaimer: I love my fresh flowers from my gardens and I frequent my local florist shop Gather just about weekly if I can!)

So here we go:

Why Paper Flowers?

paper flowers in a circle

Longevity

Paper Flowers last a good deal of time. For ages even! Isn’t it nice to look at pretty things?  These roses were made for a young middle school girl in our town who was diagnosed with childhood Leukemia.  Our girl requested black roses which instantly makes me love her for her uniqueness…but Mom vetoed.  (understandably) Good thing though, because I learned that our girl ended up loving the flowers as they were and they will last her a good long time!

Women at a crafting workshop

Entertainment

Hobby, Workshops, Team Activity, Ladies Nights Out, Birthdays, Fundraisers, you name it…. Paper Flowers offer endless interest and entertainment!  See the smiles these five women are sporting?  That’s because they spent the evening making my hybrid rose, inspired from a Fiji Hybrid variety, originally bred by Kordes!

close up of a paper flower

Sustainability

Bring beauty to your event AND paper flowers live on for other uses, such as gifts, favors and decor!  This pretty red rose represented the Enchanted Rose in Beauty and the Beast.  My step daughter’s drama club put on a really sweet rendition and this rose made it through the show and now is proudly displayed on a mantle as a keepsake.

flower arch way

Mix Well with Real

We work with your florist at any level and event.  We can make a la carte flowers and send them to your florist to be mixed and arranged with real and greenery, we can create large scale backdrops, any combination of which can be discussed and collaborated on with your florist and event planner!  See these awesome photos of this beautiful arch?  They are from the facebook feed of the talented and resourceful Britta Wilson of Iron Violets Design Studio in St Paul, Minnesota. 

flower arch way

Always in Season

Want Coral Charm Peonies in January?  Or Iceland Poppies in November?  A special variety of rose that is difficult for your florist to source?  We got your back! 

flower arch way

Customizable

right down to size and color!  Want orange and pink Juliet Roses?  Extra-large dahlias and some small ones?  Dusky lavender or mythical blue roses?  Yes, yes, and YES we can do this!    

Flowers in a vase

Art Form

in recent years Paper Flowers join paintings, sculpture, quilting, drawing, embroidery, fine woodworking and a myriad of other mediums as art decor in homes, businesses, fashion and events.  See this lovely photo? Built in a custom ceramic vessel, it is a one of a kind, heirloom quality Paper Flower Sculpture created by Amity Beane of Florabeane Flowers as part of an exhibit curated every summer by The Good Supply in Bristol Maine. The show featured four working female artists, Amity being one of them. How cool! Want this lovely piece or one of the other pieces from Amity’s perfectly curated exhibit in your home or business? Contact The Good Supply for arrangements.

Woman wearing paper flowers

Haute Couture

Paper Flowers have been created for thousands of years for use in fashion and we are experiencing a revival! Many famous fashion houses and renowned photographers have used paper flowers in their work, ranging from the simple, single stem to elaborate headdresses like the one in this stunning photograph created by @nikizyan_flora for photographer @ivanagirard! Nik hand created each flower of this piece in under a week-you go girl! This is amazing work by all artists involved from the photography to the flowers to the amazing makeup! 

Now that all that has been laid out…can’t you imagine a paper flower wall the size of your house at your next special event?   I sure can…and I want to make it for you!!!

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