Art by nature, and Micki

Pressed Flower Art. It's simple. Nature provides the medium, I just help preserve it's beauty.

" N Art" is so I can include my other creative adventures from time to time.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Winning Ribbons and The Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show is officially open. All of the hard work is behind me, and it's time for fun.

First I have some good news to share. Three out of four of my entries took ribbons this year at the show. My "Vin' picture won third place.

My watch in the jewelry class also won third place, and my purse won an honorable mention.

To top it off, all of my nieces were winners with their entries too. Of course I am so proud of each of them. We have so many artists in this family!

My nieces, left of Jaci's picture
The kids were anxiously waiting for the judging to get done.

We got a great preview of the show Friday night!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Philadelphia Flower Show Entries

After a few years as serving as chair or vice -chair at the show and not competing in this art form, I am happy to say that I completed all four of my entries for the Philadelphia Flower Show. It was a tough task, as I was a bit rusty in the competition area. In addition, for the first time this year, I branched out from the Pressed Plants Class, and entered the Jewelry Class. Though not one was perfect, I was pleased with my entries, and the fact that I was able to get them all done.

Here are my entries for the 2011 Philadelphia Flower Show" Springtime in Paris":

Class 142 "Bon Appetit"

Made from bark, leaves and flowers, this class called for a picture depicting a cafe.

Class 143 "VIN"

Requirement: A Scene incorporating wine or a vineyard.

Made with bark, leaves, roses, hydrangea, tendrils and more all natural plant materials.

Class 145 "La Boheme"

This was a three dimensional class, calling for an opera purse.

My Jewelry Entry:
Class 181 " Heure D' Aller! " (Time to Go)

The objective was to create a wearable timepiece inspired by a french jeweler.

Truthfully I was inspired by my materials, more than anything else! Materials used: cloves, sago palm, birch bark, lotus stem and dogwood petals.

This class, unlike Pressed Plants, allows for painting of plant materials. Because this is new to me, I was a bit crazy trying to make it all come together.