There's no denying that a bunch of flowers brings joy for both the giver and the receiver. (And yes, self-gifting definitely counts.) Brown paper and lashings of twine containing a bundle of hope. Or a bundle of sorry. A bundle of 'I care'. Whatever the occasion in the petals and stems of fragrant blooms, a moment is lingered over and celebrated. But as with many of life's pleasures, the joy is momentary. Temporary. To be enjoyed and then discarded with the week's scrapings and wrappers. But what if a bloom could last forever, a moment savoured, a caring thought cherished? Well, thanks to incredible paper artist, Susan Beech of A Petal Unfolds, this is happy possibility. Taking crepe paper of all hues, a trusty pair of scissors and a whole lot of knowledge about the intricacies of flowers, Susan crafts these beautiful blooms with such precision and passion. Seriously, nip on over to Susan's instagram feed and prepare to be amazed!
Now keen to share her talent with others, Susan has teamed up with the lovely team at Quill London to teach the art of paper flower making. I was lucky enough to get a preview of the class with a bunch of other sweet blogging pals, and goodness me, those attending the class are in for a treat! For us bloggers we learnt folding, cutting and glueing techniques as the wine flowed, the cookies (thank you Honeywell Bakes) were devoured and the cake (thank you S K Cakes) was cut. What's more at the end of the class I tried my luck and Susan generously gave me two of her own creations to bring home and photograph along with my own. (Thank you, Susan!)
While I still have a way to go developing my own paper artist skills, it was such a relaxing class and Susan's encouraging, friendly and unassuming nature made it such a joy! And sure enough, by following her gentle guidance at the end of the time I'd produced a pretty peony.
Here are a few photos the gorgeous cake and cookies we enjoyed - just look at that grey marble with gold flecks decoration on the cookies. So gorgeous. And the cake, complete with rice paper flowers was stunning!
Can you tell which of the stems below I made? I had such fun photographing the trio; their soft peach petals looked lovely on my simple white linen cloth.
Below are a couple of images taken from Susan's instagram feed to show how jolly talented she is - those dahlias are so life-like! It amazes me how paper can be manipulated, cut and folded so intricately to produce such beautiful creations.
To find out more about the Quill London and A Petal Unfolds workshops, click over here - currently the listed classes are sold out, so it is definitely worth signing up to the Quill mailing list to be notified when more go on sale. They sell out super fast!
Thank you so much to Susan, Lucy and Alexa for inviting me to such a wonderful evening!
All photos shot and styled by Ruth Garner for Gathered Cheer.