Van Gogh Irises paper flowers

Van Gogh Irises paper flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-


Paper flowers


Vincent van Gogh, 1853–1890


Oil on canvas

Metropolitan Museum of Art

When I was a teenager I first visited New York City. One of the clearest memories I have of that trip was seeing van Gogh’s paintings in person for the first time. It literally brought tears to my eye’s in a way that no other work of art had ever done. I had seen van Gogh’s work reproduced in but the feeling of seeing it in person, the feeling I got. . . It’s never left. When I began my exploration of recreating masterpieces in paper flowers, I used those feelings, that experience to guild me to this painting. The same painting I stood in front of all those years ago, that painting that made me weep.

If you are just starting to make paper flowers you might not notice how different the paper I use in my kits are. Traditionally paper flowers are made out of crepe paper or tissue paper. While these papers do make amazing flowers I have never been satisfied with how flat the colors seem. When tackling such a masterpiece a single color would have never worked. It needs those colors, it needs those brush strokes. The paper in this kit allows all of those details so that they not only represent an iris but evoke Van Gogh’s irises.

I have turned my paper flowers into kits because I believe that art is for everyone and everyone is an artist. I’ve taken my expertise as a paper flower artist and concentrated it into kits that provide everything needed to make paper flowers with an unparalleled level of detail. My kits are a fresh way to connect with the world of fine art and have flowers that will last for years. They allow people to skip the years of work and get right to the good stuff, connecting with the joy of making something with their hands.   

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