ISSUE 39  |  Old Meets New

The Ultimate Pressed Flowers

September 27, 2012 7:00 PM

BY Margot Guralnick

A friend in London called our attention to the work of Rachel Dein, an artist and theater prop maker who specializes in preserving the ghost impressions of flowers and objects in quadrants of plaster. She describes her results as “fossils from everyday life.”

Above: Dein begins by rolling out clay and gently pressing flowers or other objects into it.

Above: After creating the desired impressions, Dein hammers and seals a wooden frame onto the clay and pours plaster over it.

Above: Dein’s finished pieces capture the ephemeral beauty of all sorts of things. She often works on commission using a client’s cherished object, such as a toy or wedding bouquet or christening gown.

Above: Dein’s tiles are made from an extra-hard white British plaster called Crystacal R. They come in two sizes, 12 by 12 centimeters and 40 by 40 centimeters. Prices start at £35 for a small tile and £150 for a large one.

Above: Large tiles have brass mirror plates on the back for hanging. They fit into pizza boxes for easy shipping. For more information and to place an order, see Tactile Studio.

For more DIY floral inspiration, read about how to grow your own wedding flowers.