According to paper artist, Emily Paluska, flowers are a sort of natural glue that keeps us connected to where we came from and where we’re going. An admirer of flower gardens, Paluska invites nature inside through her handcrafted paper bouquets.
“Some of the best gardens I’ve ever seen are in Capitol Hill,” she relayed in an interview with Ballpitmag. “I also have easy access to the National Botanic Garden, the Arboretum and I have family in Pennsylvania where I can go to Longwood Gardens a few times a year. Seeing a flower in real life is what triggers my creativity and desire to recreate it in paper.”
It’s this desire which first sparked her interest in paper art. A self-taught artist through and through, it was mere chance that introduced her to her craft. “I had seen paper flowers sporadically online and thought it might be a fun thing to try,” explained Paluska on her website. “I had no idea what I was doing but I sat on the floor of my bedroom watching videos and looking at pictures of plants, learning as I went.”
“After being a lifetime appreciator of the arts, I never considered myself an artist,” she admitted. “I used to think an artist was only someone that could paint or draw. I know now that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The creative world is vast and there is room for everyone.”
Scrolling through her paper gardens might just inspire you to grab a pair of scissors and get to work!