Stephanie Redlinger’s Paper Botanicals Are Simply Breathtaking

Stephanie Redlinger’s handcrafted paper botanicals deserve more hype. Inspired by nature, Redlinger works mainly with fine crepe paper, recreating plants, flowers, and mushrooms that look uncannily like the real thing.

“I’ve always loved paper,” she told Ballpitmag. “I love the tactile feel of good paper. The smell of old paper. The myriad forms paper can take. I also love that paper often seems ephemeral and delicate, but under the right circumstances, it can last lifetimes.”

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Redlinger is very much informed by her natural surroundings. “There’s a lot of open space around my home in Colorado, and I love watching the colors of the landscape change throughout the seasons,” she says. “I visit plant nurseries a lot, and botanical gardens when I can, to see what’s blooming. And I’ve recently become enamored with the floral paintings of Odilon Redon.”

Her work process includes copious amounts of research on her subjects both before and during the making process. This means studying live plants and flowers, but also online image searches and combing through books and magazines. The result is simply breathtaking (we can’t stress this enough!)

See for yourself.