Paper Bouquet

Posted by laura on Sep 14 2008 | Making, Reusable

There are certain catalogs that I just can’t bear to throw away because of the imagery and paper quality. We have a whole collection of stock photo company catalogs that I mine for images when I make cards and luggage tags, and I keep stacks of magazines that use nice heavy paper and great photography. So I’m always thinking about projects for my growing paper collection.

Friday was my lovely friend Satyam’s birthday, and seeing as she’s arty and environmentally focused, I figured a recycled paper bouquet might be right up her alley. It would have been better if I’d had a bit more time to dedicate to it, but I did like how some of the flowers turned out. I think with some effort these could even be wedding bouquets. My daughter got into the game with me and made one of the flowers for the bouquet – we had a great time working together.


In typical fashion, I finished them up just as I was heading out the door, so I just took a couple hasty shots of dubious quality. I do like the contrasting colors and patterns. The big lilly uses a photo of a pink and orange polka-dotted comforter as well as an interior shot of an office space filled with cubicles. I like how they’re nicely abstracted once you cut them up.

Right now my method is a little laborious – I’d love to know how designers at stores like Anthropologie take ideas like this and figure out how to roll them out in quantity. 


6 comments for now

6 Responses to “Paper Bouquet”

  1. This is one of the coolest object you’ve made. The photo is really amazing.

    I was thinking you take that image, and pull out the background a bit to make an angular abstract image…sort of like this.

    16 Sep 2008 at 1:28 pm

  2. doh – here’s the image:

    16 Sep 2008 at 1:34 pm


    16 Sep 2008 at 1:34 pm

  4. laura

    cool, tom! thanks for that. I do like how the photo has a refracted look about it, and your idea of playing with planes of color.

    17 Sep 2008 at 8:47 am

  5. Joe

    you guys live in the same house, right? just checking.

    18 Sep 2008 at 4:33 am

  6. laura

    yes joe… but we only talk using interpretive dance, so it makes it tricky when you get into art concepts.

    ok so he actually just gives me some comments so i won’t get lonely in here!

    19 Sep 2008 at 6:22 am

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