British artist Helen Ahpornsiri brings a whole new meaning to botanical illustration with her incredible works of art made of pressed flowers and leaves. The delicate pieces are meant to portray the diversity of the natural world, from mammals and birds to insects and sea creatures.
Take a look at some of the beautiful illustrations below.
Using real flowers, petals, stems and leaves, Ahpornsiri responsibly searches for the materials in her own garden and local natural sites! Each botanical element is carefully chosen to celebrate its natural form, and in some works the artist even uses specific elements to match his subject's natural habitat.
In one piece, a seahorse is made from tiny pieces of red seaweed, and in another, a majestic blue whale is made entirely from pressed seaweed. "The seaweed I use is harvested from the beaches of the south coast of England. I look for loose pieces of seaweed along waterlines and in rock pools, especially after rough seas, to avoid disturbing the surrounding ecosystem," said the artist.
Even if she gets her material from nature doesn't mean her work is easy! Before each illustration, she has to first press each foliage for about one to six weeks.
Once laid flat, the flowers and leaves are ready to be laid out on paper. The artist explains: “Each piece is then cut out and delicately positioned to form detailed illustrations; all overflowing with intricate twists and entanglements of plant life."
This bird's nest is absolutely incredible and so detailed.
A close look her work reveals how incredibly detailed each illustration is. This artist certainly has incredible patience and a very steady hand!
What a beautiful way to use dying plants, allowing them to be part of beautiful artwork. “I prefer to use ferns and common wildflower species because I like the idea of giving something modest, or considered a weed, a new story,” said Helen “and they are relatively easy to read. cultivate."
Here are a few more pieces of her incredible work.
What do you think of her pieces? It might encourage you to do the same, you simply have to go in the backyard to get the material!