The art of pressing leaves and flowers to preserve their beauty is nothing new.
Scientists, artists, and hobbyists have been doing it for centuries, and it’s even helped us classify and learn about different plant species!
Maybe you’ve even done it yourself in a dictionary or another heavy book.
Artist and illustrator Helen Ahpornsiri is someone who lives this tradition, and uses pressed leaves, ferns, flowers, and even algae in her illustrations, taking pressed plants in a completely new direction. She uses them to create intricate colleges in the shapes of animals and even some favorite pop culture figures.
Many artists take inspiration from nature, like the artist who uses fresh flowers and plants to create beautiful but temporary works of art.
Ahpornsiri’s art, however, lasts a bit longer thanks to being pressed and dried, then mounted on paper with exacting care and precision.
Using the natural shapes of the plants, Ahpornsiri creates detailed images of her subjects, and the result is a dense pattern that almost looks like a fabric pattern than a collection of pressed plants.
Check out some of her work for yourself, and you might get inspired to collect some specimens of your own come spring!