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Sian Thomas

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Artwork for Sian Thomas

Detail glass gilding and pressed flower works

Detail Pressed Flower Artwork

Botanical Art

Preserved bridal bouquet

Preserved garden with gold leaf

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I create artworks and products using pressed flowers and gold leaf. Alongside floral preservation I create unique works reflecting the Herefordshire countryside. All of the flowers I use I either grow or are pick locally advocating a grown not flown mentality as well as creating sustainable floral works. As well as the pressed flower frames I use my loved of traditional crafts such as gilding, bookbinding and calligraphy to create my products.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Being an artist is creativity, respect for nature and traditional crafts and a mindful practice for me. My practice has evolved from not just the skills I’ve learnt but the environment I live in. But I also get huge joy creating unique and special pieces for my clients. When preserving other peoples flowers I feel honoured to create these keepsakes that represent such memorable days and I try to reflect them in the works. I love to use what is natural around me and combine this with my love of traditional crafts.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am a botanical artist creating pressed herbarium and gold leaf products and floral preservation.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My practice includes workshops in gilding (glass and oil based gilding), bookbinding and modern calligraphy.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I have an MA from London College of Communication (University of Arts London). I also worked in a traditional and digital print studio for years where the director become a mentor of mine and introduced me to traditional arts such as letterpress printing. I was trained in gilding and signwriting by an incredible sign writer and took these skills to develop and using gold leaf within my work.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Not on the High Street
The Courtyard
Leaf Ledbury
Various bridal sites

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