Winter is the perfect time to celebrate the particular qualities of black and white, rendered here in a photograph and an ink drawing.
“Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that color never can.”
— Musician Jack Antonoff
Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.
— Photographer Robert Frank
“Color is distracting in a way, it pleases the eye but it doesn’t necessarily reach the heart.” – Photographer Kim Hunter
Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world. — Photographer Joel Sternfeld
“Perhaps I am old-fashioned, but black and white films still hold an affectionate place in my heart; they have an incomparable mystique and mood.”― Actress Ginger Rogers
“Art is like a border of flowers along the course of civilization.” — Lincoln Steffens
Paper artist Sarah Yakawonis is a genius. She wasn’t satisifed with the papers many paper artists use to make flowers, so she invented her own. Through painstaking research (deconstructing real flowers) she also developed her own methods of recreating wildflower bouquets and creating amazingly detailed creations inspired by various artists and artistic periods. She has her own Folded Petal shops on Etsy and Amazon to enable others to enjoy making their own reproductions from her designs. Each kit provides all the materials — wire, floral tape, her own custom-made papers, and individual guide booklets. All you need are scissors, needle-nosed pliers/wire cutters, and a wee bit of glue.
She also offers regional workshops, one of which I was lucky enough to attend recently through Maine College of Art’s Continuing Studies Program. It was great fun to spend the day with other folks, learning firsthand how to create long-lasting paper wildflowers. They are a bit labor-intensive to make, but that’s part of the point — it’s relaxing to use your hands to make botanically accurate creations. The results are stunning and inspiring, and the sky’s the limit as to how you could adapt these designs (though if you get the kits, a lot of the work is done for you!)
Especially if you live in Maine, having such wonderful flowers year-round is a real treat!
Above: Paper Flowers from MECA’s CS Paper Sculpture Wildflower Class