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Floral Fossils by Ronni Nicole + Best of the Web

by Grace Bonney

One of the only downsides of fresh flowers is that they don’t last forever. Whether you’re hoping to remember flowers from a wedding, special party, a birthday or any other celebration, holding on to the actual blooms is pretty difficult unless you plan to hang them upside down and dry them. While I love a nice dried hydrangea bunch, I especially love when artists come up with clever and beautiful ways to help people preserve memories.

Philadelphia-based artist Ronni Nicole does just that with her Floral Fossils. I discovered her work on Instagram and have been smitten with the way she works ever since. Ronni works with clients to create custom clay pieces that honor a special bloom or bouquet they’d like to remember. She transforms flowers and clay into a beautiful art piece that can be displayed and enjoyed for years and years to come. I love her tiny pieces the most (I’d like to do a shadowbox piece of several flowers from our garden), but Ronni also produces striking large-scale work, too. Click here to check out more of her work online. Until Monday, here’s wishing you all a safe and happy weekend. -xo, Grace

 

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  • Ummmm, I literally just discovered that I could be eligible for $17,500 loan forgiveness because I have provided special education services in a low income school district for the last five years. Thank you, Design Sponge!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Kathrin,
      Thank you. I do ship to Germany. I unfortunately don’t have anything for sale at the moment. I am however finishing my new collection that will be posted on my website http://www.RonNicole.com mid October. If you would like, you can email me HelloatRonNicole.com and I will update you once the collection is posted. Again thank you. —Ronni Nicole

  • These are so pretty, I hope to buy one some day, I saw a post in Martha Stewart Living a couple of years back about a woman in England that does similar art but on a huge scale and I decided that I was capable of this medium, bought molds, cement, etc, and let me just say it is a lot harder than it looks and I am in awe of your work!

    • Hi Amy, Sorry for the delayed response. Thank you so much. Yes, I recently learned of her by a Design Sponge fan. She is amazing. So happy to have someone to aspire to. I just started using this medium a couple of years ago, so I completely understand what you mean. There is a huge learning curve, but it’s very rewarding. I started by creating herbariums, so it felt natural to move in this direction. I love that it stops time and you can save a special moment forever. Cheers- Ronni Nicole

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