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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