Emily Paluska’s paper flowers might be delicate, but as opposed to the real thing – they’re meant to last. According to Paluska, flowers are the sort of natural glue that keeps us connected to where we come from and where we’re going.
With flowers being a constant theme throughout her work (with the occasional mushroom and fern leaf), her inspiration naturally comes from the outdoors – through walks around her neighborhood and visits to gardens. “Some of the best gardens I’ve ever seen are in Capitol Hill,” she told Ballpitmag. “I also have easy access to the National Botanic Garden, the Arboretum and I have family in Pennsylvania where I can go to Longwood Gardens a few times a year. Seeing a flower in real life is what triggers my creativity and desire to recreate it in paper.”
But funnily enough, her paper art obsession began by mere chance. “I had seen paper flowers sporadically online and thought it might be a fun thing to try,” she explained on her website. “I had no idea what I was doing but I sat on the floor of my bedroom watching videos and looking at pictures of plants, learning as I went.”
“After being a lifetime appreciator of the arts, I never considered myself an artist,” she says. “I used to think an artist was only someone that could paint or draw. I know now that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The creative world is vast and there is room for everyone.”