Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Simple Pleasures

Spring flowers — so lovely to see fresh colour after the long grey days of winter.

(photo by me on instagram)

Atelier: Mary Delany

It's hard to believe that these extraordinary flower collages were created almost two centuries ago. The work of the artist and writer Mary Delany (1700-1788), these delicate hand-cut works were begun by her at the age of seventy-two, part of a series of what was to become nearly a thousand collages, or 'paper mosaics' as she called them. I'm now inspired to read more about Mary, who had a fascinating life.

(image source)
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