Monday, April 04, 2011

Ancient Botanical Art

At the Oriental Institute Museum in Chicago on Saturday, I fell in love with these awesome ferns. They adorned an Assyrian palace, in approximately 3000 BC. I forgot the name of the king, but I think he had excellent taste.

The vase in the middle is 5000 years old! It's from Egypt, and did you notice the row of flowers along the top?  The saying "there's nothing new under the sun" appears to be true. Artists have been using/borrowing the beauty of the plants God made in their creations since the beginning of civilization.


Blogger Mel said...

Hi Elizabeth, I too LOVE the first spring flowers. I don't have any crocuses, but have lots of wild violets. I"m new to pressing, but wondered how you do it. I saw your crocus tutorial, but can't tell if you're removing some of the petals, slicing the plant in halve, through the stem, or just pressing them all at once. Can you give me any advice?
Thanks so much, I so want to send my mom a mother's day card of pressed violets. Melissa - Lawrence, Kansas

2:29 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Mel!

I press the entire crocus flower - all at once, although I usually do the leaves separately.
Violets are easy to press too - I am planning to do a tutorial on pressing violets next week - so please check back. Thanks for stopping by, and happy spring!
Kind Regards,

2:46 PM  
Blogger Mel said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love your blog and website and am ordering a microfleur press in the next day or two. I'd love to make my mom a mother's day card out of wild violets, but don't really know where to start. I looked at your crocus tutorial, but can't tell if you split the stem and flower into two parts, remove some leaves, or press the whole thing at once. Can you offer any advice for wild violets? They won't be here for long. Thanks so much. Melissa - Lawrence, KS

3:07 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi again Mel,

You are right - they won't be here for long. They aren't even up yet here in Wisconsin, but I will try to get something up on the blog for you in the next few days.
Wild violets will make a great Mother's day card for your Mom!


3:59 PM  
Anonymous said...

I wonder if there were actually flowers in that 5000 year old vase during the time of its creation. And if so then what species...? Perhaps something long extinct.

1:09 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

That is such an interesting question Mimi! You are right - whatever flowers that were in that vase could very well be extinct. Now you have me wondering...

6:18 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Hi Mel,

Here's the answers to your questions:

- I hope this helps, if not, let me know and I will try to elaborate.

Happy pressing!

11:58 AM  

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