Bouquets to Art @ the de Young

IMG_3160This gorgeous, enormous piece hung in the main room; it consists of 1,500 roses, 1,500 branches, and numerous copper rods!

Every year in March, the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park holds a very special event called Bouquets to Art.  This year I was able to attend for the first time!  Bouquets to Art is an exhibition of talented floral designers who create floral art inspired by a piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection.  Many of the designers were present the day I visited so I got to learn a little more about the actual process.  In the fall, the de Young contacts designers to ask them to choose the top three pieces that they would like to use as inspiration.  The designers wait in anticipation until three weeks before the event to find out which piece the museum has chosen for them.  One designer said that she has been waiting for three years to design after the piece she was given this year!  Some of the floral pieces are quite literal and others are more abstract representations of the original artwork.  Here are some of my favorites:

  IMG_3159I especially love this because the painting is of Martin Johnson Heade’s Twilight at Singing Beach in Manchester, MA–a beach that I personally love!




Not only did I have the pleasure of enjoying the incredible floral creations, I also visited the Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George Exhibit, which is still up for the next few weeks–get there if you are local!


Sprrring forward!

Spring is finally here!  Along with beautiful weather, spring is an exciting time for IMPRESSED by nature.  With flowers blooming everywhere, natural inspiration is in abundance.

IMG_3026snap peas in full bloom in my backyard garden…yummm

Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Over the last six months, I have been developing a new collection of pressed flower jewelry.  The process was quite organic–all the while intently focused on IMPRESSED by nature’s mission: to preserve the brief, wondrous life of a plant, in a simple and stylish way that allows botanical sublimity to speak for itself.

Here is a photo journey to the final product:

July ’13

IMG_1896During a trip to LA for Renegade Craft Fair, I happened upon a small bead shop in Silver Lake where I discovered gorgeously unique Picasso-style Czech glass beads.  They caught my eye because of their solid, rich color yet rustic look and feel.  I had been looking for a way to incorporate new elements to my jewelry–these beads seemed like they would add pops of color as well as a bit of weight.

August ’13

IMG_1906I could hardly wait to see what would become of my beaded additions. Here is the first experiment – yellow sunflowers complemented with red beads.

September ’13

IMG_2343Bead inspiration and experimentation continue! These turquoise teardrop-shaped Czech glass beads were discovered on a regular run to my local jewelry supply store.  You can also see a glimpse into my sketchbook with more new designs!  (See these earrings on Etsy!)

October ’13

IMG_2472I was so smitten with the Picasso-style Czech glass beads that I discovered in LA that I just had to find more of them!  Using Pantone’s Spring Color Report, I invested in coral, turquoise, pineapple, and butter pecan beads to accompany my floral beauties.

November/December ’13

IMG_2546 More colorful experimentation continues! (See these earrings on Etsy!)

January ’14

IMG_2877With all designs finalized, I set up product and model photo shoots in January.  Here is a view from behind the camera outdoors at my studio.  (See these earrings on Etsy!)

julia photo shootThe model photo shoot was set in Sonoma with gorgeous and lovely friend, Julia!  It was an unseasonably warm and sunny January day–adding warmth to the Spring/Summer “feel” of the shoot.

February ’14

After all that hard work, here is the final product…

IMPRESSED by nature’s Spring/Summer 2014 Line includes two collections. 
The first is a brand new venture into an exploration of Balance.  The inspiration for this collection stems from the curious ways that individuals define and strike balance–from personal life balancing to more tangible manifestations.  From a design perspective, I am fascinated by the varied ways to find balance through orientation, weight, texture, material, color, etc.  By incorporating vibrant, yet rustic Czech glass beads into my designs, I have delved deeper into what balance means in my work and how it informs my overall aesthetic.
The second is a revisit to the Naturalist Collection, which is inspired by the pure essence of nature’s bouquet.  With limited accompaniments, this collection is designed to highlight the beauty that surrounds us.  By using simple designs and earthy copper metal components, the botanical world speaks for itself.


See the full collection for sale on Etsy and Storenvy!

Getting to Know… The Recoverie

As a proud member of the SFEtsy Team, I recently participated in a team-wide artist interview swap.  I had the opportunity to chat with Danielle Broder of The Recoverie.  Dani is a San Francisco-based artist who creates gorgeous home decor, the likes of which will add charm and cheer to any room in your home!  Read more about her here…

What is your most anticipated part of the day?

Since every day is different, that’s hard to say.  The only consistent thing I do every day is check my email a gajillion times.  But that can be fun because a lot of times I get contacted by people for custom orders, or people asking questions about my work.  I never know what’s coming.


zebra prints created for the SFEtsy Zoo Project

What is a day in your life look like?

Every day is different.  Some days I’m sketching, some days I’m working at the coffee shop, sometimes printing in my studio or staging photos, other times I’m out sourcing supplies.

It’s spring!  What is trending for you?

I try and stay away from super trendy trendy-ness, but right now I’m working with a lot of floral patterns, organic shapes, and maybe something polka-dot-esque later down the line.


8×10 chevron print in blue

At what point did you realize, “I can turn this creativity into a business!”?

It was more like, wow I really don’t like working for other people, what can I do to work for myself?  Design has always been something that came naturally to me, so everything just fell into place eventually.  Then I really got into the business side of it.

What is your favorite product right now?

My pillows were the first thing I made, and they are still my favorite. I like the bright mismatched colors together.


lotus print pillows in rose

What is an image that is inspirational to you in this very moment?

The collection I am creating right now is called Secret Garden.  I have an image of bare branches creeping up a wooden column that I took in the Presidio one day that I have been looking at for inspiration lately.


What is the most challenging aspect of your business? the most inspiring? the most rejuvenating?

challenging- forcing myself to be creative when I’m having a block.
inspiring- coming up with a new design that I love, and printing it for the first time.
rejuvenating- getting out of my studio and doing shows, talking and getting feedback from my customers.  I always come home with tons of new ideas.


heart table runner

Thanks for sharing, Dani!

Find Dani and The Recoverie here: