Botanicals – Playing with Papers, Texture, and Colors Class
Tuesday November 13, 6-8:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Dolan
Lynn Dolan, a California-based artist, has spent years playing with a wide variety of papers, coloring agents, and textural techniques to achieve special effects in her botanical art. She’ll happily “abuse” the paper – think wetting it, wringing it out, and baking it in the oven – to see what happens! Lynn began by using crepe paper almost exclusively in her botanical art but, in her quest for realism, she’s now branched out to work with materials such as banana paper, ordinary kraft paper, and even such common household papers as coffee filters and dryer sheets. She also works with a wide range of coloring agents: alcohol inks, watercolors, wax, artist pastels, colored pencils, color sprays, and the like. This is a class of demos and doing, with lots of hands on time for experimenting with the subtle techniques Lynn’s discovered. She provides templates so that you can make a simple wild rose or a small bouquet of them if you’d like, but it’s fine if you just want to make miscellaneous leaves and petals to practice the techniques. The ultimate message is that you don’t have to be a purist with materials when making something. Use whatever you need and manipulate it however you want in order to achieve the effect you’re looking for. You can see how successful Lynn has been with this approach by looking at her Instagram posts (@lmdolan75). It can be difficult to distinguish between what she’s made from paper and the photos she's taken of real flowers! Take all three of Lynn’s classes and receive a Two Hands Paperie Gift Card for $25!
Please bring the following optional materials to class:
Optional: a favorite pair of scissors for fine cutting
Optional: wire cutters
Optional: an apron
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Lynn Dolan calls herself an indiscriminate lover of flowers and trees and says her paper flower creations are “very humble love notes to Nature and her artistry”. People drawn to her work tend to be plant lovers, avid gardeners, and other botanical artists who are entranced by her strikingly realistic, three-dimensional reproductions. It’s sometimes necessary to look twice at the pictures she posts on Instagram (@lmdolan75) to tell her work from the photo studies she’s taken of real flowers.
Much of the inspiration for Lynn’s own style comes from Constance Spry, a pioneering English floral designer in the 1930s through the 1950s. Spry turned her back on the highly structured floral decorations of her era, which were made of expensive cut flowers, and embraced the modest oddity and the different materials like grasses and berries that were usually discarded. When she lectured at the Women’s Auxiliary of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, headlines in the slightly horrified New York Herald read “Kale Bouquets Found to Tickle British Fancy”, “Decorator for Windsors Uses Vegetables or Weeds if They’re Ornamental”, and “She Glorifies the Tomato, Rhubarb, and Artichoke”. We’re used to such bouquets now but they were revolutionary at the time. In her own work, Lynn takes to heart Spry’s advice to “Let the flowers remind you of how they look when growing”.
The realism of Lynn’s art has led to some interesting opportunities. Early in 2016 the Minnesota School of Botanical Art asked her to create a set of pieces and teach a class based on Flora Delanica, which is a series of almost one thousand botanically accurate paper collages created in the 1700s by Mary Delany. The collages are housed in the British Museum and are still used by botanists for reference.
Lynn was interviewed by Vogue for Why It’s Time to Reconsider Fake Flowers, which appeared in the magazine’s April 24, 2016, issue. Her observation? “Flowers will never go out of style. I think our replicating them via fabric, clay, or paper comes out of a desire to possess their ephemeral beauty- and to try to hold onto it long after the real thing has withered away with the season.”