Peonies – A Study NEW! Class
Sunday, November 11, 11:30-4:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Dolan
Lynn Dolan, botanical artist extraordinaire, is fascinated by vintage botanical prints. She likes to mimic the aesthetic by including buds, leaves, seed pods, and the like when making her crepe paper flowers, and she’s become a master at replicating the smallest details. When looking at Lynn’s Instagram posts, it can be difficult to distinguish between what she’s made from paper and the photos she's taken of real flowers! (See for yourself @lmdolan75.) In this class you’ll use different types of crepe paper and coloring agents to shape a peony in full bloom. True to the spirit of vintage illustrations, you’ll make a spray complete with buds, leaves, and, if time permits, a seed pod. Lynn will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the different imported crepe papers used in class and provide templates for the leaves and the parts of the flower. But most important, she’ll share her tips for “tweaking” the crepe and adding subtle color to mirror the way peonies look in nature. (She can also show how to add rust spots and insect trails for true verisimilitude.) One of the delights of taking a class with Lynn is her extensive botanical knowledge and fun stories about the world of plants. You’ll learn a new way of looking at and experiencing the plants and flowers all around you. A day spent with Lynn is truly a special treat for plant lovers, avid gardeners, and botanical artists! 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.”