May 11 – June 3, 2012
The results are rewarding, the possibilities are endless!
The beauty of flowers has mesmerized people
since the dawn of time. Preserving fresh flowers has been a tradition through
the ages and provides lasting enjoyment of nature's blooms. Celebrating Mother's
Day, National Museum of Natural Science presents the Pressed Flower Art
exhibition in cooperation with Shelley's Garden in Taiching from May 11 through
June 3 at the Conservatory of the Botanical Garden.
“There are many ways to use pressed flowers. Bookmarks, key
chains, jewelry, stationary, and cards etc....are all good choices,” said Dr. Yen Hsing-fu, Curator at the Museum's Botany Department,
“This unique art begins with plants. Delicate flowers, curving stems, bold
leaves - or simple leaves, even a weather-beaten fern still holds a certain
amount of dignity,” Yen continued, “Shelley seeks to place plants in a new
setting that amplifies their uniqueness and celebrates the simplicity of their
beauty in this exhibition.”
Shelley Lu, who is in charge of Shelley’s Garden in Taichung,
has devoted to pressed flower art for over ten years. Her original interest in
painting led her to get to the wonderful world of pressed flower art, and to win
a high award with her works of Boathouse in the 8th Competition for Japan
Pressed Flowers Exhibition of Creation in 2011.
“I love pressed flower art. This art form combines floral
design with drawing and painting, allowing people to express themselves with the
beauty from nature. Utilizing modern drying technology and flower pressing
techniques, the life of the flowers is extended for years of enjoyment,” said
Shelley, “Yes, pressed flowers are delicate and need to be handled with care,
but with the right technique, you'll soon discover just how easy it is to use in
your pictures, cards, invitations, and anything else your imagination
conceives,” continued Lu, “If you are new to this world, don’t feel intimidated.
Working with pressed flowers can be a lot easier and more enjoyable than you
think. Just with a little practice, patience, and imagination, anyone at any
age, with or without previous art training, can learn and master the art of
In addition to displaying 40 works of pressed Ramie and
Marguerite in the Pressed Flower Art exhibition, the Botanical Garden also
offers activities for DIY pressing flowers and other teaching programs about
pressed flowers at 9am & 2pm, May 12 & 19. Come join us to appreciate
the preserved abundance of natural color and delicate shapes. Pressing flowers
is easy and fun!
Pressed Flower Art is organized by the Botanical Garden, NMNS,
in cooperation with Shelley’s Garden, Taichung.