appeared in all the windows along
34th Street for the 2009 Macy’s
How did you choose paper? I’ve tried
all sorts of paper. I prefer drawing paper
and pastel paper. The first reason is the
strength–the flowers really hold their
shape once they are assembled, as
opposed to more delicate papers like
tissue or crêpe, which are less sturdy.
The second reason I use art paper is
the range of colors–between the three
paper companies that I use, you can
find virtually every color you want.
Why did you choose flowers? I feel
like they chose me. I set out to be a
fashion illustrator. I feel really lucky that
the wave kind of drifted to sculpture.
My parents are both very creative and
my dad is a carpenter and a maker of
things. So I know 3D is in my blood, but
until recent years I always was drawn
more to 2D and drawing. My priorities
in making art have always been beauty,
color, and silhouette. Flowers have
Why paper as a medium? It’s very
versatile, and paper was a very
accessible medium for me since I didn’t
have a background in sculpture. Also, I
find it interesting to build on my fashion
experience and use draping and flat-pattern techniques on paper, to make
something curve or bend a way a flat
plane wouldn’t normally.
What inspires you? A desire to do
new things and create new things. To
travel as much as I can. I am always
fascinated with the natural world.
What would be your dream project?
Any project that would allow me to
travel, especially overseas. I’d like to
design the sets and costumes for a
play or ballet. I would also like to make
a stop motion movie about flowers and
growing, maybe with an educational
bent. I’d also like to volunteer my
in making art