Erica carefully crafts beautiful paper flower arrangements by hand from her home in Brooklyn, New York.
What's your story?
I have always loved creating things. In 2012 I received my BFA in Fashion Design at Moore College of Art & Design and soon there after went on to work in the world of corporate fashion. After a couple of years I realized that I really wanted a little more out of life, and during this time my boyfriend proposed to me.
I always envisioned my dream wedding filled to the brim with flowers, but sadly I suffer from seasonal allergies. Because of this I needed to come up with a way of capturing the beauty of flowers without making my nose feel like it was going to explode : )
After a lot of trial and error, I figured out how to make paper flowers and crafted roughly 400 for my wedding within a year. I received such positive feedback from attendees of our wedding along with family, friends, and people online. I was so inspired that 6 months after my wedding I opened up my Etsy shop, Little Paper Flowers, in December of 2015.
What's your creative process?
Paper flowers are my way of capturing the beauty of flowers forever. It all starts with a quick sketch and a roll of crepe paper and ends with memories that will last a life time. All of my products are whimsical versions of the real life flower they are meant to portray, yet I strive to keep them as realistic as possible.
What makes your work unique?
What makes anyone’s work unique? I find it hard to answer this question. All I can say is my flowers represent my creative spin on what nature already provides.
What advice do you have for other aspiring artists?
One of my favorite quotes is “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” by Neale Donald Walsch. Some of the most prosperous people became successful because they took risks—don’t be afraid to do something that is out of the ordinary. Do what makes you happy, and it won’t feel like you're working at all.
Where can we find your work?
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