As I explained to you, my silk flowers are made entirely by hand, without using already composed pieces available in the vast ocean of commerce e without using molds which are usually used to cut several layers of fabric, so as to obtain a large number of flowers of the same shape.
What I make are silk flowers that have various steps to be carried out before arriving at the finished creation. We start with the silk treatment which must be worked to be adapted to the cut of the flowers.
Once you have obtained the right consistency from the silk, we move on to realization of the petals . Which can vary according to the flower.
For example in a single peony we have 130 petals to cut, while for a poppy I’m only 4. But this does not mean that a flower with few petals can be easier to make, far from it. Flowers with many petals require a lot of patience, but then the final result is guaranteed. When a flower with a few petals such as poppy or the iris, there can be no margins for error because they would be seen even to an untrained eye. So in my opinion, a flower with few petals requires a lot of skill in knowing how to execute it perfectly, while a flower with many petals like the English rose requires patience with the possibility of being more successful in the final result.
But back to us, once the petals have been cut, comes the part that I prefer the most … give color to every single part. Primary colors begin to blend until you get the right color tone. Then the petals are modeled and then assembled.
As much as I have reduced the whole creation of a silk flower, in a few lines, you must believe me when I tell you that between one process and another, hours pass before you can proceed with the next one. Furthermore, it is essential that each step is done with skill, in order to obtain an excellent result from each of them.
My silk flowers are made with the ancient Japanese Somebana technique . This technique involves the silk treatment in order to make it workable. Then we move on to mixing of various color pigments , in order to obtain the desired shade. The silk is designed with the various patterns that are needed and then they are cut.
At this point, every single piece is colored and shaded and then worked with millinery tools , in order to give it vitality.
A technique that allows you to achieve flowers of a unique delicacy and beauty and gives the possibility to have customizations to each piece created.
The method I use does not include cutting dies but everything is expertly cut by hand . This guarantees in pieces with small differences , which in the assembly give greater naturalness to the finished creation. The first rule that mother nature teaches us is that perfection does not exist, following this rule that I can give life to my silk flowers.