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Creating a more lasting memory with ...... paper, flowers

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:25 AMAmitabh Sharma
Three dimensions of paper - a bouquet created by Rowanne Taylor.
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Rowanne Taylor - converting paper scraps to create magical pieces.
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Rowanne Taylor's creations adorn a bedroom.
It is all about precision, a work in progress by Rowanne Taylor.
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“The earth laughs in flowers,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, for Rowanne Taylor, the flowers are manifestation of labour of love and their bloom evolves from scissors and glue.
Taylor’s journey began at an early age, when her mother encouraged her draw and to make birthday cards for the family. “We are a very big family so with so many birthdays, there were a lot of cards to make,” she said.
Her love for craft was inherent, and her love for using paper as a medium evolved over the years.
“I chose paper because it’s easy to manipulate and sustainable,” she said. “With paper, the colours are endless, the textures and finishes are varying and it’s not limiting.”

Putting life into an innate object like paper is a work of imagination, clips of the scissors and dabs of glue. The fragility of the flower petals evolve in these rigid yet subtle statements, which do not wilt as quickly as the nature’s creations.

“With paper flowers, you are able to hold on to the joy that real flowers bring, however for much longer,” she said.

Creating flowers from paper, she said, was to immortalise an amorous memory.

“I received a bouquet from my fiancé, and knowing that within a few days, what once created “life” to my surroundings would soon wither and be trashed, so I took a photo and framed it,” Taylor said.
This was that eureka moment when she decided to recreate flowers in paper, which though might not be able to replace Mother Nature’s creations, but are as appealing with a longer lifespan.
Taylor’s paper flower creations are feast for the eyes — the only element that is missing is the sweet scent — not that this is a hint to spray your favourite perfume as a substitute.
“With paper flowers,” she said. “You are able to hold on to the joy that real flowers bring, however for much longer.”
Taylor describes the experience as exciting and rewarding, but one that comes with its occupational hazards — paper cuts and hot glue gun burns. 
She, though, is juggling between her mundane and insular corporate life, with the flights of freedom across the universe in her creative pursuits.
“To be honest it provides the perfect balance to my life,” she said. “While my job doesn’t require paper and scissors, I’m allowed to hone my creativity through instructional design and while training in the classroom.”
In a perfect world, she would choose the creative side over her corporate life, but for the moment, Taylor views both sides as complementing each other.
The history of creating flowers with paper goes back to the Egypt and China, almost 5000 years back, when mankind invented paper. Flowers made of paper have found their place as adornments and offering to deities — connecting the moral being with the immortal supreme.
This is an art, Taylor says, satisfies her soul; and she sees her creations as conversational, imaginative and timeless.
“What started off as a hobby has transformed into a passion that has become a part of who I am,” she said. “I’d love to take my craft to the next level.”
Her dream, she said, is to make lasting floral pieces for brides, provide photographers with backdrops and props, card lovers with unique handmade cards and just anyone looking for something “pretty” to add a special touch to their event.
“It’s not just about making paper flowers,” she said. “It’s about creating a mood for those who receive them … simply put — I’d like to take my craft as far as life will allow me.”
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