Masterpiece Inspired

Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers

Monet's Water Lilies inspired paper flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers


When you think of the most famous floral painting, Monet's water lilies will always rank among the top. I knew I wanted to recreate them in paper flowers, the challenge came with selecting which one. Monet painted over 300 canvases full of his tranquil pond at Giverny, his home. I spent countless hours searching for the right one. I decided to base my paper recreation on a painting held by the Toledo Museum of Art because of its size at  79 in. (200.7 cm) by 84 in. (213.3 cm) it one of the smaller water lily paintings he produced. He also gave more details to the water lilies in this painting than some, giving me more detail to obsess over and incorporate into my flowers. 

Andy Warhol inspired paper flowers

Pop Art Flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers


When I was in high school I dropped biology for an independent study in the art of the '60s. My guidance counselor didn't think it was a good idea, but none the less I persisted and was allowed to take the class. As I take this journey of masterpiece recreation I had to make a stop at Warhols Flowers, they not only so perfectly represent the spirit of the '60s but also really resonates with me as a person. At first glance, his flowers seem bright and light-hearted but there is a darker grittiness just below the surface. 

 

Available as a Pop Art Paper Flower kit!

Van Gogh Irises inspired paper flowers

van Gogh Irises

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985-

2017

Paper flowers


When I was a teenager I first visited New York City. One of the clearest memories I have of that trip was seeing van Gogh's paintings in person for the first time. It literally brought tears to my eye's in a way that no other work of art had ever done. I had seen van Gogh's work reproduced in but the feeling of seeing it in person, the feeling I got. . . It's never left. When I began my exploration of recreating masterpieces in paper flowers, I used those feelings, that experience to guild me to this painting. The same painting I stood in front of all those years ago, that painting that made me weep.

 

Available as a paper flower kit on Etsy! 

16th century Dutch still life inspired paper flowers

Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985 -

2017

Paper Flowers 


Ambrosius Bosschaert was a master of Dutch still lifes, especially those with flower bouquets. That is why I selected this painting to recreate in paper flowers. I thought the combination of flowers an existing challenge. I was also fascinated by the fact that these flowers didn’t bloom at the same time in 1621, so Bosschaert must have worked from his memory, drawings from his studio and his imagination. It never existed in real flowers, but I wanted to pull it from the canvas so that it could exist in paper flowers.

 

Making the yellow bearded iris and a red-and-white striped tulip, roses, a blue-and-white columbine, fritillaria, grape hyacinth, cyclamen, lily of the valley, forget-me-not, globeflowers, and a sprig of rosemary was a true challenge. I hand painted or printed all of the paper I used, experimenting with several papers, pigments and techniques to achieve this amazing array of flowers! It took over two years on and off to finally bring Bosschaert’s stunning bouquet to life. 

Chinese pinyin ceramic inspired paper flowers

Chinese pinyin bouquet

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985 -

2017

Paper Flowers 


In the fall of 2016 I was asked to perticapapte in the 2017's spring PMA 360 event. I asked them to select any pice in their collection that featured flowers. They sent me some amazing images of this charger. I was totally inspired by the challenge of interpreting the Chinese pinyin style of the charger and turning them into a bouquet of flowers. The peonies, daisies and “greenery” on the charger are the flowers I chose to make, and finished it off by taking the pattern on the fence to make the vase. 

Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 15

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Paper Wildflower Workshop

 

As the summer bursts with wildflowers, wouldn't it be nice to enjoy them all year round? In this class, you'll learn how to make wild roses, daisies, black-eyed susans and greenery out of paper. You'll get step by step instruction and tips and tricks on how to achieve life-like flowers that will last years. 

 

TUITION: 55 + FEES: 20

 

Past Events

Saturday, June 10

9:00AM - 5:00PM

Paper Wildflower Workshop

 

As the summer bursts with wildflowers, wouldn't it be nice to enjoy them all year round? In this class, you'll learn how to make wild roses, daisies, black-eyed susans and greenery out of paper. You'll get step by step instruction and tips and tricks on how to achieve life-like flowers that will last years. 

 

TUITION: 55 + FEES: 20

 

Enroll here - cs.meca.edu/cba-023-s1-paper-wildflower-workshop/ 

Friday, March 17

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PMA360 presents: Spring Flowers

 

As the final month of winter comes to a close, let’s think about Spring flowers! We’ll ask local floral designers to talk about their favorite works of art; host an aromatic bitters tasting with Coastal Root Cocktail Bitters; and teach you how to create paper flowers inspired by a work of art with artist Sarah Yakawonis.

 

PMA360 is a monthly series as part of select Free Fridays. It introduces innovative ways to engage with the museum, through special guests, exclusive gallery experiences, and more! It's a new way to PMA.

 

 

Inspired by a Chinese pinyin (blue flowers) charger in the Portland Museum of Arts collection, I'll be showing this arrangement and will be teaching how to make these daisies. 

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