Ellen Hoffman's Profile

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Pressed flowers have been a part of my life for nearly forty years, since a neighbor asked me to work in her business designing pressed flower lampshades
I had no art training, and had always maintained that I could not draw a recognizable stick. But once I had mastered the technique, it seemed that I had an "eye" and the flowers were willing to help me out (usually). After twenty years, the business left the neighborhood. I soon found that I missed the flowers and began my own line of framed designs, which I have sold in some fine shops over the years.
My process allows me to completely cover my design with an invisible film, and I color-treat my materials. They will not fade or deteriorate.
My studio is my kitchen table, where I work sometimes with a Tortie cat named Noodle who is certain that SHE could create if she could only get her paws in the glue!
I am asked what…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 21
  • Joined March 3, 2009

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Queen Annes Lace flowers and buds, ferns

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About

Pressed flowers have been a part of my life for nearly forty years, since a neighbor asked me to work in her business designing pressed flower lampshades
I had no art training, and had always maintained that I could not draw a recognizable stick. But once I had mastered the technique, it seemed that I had an "eye" and the flowers were willing to help me out (usually). After twenty years, the business left the neighborhood. I soon found that I missed the flowers and began my own line of framed designs, which I have sold in some fine shops over the years.
My process allows me to completely cover my design with an invisible film, and I color-treat my materials. They will not fade or deteriorate.
My studio is my kitchen table, where I work sometimes with a Tortie cat named Noodle who is certain that SHE could create if she could only get her paws in the glue!
I am asked what kind of flower press I use, and I always chuckle. Small flowers or small numbers of flowers go in the trusty telephone books with a lead weight on top. But my "press" for larger quantities,such as a wildflower in season, is unique. My husband was given an old handmade hammer made of a very
heavy chunk of iron or lead on a one inch pipe handle. It's original use remains a mystery, as it is much too heavy to swing. It's only use to him has been to break the bead on a stubborn tractor tire! With a flat board as the base, I layer newspaper sheets containing flowers and pieces of corrugated to absorb the moisture. I top my sandwich with another board, gather up my strength, and apply the hammer to the stack. Whatever works, we say!

My home is in Hamden, Connecticut, where my husband and I raise and sell Christmas trees. It is one of my joys in life to wander among the trees in late summer selecting the most lovely Queen Annes lace blossoms, while the birds and bugs and beetles go about their business, too, all around me.

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