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The Petal Connection (also found at www.petalconnection.com) is a team of mother and daughters artists who create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces made of all natural flowers, petals, leaves and now even butterflies. The whole family obsession with flowers began years ago with then 12 year old identical twin sisters, Alanna and Gennelle Dedek.

It all started out as a challenge to be solved after the youngsters had a great idea creating various items with pressed flowers, and it has turned into a real passion for Simona Dedek and family, who now grow the flowers, travel to shows, and run the website. It all begins with the flowers. Most of them come from the family’s own sources – home garden that’s planted specifically to their requirements, as well as gardens of families in different growing zones, who provide their contributions. The resulting pieces of their process are one-of-a-kind,…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 22
  • Joined July 27, 2011

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flowers, leaves, butterflies, resin, sterling silver, copper

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About

The Petal Connection (also found at www.petalconnection.com) is a team of mother and daughters artists who create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces made of all natural flowers, petals, leaves and now even butterflies. The whole family obsession with flowers began years ago with then 12 year old identical twin sisters, Alanna and Gennelle Dedek.

It all started out as a challenge to be solved after the youngsters had a great idea creating various items with pressed flowers, and it has turned into a real passion for Simona Dedek and family, who now grow the flowers, travel to shows, and run the website. It all begins with the flowers. Most of them come from the family’s own sources – home garden that’s planted specifically to their requirements, as well as gardens of families in different growing zones, who provide their contributions. The resulting pieces of their process are one-of-a-kind, nature’s treasures permanently preserved as wearable jewelry items – pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. The creative family frequently hears from people that they have never seen anything like it before.

The flowers are dried by pressing, protected with a UV protectant to minimize fading, and then the magic happens. A proprietary technique, developed over years of trial and error, of multiple resin coatings is employed. The family guards the formula and the exact procedure as a trade secret. The result? A flower that looks like it’s just been picked. Often, passerby will comment on the wearer’s jewelry, musing that it “looks like real flowers” and are delighted to learn that they really are.

Always eager to explore new ideas, the Dedeks have now applied a similar process to real butterfly wings, with stunning results. No longer do beautiful butterfly specimens have to stay under glass, hanging on a wall. Now, they can be worn as a piece of art jewelry. No butterflies are harmed in the process – rather, farm raised butterflies that have completed their full life cycle are used, acquired through licensed US brokers who obtain them from farms in South America and overseas.

The latest creation for Spring 2011 is a simple wrap bracelet with a single flower or leaf (or a small butterfly), that is threaded onto a length of silky fabric to tie around the wrist, ankle or around the neck as a choker. Since the beginning of their petal adventures, The Dedeks have supported the micro-lending site, www.kiva.org, where a small contribution helps to fund a loan to an entrepreneur who otherwise wouldn’t be able to obtain financing. The girls in particular enjoy searching out women in business with compelling stories.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the fabric ties incorporated in the new bracelet design come with their own story – the Dedeks have sourced recycled sari fabric from a women’s co-op all the way in Nepal, continuing their ongoing support of enterprising women in need in faraway places.

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