When did you first find out about paper flowers?
My Mom used to make all sort of things with paper when I was a kid, including paper flowers.
But about five years ago, I was looking for something unique to make for a Brazilian bride and I found some of
Martha Stewart's paper flowers tutorials. I was a game changer for me.
What has it been like to take a break from selling paper flowers and just have the ability to create without pressure?
Well, like almost every situation in life, there's the good and the bad side. The good side is that I can work on flowers that were on my list for such a long time, I get to make Brazilian flowers that I love so much, and that's really great! The bad side is that sometimes I feel lost about what to do, there are no more deadlines. And this is a bad thing for someone that likes to postpone tasks, like very bad!
What is you absolute flower (or flowers) to make and why?
Roses, oh roses! They're beautiful and in my opinion the most enjoyable flower to make and was the first one that I mastered.
When you were making flowers to sell in Brazil, did you ship worldwide or was it more local?
Mostly local. I had a bride that got married in Ireland, but she transported the flowers with her by plane. My brides were Brazilian brides that wanted beautiful and unique flowers that last more than a few days.
What is the best part about living in Brazil, and do you think it has shaped you as an artist?
Best part?! Always sunny, lots of fresh fruit, warm people, my family, my friends. And YES! There's no doubt that Brazilian couture is all over my paper flowers and the way I capture images of them.
What are your absolute favorite tools at the moment?
It's a Brazilian pair of scissors that I do love so much, super light and very sharp.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice while first starting your paper flower journey, what would it be?
"Think simple, not perfect!" I'm the kind of person that wants everything to look as perfect as possible. But things are not always perfect, and that's ok. Perfection it's just another point of view, so I learned not to freak out about this. And now I understand the advice a teacher in Fashion School once gave me: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." Leonardo da Vinci Where do you find the most inspiration where you are living right now? I live two blocks from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and I try to go there at least once a month. It's an amazing place to get inspired.
If you could describe your workplace in only three words, what would they be?
My perfect mess!
What do you do while you make flowers?
I watch Netflix. I don't watch I listen, LoL! I do love documentaries and historical series!
If you could give someone just starting to make paper flowers any piece of advice, what would it be?
Fight your anxiety. It's a handmade slow activity, don't rush yourself. Enjoy the ride!
What are you most grateful right now in your life?
I'm grateful for my husband, my cats, the amazing life we have here in California. And I'm very grateful to have such amazing paper flower artist friends, that are very supportive!
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