Hello. My name is Kate and I am fortunate enough to live in Vancouver on the West coast of Canada.
I have always loved Nature's beauty and feel most blessed when surrounded by the amazing outdoors.
My life so far has been filled with creation; through sewing, crafts, art and music and I am continually inspired by my environment and the people I love.
In 2011, I received a flower press as a birthday gift, and became a little obsessed with the magic of flower pressing. Soon after, I had a daydream, and I envisioned a large canvas completely covered in flower petals where I had used the petals as my paint.
Lupin Thyme was born and I have not looked back since.
First of all, I have to collect my flowers! This is great fun and they can come from many sources; fallen petals, friendly florists, raiding the gardens of friends and neighbours, and of course we always have fresh flowers in the house.
Then, I preserve the flowers, petals and leaves using traditional pressing techniques. Basically placing them between blotting paper and cardboard layers in home made wooden presses for a few weeks so they stay flat and dry out naturally without composting. This is a wonderful time for me to spend time with the detail of my raw materials, studying the patterns, colours and scents of each part of the flower. It's a lovely reminder of the joy of creation.
Opening each press when they are ready is one of the highlights of my work and I am regularly surprised at the changes they have undergone and how many are enhanced by the process.
Using the petals and leaves as my medium, I then layer and collage to create the pieces you see here.
Not restricting myself to works on canvas, I have also turned to working on three-dimensional subjects, transforming guitars, lamps, tabletops etc.
Until recently Opie, our furry friend would be sleeping by my side through my many hours of flower work. I created the piece below using the roses we got when she passed.