Slow Art

Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, Herbarium

Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum
© Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg

Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg, Herbarium, 2011
Dried and pressed petals, glue, panel
Private collection

The ephemeral beauty of nature has inspired artists over the centuries. Many have tried to capture it in paintings, photos or other media, but few have attempted to preserve it as literally as the textile designer Gunilla Lagerhem Ullberg. For years, she has not only picked but shredded flowers. The petals have been dried and then combined into patterns, in a new, two-dimensional version of nature. No two petals are exactly alike, not even two petals from the same blossom. The process is experimental. Which petals will keep their colour, and which ones fade when they dry? When is the best time to pick each particular kind? The lessons learned must be remembered until next year's harvest. Lagerhem Ullberg says she is obsessed, with creating exquisite patterns, but also with exploring nature's possibilities and limitations in this convoluted and slow process.

Photoshop rgb / jpeg
300 dpi

The image is free to use accompanied by photo credit and when illustrating editorial publicity directly related to the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden.

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