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Flowers for Eurovision

2023  -  and Eurovision is happening, now, in Liverpool!

To mark the occasion, I challenged myself to create the National Flowers of all the participating countries - using crepe paper AND, wherever possible, using naturally dyed papers. I am excited to say that these flowers are now on display at World Museum Liverpool  - throughout the month of May 2023, which, to my delight, coincides with Eurovision!

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Each paper flower has been meticulously hand crafted, with every petal and detail carefully cut and shaped by hand. A great variety of flowers have been created, from delicate roses (for the UK and the Czech Republic) to bold sunflowers (for Ukraine). I conceived this project as  celebration of the diversity represented at Eurovision represented by the incredible bio-diversity of the national flowers, some official, some informal. I also wanted to highlight natural colours. All my dyes and stains are made from readily available plants and vegetables. My favourite dye plant has to be onion - the range of colours achievable using onion skin is incredible (see the sunflowers). For more information about my dye-philosophy please visit Natural Colour.

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  Please note this is a personal project and is not receiving any funding.  

Heath and Alpine

Classifying such a diverse collection of plants is not easy! Here are a selection of plants which can loosely be described as heathland and alpine plants, representing Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland) (and Serbia) as well as Austria and Switzerland. Although I'm not sure Marguerite fits the loose classification? Ah, Eurovision....

Heath and Alpine

Classifying such a diverse collection of plants is not easy! Here are a selection of plants which can loosely be described as heathland and alpine plants, representing Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland) (and Serbia) as well as Austria and Switzerland. Although I'm not sure Marguerite fits the loose classification? Ah, Eurovision....

Madder Rose

Trying another method of classification, here are the plants and flowers coloured with Madder, one of the 'trio of ancient' dye plants, which I have used in its dried form to get a wide range of reds and pinks.