workshop details



DAY 1 : Friday, October 19

Our day will begin with introductions and an outline of the projects we will be creating together over the three days. Tiffanie will also give a brief overview of the crepe papers and other materials we will be working with, and will share sourcing information for all of the materials used. 

The first flower Tiffanie will teach is the Garden Cosmos. This flower will help us jump right into the creation of a complex center stamen cluster technique that can be used for many other flowers in the Asteraceae family. Tiffanie will demonstrate paper staining techniques specific to creating colorful paper cosmos, and we will employ a special treatment for our petals to make the flowers ethereal.

Tiffanie will talk about her love of dead paper flowers and the way she uses her representational botanical work to address conceptual concerns in her art practice. We will spend the afternoon working on gorgeous Faded Coral Charm Peonies, using the stamen technique from the morning session and a distinctly different technique for forming, shaping and styling the petals.

DAY 2 : saturday, October 20

We will dive right in and spend the morning making stunning English Garden Roses. You will learn to work with beautiful ombré crepe paper to create the deep pink centers and the outer white petals, a gorgeous effect. Tiffanie will also introduce you to German doublette paper, which is softer and more delicate, and will give you the choice of making an ombré or monotone rose. These roses are an interesting departure from the previous day's work, and will be wonderful, voluminous additions to the final bouquet we will put together on Sunday.

Tiffanie will spend an hour talking about the many different paper coloring and staining treatments she has developed and works with frequently. Using a few of these techniques, we will prepare paper to use in the Sunday workshops and do some hands on experiments.

Plant Foliage can be the centerpiece or just the beautiful finishing touch for a paper flower. This session will be devoted to learning and practicing basic leaf concepts and creating leaves we will need for the flowers we are making, with some tips on making your leaves change with the season.

We'll share an optional group dinner at local favorite restaurant River & Woods

DAY 3 : sunday, october 21

A perfect, simple bloom to start our last day with, we will create paper versions of the invasive yet charming Morning Glory* and its corkscrewed vines. There will be a demonstration of paper treatments that can be used to make this one trumpeted blossom into several different morning glory cultivars.

*flower choice subject to change

Using petal strips prepared in advance by Tiffanie, and paper stained in the previous day's workshop, we will finish with the Seussical Pom Pom Poppy. Because poppy leaves are both complex and occur low on the stem, Tiffanie will demonstrate how to make a poppy leaf with the knowledge gained in our earlier paper leaf session, but we will not be adding these to our flowers. We will insert the poppies as final gestures into our large floral arrangement before photographing it.  

P.S. Tiffanie is working on a few brand new special paper flower designs that she's never taught before so if she's loving them, she might teach you those too!

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Tiffanie Turner was born in 1970 in Colonie, NY and raised in the woods of New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and worked as an architect for over 15 years before beginning her career as a botanical sculptor. She received a Zellerbach Family Grant award in 2016 to support her work as the May 2016 artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum located in San Francisco, where she has resided for over 20 years.

Turner has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA, and at Rare Device in San Francisco, where she hung her first solo show titled "HEADS" in 2014. Recent group exhibitions include "Beyond the Bouquet" at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in southern California, “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, “Preternatural” at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, “Detritus” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and “Botanica” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. She has been featured in Vogue, American Craft, O Magazine, Sunset, Flower Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and been noted online by Colossal, Squarespace presents HI-FRUCTOSE, Architectural Digest, My Modern Met, Design*Sponge, Elie Saab, and The Jealous Curator, among others.

Turner is an instructor in the art of paper flower making across the United States and beyond, and is the author of The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, released in August 2017. She is looking forward to her next solo exhibition of large scale work with Eleanor Harwood Gallery at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco in early 2019.

I am a botanical sculptor who depicts the appearance of different plants, mostly flowers, to some degree of accuracy, in paper, using both realism and preternaturally large, sometimes metastasized forms. My works in paper study scale, texture (petals sometimes reading like feathers, or fur) and color. I work with the rhythms and patterns found in nature, as well as the missteps and irregularities caused by decay, rot, wilt, dormancy, death, and genetic and viral mutations like phyllody, petalody and fasciation. I like to bring the smallest things we take for granted or that might go unnoticed, like the shape of the smallest floret of a flower, right to the viewer’s face, when one may realize they never knew it at all. I like to use the accessible association of botany to tell stories of the state of our environment, of the limits of our society's tolerance of fading beauty, of human vanity and of human compassion.