Discover ‘The Art of the Paper Flower’ with Pom Pom Factory’s Karen Hsu
Meet the maker behind our London Craft Week installation and find out why it's London's most inspiring event of the month.
This London Craft Week we welcome Pom Pom Factory and Italian paper maker Cartotecnica Rossi to the Market, with a bespoke installation made in collaboration with London Flower School showcasing previously unseen paper flower artistry. A graduate of Central St Martins School of Art & Design, Karen Hsu first had the idea of Pom Pom Factory while creating paper flowers for Mercantile London. We spoke to Karen about what we can expect from this inspiring event, ahead of its preview evening on Wednesday 8th May.
For anyone that hasn’t visited London Craft Week before, what is the event all about?
London Craft Week celebrates outstanding British and international creativity, this year the festival brings together over 240 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. One of the things I love most about this event is seeing the wide range of materials used and the unique collaborations that take place between crafters and iconic and interesting London venues.
Visitors will find your ‘The Art of the Paper Flower’ installation in the Market from May 9th to 12th, what can they expect?
I’m excited to be working with London Flower School to create an Underwater Floral Garden, inspired by pastel hues and coral reefs. This brand new paper flower installation, will feature new paper flower techniques, exclusive new crepe paper colours from celebrated Italian paper maker Cartotecnica Rossi and stunning real flowers. As the whole display is inspired by under the sea, it’s something a little bit different from normal garden flowers, with bright colours and weird shapes inspired by the coral.
You will be hosting supporting workshops throughout the event, what techniques will those taking part be able to experiment with?
In the one-hour taster workshops we will be showing all the basics of how to cut and shape a petal, with crepe paper from Cartotecnica Rossi and techniques of how to arrange the petals into flowers. Workshoppers will take home their creations and will also be able to purchase more paper if they are inspired to continue practicing in their own time.
Where else can we see your work and experience your workshops in 2019?
I have more workshops coming up over the next few months, starting with a Peony Workshop on 15th May at the Culpepper, we do private workshops and bookings. You will find details of upcoming events on our website.
‘The Art of the Paper Flower’ is open to the public from 10am – 6pm, Thursday 9 – Sunday 12 May. Advance tickets can be booked for the preview evening on Wednesday 9 May and for Pom Pom Factory workshops Friday 10, Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May.