Introducing Jennifer Tran of Papetal — another one of our very favorite paper flower makers out there! In her interview, Jennifer shared wonderful words of inspiration with us. From her learning-process, to techniques and methodology, she is a true master of her craft. Stay tuned for more paper flower artistry headed your way in the coming weeks…
LG: Where did you learn to make paper flowers?
JT: I learned from Martha Stewart Living and Paper to Petal — a book by Thuss+Farrell.
JT: I’m very picky when it comes to colour. Before I start a project, I usually spend a lot of time evaluating my colour choices. More often than enough, I end up with something I’m unhappy with half way through a project. So I have to start the whole process again.
LG: Where does your design inspiration come from? How do you develop a flower design?
JT: I’m inspired by nature. Structurally, my work is a replication of nature. In terms of colours, I take inspiration from fashion a lot and am greatly influenced by Richard Aloisio (Former NYTimes Art Director). His colourful Instagram feed is so inspirational and always a mood-lifter.
LG: What kind of paper do you love to use?
JT: I use a mix of 180g and 60g paper, depending on the project. I do mostly commercial work, so I choose paper based on what is most suitable for the briefs.
LG: What advice would you give to someone wanting to make paper flowers?
JT: Embrace imperfection, show off the flaws… This is what makes your flowers different from everyone else’s.
LG: What are your go-to tools when it comes to paper flower making?
JT: My beautiful kikki.K brass scissors. They’re well designed and practical.
LG: Do you have a paper flower making top tip you could share?
JT: Choose the finest paper, it makes a huge difference.
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