I gain inspiration from the natural world and, in beautiful British Columbia, it’s unsurprising that others do as well. With its temperate oceanic climate, the west coast boasts a lush verdant landscape rich in colour and contrast, ever-changing yet omnipresent throughout the seasons. Which makes it no surprise that here, in Lotus Land, the proprietors of Pressed Wishes use nature's bounty crafting pressed botanical works of art cultivated from their Mabel Lake Garden.
The beautiful variety of Mountain Wildflowers.
In riots of colour, everything from flowers, to ancient grasses, to ferns and leaves are featured; you might even be lucky enough to come across a four-leaf clover, or - in true BC fashion - some tasteful cannabis. With the arrangement of flora attached to hand-made paper, no two pieces are the same.
Four Seasons of maple leaves remind me of the variety and expanse of Canada.
In-keeping with Victorian-era florigraphy, when flower arrangements constituted a language of their own (often to express romantic messages), each art piece from Pressed Wishes includes a card on the back which details the intended meaning. I love this, for when purchasing these visual jewels as gifts, you can select the piece which best expresses your sentiments to the recipient!
If you're curious to learn more about the language of this art form, The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is highly recommended.
The bright eye of the Gerbera Daisy embodies simplicity.
Flowers can have close, personal meanings as well. Pansies have always been a favourite flower of mine.
The Pansy Panoramic is almost akin to a family photo.
The Skinny is one of my favourite compositions by Pressed Wishes; a narrow, vertically framed botanical piece. It features pansy faces or maple leaves, tumbling from the top of the frame and piling at the bottom, like the onset of Autumn.
The Skinny is as playful as it is practical. In response to the growing popularity of open-concept houses, Pressed Wishes realised wall-art had to shrink as well! Just as in the wild, flowers must adapt to their environments to survive.
The Floating Daisy is similar to the composition of The Skinny, which sits vertically and is thinner.
Nothing compares to viewing the intricate beauty of these in-person. I was able to visit Pressed Wishes at the Kelowna Farmer’s and Crafters Market, where I procured a specially defined gift of my own (care to decode? The arrangement contains a mixture of daisies, pansies, and Queen Anne’s lace).
Come explore Pressed Wishes in Kelowna, or at other crafter’s markets throughout BC's southern interior, and across Canada.
For more information, or to view more delicate designs, visit Pressed Wishes.
All photos courtesy of Pressed Wishes.
Researched and Written by Emily E.A. Stringer, Undergraduate of Sociology, and Geography: Environment & Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia.