I was so taken by her designs that I decided to contact Helen direct and today’s blog features an interview with her.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
Frances & Francis began in the summer of 2011 with the passion to sell hand-crafted paper pieces.
We’re based in St Albans just north of London, which is a great convenience for fast connections into the city as well as being far enough out to enjoy green fields and a touch of the countryside.
Where did you learn how to make your paper flowers?
I discovered modeling in paper whilst I was studying for my Masters in Animation at Ravensbourne University.
From then on I experimented with different paper weights, colours, sizes and printing.
It’s such a versatile material that it became my material of choice through practice and literal flexibility.
How do people use your paper flower designs?
Our paper flower designs are very versatile in the way that natural flowers are.
They’re ideal for weddings as they are everlasting and do not wilt. They’ve been used for anything from table decorations to ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’ bouquets.
As well as our online floral arrangements, we also sell bespoke art pieces which we work alongside interior decorators to design.
Where do you get floral inspiration for your work?
The English seasons are a great influence and this is where most of the colour palettes come from.
Fashion also has a surprisingly large role to play in ideas and textures. The way that different materials hang and fold are great for research influences.
Could you tell us about your recent commissions?
We’re currently working on a bespoke art piece for a contemporary country house. The piece consists of two box frames that sit one above the other in the presidential suite.
This particular room has an oriental feel to it which is why we’ve designed a paper Japanese pond. The fighting fish are seen to be swimming in and around the water lilies and the wall acts as the vertical water.
We’ve gone for a very subtle colour palette of creams and neutrals so that the sculpture does the talking rather than the colour.
What are your plans for 2012?
We’re looking forward to working on some large scale bespoke pieces for other interiors as well as working within retail environments on window displays and visual merchandising.
The wedding season is also creeping up on us as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, so a lot of decorative bouquets and garlands will be in the pipeline too.
Do you have a favourite flower?
My favourite flower is forever changing but peonies are my favourite to create because of their vibrancy and gorgeous petal textures.
And to see more of her paper creations, you may like to pop over to her Etsy shop.
(Images : Frances & Francis)