The Paper Seahorse
The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations by Livia Cetti
Cetti, a floral stylist based in N.Y.C., highlights the hidden elements that make paper flowers and various arrangements of them a surprisingly realistic art form. All of the 25 creations included in the book celebrate the geometry of nature: Once you start to think of flowers as basic shapes, the author explains, one part becomes a block upon which the next part is built until the final creation ultimately comes together in a unified whole. In her arrangements, larger flowers provide the foundational element while the “holes” are filled in with medium-sized and smaller flowers (such as hellebores and coneflowers) for medium-size filler and poppies for the smaller spaces. This easily navigable book equips crafters with the skills for creating individual flowers and larger arrangements while providing a delightful overview on the basics of botany.