Holly first fell in love with the art of French Beaded Flowers five years ago. From then on her hobby has turned into her passion. Through stringing thousands of 2mm glass seed beads onto fine craft wire, with a combination of twists and wraps, Holly designs and creates exquisite forever flowers to treasure.
French Beading is a 19th century art form that has gone through waves of popularity. Believed to have originated in both Italy and France the craft was predominantly favoured by women in order to earn a little money of their own and to decorate their homes. There was even a time when French beading patterns were accessible in popular literature and magazines. In the Victorian era French Beading became associated with the passing of a loved one as many memorials were created using the technique. French beading is beginning to become popular once again. With beads of just about every colour available it is possible to create stunning flowers, even when they are out of season.
Holly researches each natural bloom she replicates before designing the flower she has selected. With flowers having such a powerful impact on us, creating memories, improving our mental health and sending messages it is really important to Holly that her designs are as accurate as possible and that they capture the splendour of the blooms she replicates.
Holly comes from a background in theatre costume and having had two beautiful, exhausting children she has decided a creative outlet that fits around her boys is a necessity. Her love of French Beaded flowers is hopefully going to bloom into a blossoming business in the beautiful setting of the Hyland’s Artists community here at the Stables. Holly’s hand crafted bespoke blooms are designed and created with love and care.
Holly is so grateful to have been welcomed into the artist’s collective with open arms and is looking forward to beginning to run workshops from October onwards, starting with the beautifully emotive poppy. In the work up to Remembrance Sunday perhaps you may like to embark on a creative challenge and handcraft your own alternative flower?
Pop in and say hello to Holly from September. Whether you’re after flowers with a difference or a replication of a special bouquet that will not wilt Beaded Blooms will not disappoint.