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Many, Louisiana, USA

                                            Creativity by Rita Ford

I am Rita Ford. I was born in USSR (now Russian Federation) in 1962. I’m a garden designer and a botanic materials artist. In other word, I am a pressed plant artist. I’m currently a resident of Louisiana, USA. I had personal art shows in Louisiana in Shreveport, in Lake Charles and gest show in Natchitoches. I am a member of the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild.

        I create and sell on my website "Creativity by Rita Ford":

-original Pressed Plant Art;

-resin jewelry;

-shadow box with real butterfly and dragonfly.


                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                       

                                                      My pressed plant arts have received prizes: 
in 2012 in a national juried competition at the Third Annual Gallery One Ellleven competition exhibition, Leesville, LA, USA; 
in 2013 in a national juried competition at the 4th Annual Gallery One Ellleven competition exhibition, Leesville, LA, USA; 
in 2014 in an international pressed flower art competition in Philadelphia Flower Show, USA and in an international pressed flower art competition in Gurye, South Korea; 
in 2015 in an international pressed flower art competition in Philadelphia Flower Show, USA; 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in 2016 in an international pressed flower art competition in Philadelphia Flower Show, USA; 
in 2016 in a national juried competition at the 7th Annual Gallery One Ellleven competition exhibition, Leesville, LA, USA; 
in 2017 in an international pressed flower art competition in Philadelphia Flower Show, USA;

in 2018 in an international pressed flower art competition in Philadelphia Flower Show, USA, in an international pressed flower art competition in Gurye, South Korea and in international Competition of Pressed Flower Pictures “Exhibition of Creation” in Tokyo, Japan;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in 2019 in a national juried competition at the 10th Annual Gallery One Ellleven competition exhibition, Leesville, LA, USA.

                                                                    Photos of my arts were published in

printed catalogs of Pressed Plant Art in South Korea, 



                                                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in Russia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and in Japan.

 

                                                                   The conception of my creation 
In my opinion, people never can draw better than Mother Nature. I think every leaf, every flower is already art & I as a floral artist need only to behold & manage to show this beauty to people. I like phrasing about weeds that in fact, any weed celebrates both the sky & the land. I use in my collages parts of plants, which help me incarnate an idea of my picture. These are all kind of botanical materials such as flowers, leaves, bark, root, pollen, branches and seeds. As a background for my art, I use an artboard, fabric, silk a watercolor paper with watercolor, a pastel paper. When art is ready, I seal it to the frame between glass and aluminum folium with sticky aluminum tapes on the sides. It keeps botanical materials from air and moisture and an art lasts forever. 

The ancient technique of pressing dried botanical materials, known as oshibana, began hundreds of years ago by the Japanese. As a botanic materials artist, I select my medium from Mother Nature. 
Sometimes, if I need it, I color enhance dried plant material with Pan Pastel, Copic marker, food coloring, Design Master spray, using fine texture and shape of plants. The main aim of my arts is to save & extend the charm of floral beauty. I’ve hope that people of our century of high technology are still able to appreciate such simple things as the beauty of plants. The best way to preserve Pressed Plant Art is vacuum sealing method, which allows not to use color enhancing, but to use natural color of plants. I have the collection of vacuum-sealed Pressed Plant Arts. 

                                                         

 

                                  

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