Today I am thrilled to spotlight on Jackdaw Decor who create unique bespoke pine cone or paper bridal flowers.
Each bouquet is constructed in a traditional victorian method making the flowers durable, light-weight & incredibly pretty.
The paper bouquets are textural, tactile, 3D items of loveliness, and are a perfect gift to yourself for your Wedding day that will last long after the day.
I hand over to Ali of Jackdaw to tell you about her Business….
Who are you, and what do you do?
“I’m Ali, owner/designer/maker of Jackdaw Decor.”
“I offer a bespoke service providing alternative bridal flowers & gifts.”
“My shop is called Jackdaw Decor to reflect my eclectic range of designs & materials.”
“There does tend to be a common theme of nature -pheasants on cushions, paper roses or pine cone bouquets.”
“I take my inspiration from Mother Nature & add just a tiny little bit of sparkle, like the frost on a spider’s web in the morning.”
“I design & make my flowers from either paper or pine cones: My paper flowers are conjured from a wide array of papers & then transformed into beautiful bouquets.”
“The flowers can be created from almost any paper; I have a simply stunning monochrome bouquet created from wallpaper, crosswords & gift wrap.”
“I have been perfecting the art of creating flowers from pine cone. Odd, I know, but the end results are gorgeous.”
“They are half-way between a traditional bouquet and a brooch bouquet: The flowers having a very natural feel, but the centres sparkle with my own eclectic mix of finishes.”
“The joy of these bouquets is they are incredibly light, and can be made to co-ordinate with any colour themes (either by choice of paper, or by theright paint finish on the cone flowers).”
“They are also a lovely alternative for hay fever sufferers, and a lovely keepsake of a special day.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“I started Jackdaw Decor in October 2012.”
I had toyed with the idea for some years, but circumstance conspired to make me brave & step intothe world without training wheels!
“I have always loved making things; textural, tactile, 3D items of loveliness, whether for me, as a gift or for the sheer joy of creating something new from old.”
“Re-using or re-purposing items rather than throwing them away.”
“Trying to use every last scrap. I hoard -in the true nature of a jackdaw- shiny, bright, pretty things, paper, ribbon and beads that I will keep until I discover what it was destined to become.”
“What I wanted to do was share that love of making, providing brides in the UK with truly unique bouquets.”
“My paper bridal flowers are created from a hoard of paper loveliness that I have lovingly collected over the years; this means I cannot always source any more -once it’s gone it’s gone.”
“This gives my work a transient uniqueness which I love; I have no desire to create the same item 50 times.”
“I love the process of tweaking an idea to suit a client, or to completely ignore the rule book & start from scratch – it’s my fickle jackdaw nature coming to the fore!”
What inspires you?
“In short, life inspires me. Inspiration is an elusive quality & the more you examine it the less it becomes.”
“I’m like a mad sponge taking in lots of different things: a quote from a book; the colour of flowers in the garden; a chance remark in a conversation.”
“I have such eclectic taste and I love learning new skills and techniques; thatthen inspire whole new trains of thought, “I wonder what it would look like made out of paper”
“I find the creative process is so inspiring, I love it when I receive a commission full of “I like the idea of…”
“I want to take that & run with it, make the design a unique collaboration of my skill set & the clients imagination, creating a finished design that exceeds my client’s ideas & expectations.”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Every bouquet safely delivered to a thrilled bride, every groom over the moon with their buttonholes.”
“I’ve sent flowers to Dutch and Italian brides, something I could never have done with fresh flowers!”
“It is extremely satisfying to have connected with an individual & to have helped make their wedding day special.”
“I trained as a florist over 20 years ago & that pleasure is a great today as it was then.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“I’m still such a new business that the world is my oyster but my next goals are to –
“Widen the range of wedding products to include cake toppers, confetti etc.”
“Build on the wonderful interest I’ve had from Europe.”
“Continue to delight my Brides & Grooms to be.”
Thank you so much to Ali for sharing her lovely paper bridal bouquets, a wonderful heirloom for the future.
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