These brilliant blooms are slightly larger than the typical flowers one finds in their backyard. Tiffanie Turner is a San Francisco-based artist who combines a lifelong passion for all things floral with a background in architectural construction to produce these startlingly realistic paper flowers. Each one can take up to 200 hours to complete, as Turner painstakingly pieces together thousands of paper segments to craft these picture-perfect petals.
Folding and creasing the delicate crepe-like material, Turner forms a collection of massive flowers, each which can reach up to 5 feet in width. Currently she is working with the de Young Musuem on a month-long residency program where she continues to add to her portfolio of three-dimensional blooms, and interact with her audience by teaching workshops and accepting their additions to her paper garden.Through her newest series, she expands upon the effects of environment breakdown on botanical elements within nature—specifically the cycle of bloom and decay—and attempts to test the public’s tolerance for how best to portray these changes in art form.
Many of the blossoms that Turner is currently working on will be displayed at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts for an exhibition running from August 9th to September 18th, 2016. If you’re interested in seeing more incredible paperwork in the meantime, Turner also frequently updates her Instagram and blog.