100% Handmade flowers made of steel and truck tarp

All of Linda’s flowers are 100% handmade. Her designs are unique, not one flower is the same.  Her daffodils for example are made of  5 different colors of yellow truck tarp. And some of the the petal leaves of her roses have brown edges, like a real wilted rose. Because of the handmade character of Linda’s work, her flowers look very much alive, and that makes people happy.

“I could see the cherry blossom was not real, it was made of plastic and the flower had the size of a football, and yet I wanted to smell it”, visitor Leiden University Medical Center

 

Sketches and scale models

Steel, truck tarp, and wool are Linda’s favorite materials. Before she uses these materials to make her large sized flowers she makes a design by sketching or building a tiny scale model.

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After studying the paintings by 17th century painter Willem van Aelst, Linda made a design of a flower arrangement with big leaves and a large poppy in the top. She started to construct the flowers based on her drawings only, without building a scale model. While building the large flowers, she changed the colors in softer tones.

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For constructing large flower arrangement or one of a kind flower arrangements for special clients, Linda builds scale models. Most of the models are in a scale of 1 to 10 made of tiny plastic flowers. This model is constructed for a client of interior designers A Woman’s Touch.

Steel bending and welding

Once the design is finished, Linda puts on her welding outfit and starts to make the steel frames in her flower studio.  Most of her flowers are constructed from reinforced steel bars used in the building industry. By bending the bars by hand, she creates each flower into the right shape.

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Sowing the truck tarp

Most of the leaves of Linda’s flowers are made of PVS or truck tarp. Truck tarp is used for sunscreens, cover on boats, trampolines and as canvas for trailers. It is available in many colors and in different thicknesses. Linda uses thin material to make white snowdrops, and a thicker variety to sow the leaves of a tulip.

“One day I was looking for the right material to make a large red tulip. The material should be strong, flexible, deep red and shiny like the petal leaves of a real tulip. I bought a few meters of truck tarp at a sail manufacturer, and I fell love with the material”.

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The finishing touch

Making 3 dimensional leaves out of truck tarp takes some skill and effort. Especially if you want your flowers to look like real ones, a leaf should not be a straight line, but a have some wavy curves. When Linda makes a new design, she constructs the leaves in a process of trial and error. Once she is satisfied, she often adds some detail to the flowers by using wool, paper or velvet.

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