Episode 49 - Artist Spotlight: Building a Flower with Lucia Balcazar

artist spotlight season 2 May 28, 2020

Today we talk to Lucia Balcazar, the author of Build a Flower: A Beginner's Guide to Paper Flowers. Lucia has an easily recognizable signature style of deep colours and strong graphic lines in her paper flower art. Formerly a statistician, she changed her career path to follow her love for the fine arts, and her art reflects a maturity and confidence that is a hallmark of later-in-life artists. Her first book, Build a Flower, provides a refreshing take on paper flowers by exploring different types of paper materials and techniques. It's a perfect book for beginners who are keen on trying different mediums and ideal for crafters/artists who want to take on something fun.
Listen to us chat with Lucia about her new book, how she manages her tendonitis, and how she balances her mom-life with her art.

First, let's get to know Lucia a little:
1. Who is Lucia Balcazar?

I'm a statistician turned paper flower artist. I was born in St....

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Episode 40 - Artist Spotlight: Pursuing your Floral Interests with Nita Komarakul

artist spotlight season 2 Mar 26, 2020

We admire sugar flower artists from afar but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves and want to know more about this craft that is in ways so similar to our own. One of the artists we admire is Nita Komarakul. Nita is the artist behind the beautiful sugar floristry we see on her Instagram account, Pushface. Her flowers are delicate and feminine, with a realism that strikes us with awe every time.
Today we talk to Nita to learn more about her and her art.

First, let’s get to know a little bit about Nita:
1. Who is Nita Komarakul?  
Mother, flower lover, and restauranteur.
2. How did you get started making edible flowers? What drew you to this art form?
In my childhood, my mom always supported me both in arts and musical . Every birthday she always baked a cake for us. All these are influenced me to go into the baking world which first I started from sugar cookies and then came across with sugar flower, driven by a...
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Episode 36: Artist Spotlight: Earning Passively with a Purpose

artist spotlight season 2 Mar 25, 2020

Farren Celeste is a paper flower company that offers templates for paper goods. Farren Haygood is the artist and face behind Farren Celeste. She is currently based in The Netherlands, but she is originally from the US. After moving to a country where she had no family and did not know the language, she had to reinvent herself and establish a new form of income. She found solace in making her own paper flower cardstock templates, and began selling them on her Etsy site in August 2019. Since then, her business has grown significantly.

In this podcast, she shares with us her secrets to success, from how to use social media to your advantage to how to earn passive and evergreen income to the pros/cons of using Etsy to sell.

During the podcast, you might hear a new voice…a baby’s! That’s Cillian, our baby intern, and Jessie’s new baby. You might hear him on some of these episodes as he tries out his voice at podcasting!


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Episode 34: Artist Spotlight: Between Dreams & Reality with Yang Liu

artist spotlight season 2 Mar 25, 2020

We first took notice of the minimally styled paper flowers of Yang Liu in her blue phase. This blue phase turned out to be her artistic collaboration with Anna Chedid at the VSCO studio. Influenced by her Chinese heritage, her dual Canadian-American nationalities, and her current hometown of San Francisco, Yang’s work strives to sit somewhere between dreams and reality. Her paper flowers are showcased in a consistently clean and modern way. She does not shy away from creating various types of botanical objects, from dahlias to pear branches to dumpling boxes.

Listen to Yang as she shares her love for paper flowers.


1. Who is Yang Liu? 

I was born in Shanghai (hence my Instagram name, @shanghai.1984). I am currently a dual Canadian-American citizen residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides flowers and paper art, I also love having tea with friends!


2. How did you get started making paper flowers? What drew you to this art form?

I first came...

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Episode 33: Artist Spotlight: Overcoming Workshop Fears

artist spotlight season 2 Mar 25, 2020

We welcome our first artist of this brand new year - Emily Paluska of Revery Paper Flora - on Paper Talk to learn about her paper flowers and business.

Known for her colourful and realistic paper flowers, Emily strives to make each and every piece special and unique. In addition to making paper flowers on commission, for wholesale, and events, she’s a prolific workshop instructor. In 2019 alone, she taught a total of 35 workshops in the Washington, D.C. area and Austin, Texas! Can you believe that before her very first workshop, she was so terrified that she considered not showing up?

Listen to Emily as she shares her workshop experiences through the lens of a successful entrepreneur. You won’t want to miss her tips and tricks invaluable for anyone considering teaching workshops.


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First, let’s get to know a little bit about Emily:

1. Who is Emily Paluska?


I'm the owner and botanical artist behind Revery Paper Flora. I live in the...

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Episode 28: Artist Spotlight: Clever Designs

artist spotlight season 1 Mar 25, 2020

This week we talk to Laura Richey the artist and face behind 2CLVR Designs. From her home studio in London, Ontario, Canada, Laura specializes in using card stock paper to create beautifully realistic and detailed paper flowers for weddings, home decor, and gifts. One look at her work and you’ll be blown away by her attention to detail and colouring techniques.

In this episode, we talk to her about how her paper flower journey began, her challenges juggling her family and a successful business, and her experiences with card stock, flower wall rentals, and related topics.


First, let’s get to know a little bit about Laura:

1. Who is Laura Richey? 

Hi, I am Laura Richey. A wife, and a mother of two boys Max and Sebastian. Max is 10 soon to be 11 and Sebastian is 9 and has autism. 


2. How did you get started making paper flowers? Why did you decide to focus on card stock as your main medium? 

Why did I start making flowers...well the reason is...

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Episode 19: Artist Spotlight: Paper Flower Powerhouse with Eileen Lim

artist spotlight season 1 Mar 25, 2020

Eileen Lim of Miss Petal and Bloom has been on the paper flower scene for more than 5 years and she has truly made a stamp in our paper flower community. Her Instagram feed is filled to the brim with bright and colourful blooms and high-end collaborations with designers (like Ferragamo, Coach, and Olivia Burton) and stores (like Mamonde and Keds). It’s no surprise that her recognizable style is also a true reflection of her bubbly and friendly persona. She works out of her home studio in Singapore and regularly teaches workshops. Now, she’s on Teachable as well, offering paper flower online courses. We always look forward to viewing her Monday Bloom Crush on her Instagram Stories where she shares posts of other artists that inspire her! We love paper florists who support each other!

Listen to her talk to us about the paper flower community in Singapore, how she found her brand and style, and her upcoming collaboration with The Body Shop.

First, let’s get...

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Episode 15: Artist Spotlight: Introducing Crepe Paper Flowers to Asia with Jasmine Sing

artist spotlight season 1 Mar 25, 2020

We first met Jasmine Sing at our Masterclass back in April of this year and we were just captivated by her warmth and friendliness. Not only is she hilariously funny and frank, but she is also fiercely ambitious. Since moving from Singapore to South Korea, her adopted country, she is forging her own paper flower path and introducing crepe paper flowers to crafters in Asia through her workshops and online courses.

1. Tell us a bit about your paper flower business

I am a craft enthusiast and I love making things with my hands. I started making paper flowers as a hobby and recently started conducting workshops in Korea and Singapore.


I am currently based in South Korea and I am very excited to be one of the first to introduce crepe paper flowers here. I have also started my online classes for a Korean app platform and planning to create more contents for English speakers as well.


I am pretty new to this industry but, I do have a big dream. I hope to...

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Episode 12: Artist Spotlight: Teaching What You Love

artist spotlight season 1 Mar 25, 2020
Some of you may not be aware, but Amity Libby of Flower and Jane (formerly Florabeane) was highly involved in The Paper Florist Collective when the idea of organizing an international community of paper florists was in its infancy. At the time, she was known by her maiden name, Amity Beane. Now, she’s more focused on her family and spreading the word of paper floristry in another way and by doing what she does best - teaching. She has built a successful business through her online courses (and fresh flower farming) while living in a small town in Maine.
Listen to Amity as she talks with Quynh, Jessie and Priscilla, about her recent elopement, her comfort in going Live, and her ambitions to live in Portugal.

1. Who is Amity Beane and how did you discover paper floristry? 
My name is Amity Libby now, as I got married in May. Mom of one, Maine-based global citizen! I discovered this lovely art via the Design Sponge Instagram feed. I...
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Episode 11: Artist Spotlight: Uncommon Paper Flowers with Kate Alarcon

artist spotlight season 1 Mar 25, 2020

Most of you know Kate Alarcon’s work through her IG account, @cobralilyshop, and her unique paper flower tutorials on Design*Sponge. This week, we are sitting with our friend to discuss her art and her forthcoming paper flower book, Uncommon Paper Flowers: Extraordinary Botanicals and How to Create Them, now available for purchase and to be released October 15, 2019.

Listen to Kate as she talks with Quynh, Jessie and Priscilla, about her paper flower art and her book.

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1.  Who is Kate Alarcon?

I'm a paper artist, plant geek, and mom/dog mom.


2.  What are some of the challenges you've faced during your paper florist career?

Besides some intense health stuff in the last few years, the challenges for me are probably the challenges we all face. On the business side of things, it's tough not knowing what's coming down the pike: what opportunities will arise that I feel I can't turn down but will require me to drop everything so I can do an...

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