Her name was Mary Delany. She was born in England in 1700. At the age of 72, she started painting paper and cutting it to make flower mosaiks. She made 985 of them!!!
A book about her called 'The paper garden' by Molly Peacock is a wonderful journey into her process and how she came to do her life's work documenting and creating, combining science and art to leave behind a story rich with meaning and inspiration. A must read.
In printed pictures, these flowers first look painted, and then you look closer and closer - you start to see the layered paper. Some papers seem opaque and some are almost translucent allowing the entire flower to glow.
We also found this book at the library - Mary Delany and her circle at our local library - its full of interesting details and many many amazing examples of her flower mosaiks.
O I would have liked to meet her and work with her. And touch her tools and see her flowers.