Monday, 9 September 2013

floral collection

Meet the Maker/ The Shop Floor Project
We work with our stable of designers to develop special collections, commissions and collaborations which are often exclusive to The Shop Floor Project. Here you can read more about the maker and view our collection.

Cornelia O'Donovan (b. London, UK, 1981) trained at Royal College of Art. Her work is held in private collections in the U.K. and overseas. The artist lives and works in London.


Capturing the fleeting moment when flower petals are about to fade and leaves are ready to drop, Cornelia O’Donovan creates a subtle and compelling sense of melancholy through her painted floral displays. Cornelia O’Donovan's work is often reminiscent of grand but faded medieval frescoes and of crumbling murals, hidden within the walls of ancient country churches. This aesthetic is developed further for her new exhibition with the use of thick, deckled edge paper which is prepared by lightly sanding the surface and finished with a fine layer of varnish - a technique which is still used today to stabilise delicate wall murals.

A Childish Prank"

Man's and woman's bodies lay without souls
Dully gaping, foolishly staring, inert
On the flowers of Eden.
God pondered.

The problem was so great, it dragged him asleep.

Crow laughed.

He bit the Worm, God's only son,
Into two writhing halves.

He stuffed into man the tail half
With the wounded end hanging out.

He stuffed the head half headfirst into woman
And it crept in deeper and up
To peer out through her eyes
Calling it's tail-half to join up quickly, quickly
Because O it was painful.

Man awoke being dragged across the grass.
Woman awoke to see him coming.
Neither knew what had happened.

God went on sleeping.

Crow went on laughing.”

― Ted Hughes

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