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COMMON PEOPLE #14

Tania Nguyen, Wollongong NSW

Whether it’s the movement of the trees swaying or the colours of the sky at sunrise it’s the beauty of nature that inspires Tania Nguyen’s art with pressed flowers. Tania believes that nature brings her the gentle escape from a busy life that we all strive for and shares her therapeutic project with us through her workshops and art.

Words by Tania Nguyen

Images by Rachel Abbott


STORIES

COMMON PEOPLE #14

Tania Nguyen, Wollongong NSW

Whether it’s the movement of the trees swaying or the colours of the sky at sunrise it’s the beauty of nature that inspires Tania Nguyen’s art with pressed flowers. Tania believes that nature brings her the gentle escape from a busy life that we all strive for and shares her therapeutic project with us through her workshops and art.


Words by Tania Nguyen

Images by Rachel Abbott


Tell us about you Tania.

Just a local South Coast gal who enjoys a bit of sunshine and an almond chai.

What inspired you to start flower-pressing?

I never knew flower pressing existed until mid 2017 on a trip to Japan. I visited a museum that displayed so many stunning pressed flower frames, I was inspired to try it for myself back home. Naturally I forgot about it until a couple months later when I wanted to keep some flowers my boyfriend bought me.

What’s your favourite flowers and why?

I’ve always adored Irises, Daisies and Sunflowers. They’re just sweet, soft, happy flowers. I think if I were a flower I’d be one of the three.

 “The natural beauty of nature really inspires my arrangement on my frames; the way a leaf falls from a tree, the movement of a tree swaying in the wind, the motion a wave hits the shore, the colours in the sky at sunrise and sunset, the shapes of the clouds in the sky, even the weather will give me some kind of vibe on what colour palettes to use.”

 “The natural beauty of nature really inspires my arrangement on my frames; the way a leaf falls from a tree, the movement of a tree swaying in the wind, the motion a wave hits the shore, the colours in the sky at sunrise and sunset, the shapes of the clouds in the sky, even the weather will give me some kind of vibe on what colour palettes to use.”
Do you have a process when collating flowers into your frames?

Not at all. Every flower is different and has its own kind of beauty, so I enjoy experimenting and see all the different ways I can preserve its beauty and structure.

Where do you draw your inspiration?

The natural beauty on nature really inspires my arrangement on my frames; the way a leaf falls from a tree, the movement of a tree swaying in the wind, the motion a wave hits the shore, the colours in the sky at sunrise and sunset, the shapes of the clouds in the sky, even the weather will give me some kind of vibe on what colour palettes to use.

Where do you source your flowers from?

I grow some of my flowers in my own garden, but I generally source them from markets, local florists and from dear friends who gift them to me.

 “I want to share this project and my love for nature and flowers with as many people as I can this year. Creating is so therapeutic and sometimes even a gentle escape from our busy lives and for our mental health so I want to work with more people and take them away from that, just for a moment and appreciate the beauty of nature together.”

 “I want to share this project and my love for nature and flowers with as many people as I can this year. Creating is so therapeutic and sometimes even a gentle escape from our busy lives and for our mental health so I want to work with more people and take them away from that, just for a moment and appreciate the beauty of nature together.
What’s your plans for BonnyV in 2019?

More workshops, collaborations with different creators and learn more about preserving flowers. I want to share this project and my love for nature and flowers with as many people as I can this year. Creating is so therapeutic and sometimes even a gentle escape from our busy lives and for our mental health so I want to work with more people and take them away from that, just for a moment and appreciate the beauty of nature together. I want to learn more about flowers, foliage, preserving them as I’m still relatively new to this so I’m still learning.

Learn more about Tania here.


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