Jessica Smith is trained as a jeweler, and graduated with a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her paper flower-making started in 2015 as a colorful mental break from the more monochromatic, physically rigorous work of metalsmithing, and has quickly grown to an obsession that feeds off of her lifelong love of plants and flowers.
When she isn’t sitting amidst a pile of paper clippings, she is cooking and enjoying a glass of wine, or spending time with her growing collection of houseplants, who serve as constant friendly inspiration. All of her paper flowers are hand-dyed, hand-cut, and assembled individually. No two flowers are quite the same. She works with tissue paper, Italian crepe, Canson paper, vintage stamens, and glass beads. The dyes she uses are plant-based, in addition to Artist’s gouache.