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Hannah Miles
Kew Gardens

Tools Used

Scalpel, precision tweezers, UHU glue, glue syringe, spray mount, florist wire, acrylic, cutting machine

Which London landmark did you choose and why?

I knew I wanted to go a green landmark since that is where I get my inspiration walking around London. I chose Kew Gardens and particularly the palm house because it is so iconic and a filled with plants from all around the world.

Talk us through the process of making the piece.

I drew and designed all the shapes needed for each part working from reference images of the palm house, tree and plants that are in kew garden. After I printed out my templates at the right size to cut from and sent the petal templates to the cutting machine so it could produce the amount I needed. After hand shaping all the petals I started to build each tree and the plant bed. The pal, house itself is made up of glass like a green house so I used the acrylic as the centre and glued the papercuts of the frame to either side. 

What was the most challenging part of the brief?

The hardest part was the scale, the palm house is long but not very tall so it ended up being quite a miniature piece to work on which made it fiddly.

What part of the brief did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed making the trees the most, I usually work in 2D so bringing together trees that would stand and be filled with petals like the cherry blossom was time consuming but I loved how they ended up. 

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