Villea (vil·lea) is a place of slow art inspired by my deep love for bougainvillea. Bougainvilleas are a woody-vined shrub that grow well in deeply rooted, dry soils. The further the roots are stressed, the higher and healthier the vine will grow. Growing up, I watched my grandfather as he cultivated the most beautiful bougainvilleas. Their tiny leaves will forever captivate me with their vibrant, rich hues.
The art of pressing and preserving floral is an attempt to capture memories in a delicate + unique way. Pressed floral is a slow art, requiring patience and trust. Each product is unique, reminding us how alive nature really is.
All orders are custom built, starting with a fine art line drawing of the fresh floral before pressing - Pieces can include literature, memories or thoughts and result in a piece of work that aims to capture the dear and sorrowful moments of our lives. Pressed, drawn, and framed for years to come.