Rosey’s Posies (and Abby!) first came to my attention, when I was posting about events before the 2014 holidays and saw that there was going to be an alumni/student show at CCAD. Being a paper freak, I immediately fell in love with Abby’s creations, went to the show, bought one of her flowers and asked her if she would like to be featured. Not too many folks say no, so she agreed and here we are!
Abby grew up in Canton Ohio practically surrounded either by cows, cornfields, or industrial steel plants every passing moment and hated art until high school… And that’s when the bug bit me. Her junior year was revolutionary for her because she had an amazing teacher for Graphic Design courses both junior and senior years (Mr. Chris Bergert). Both he, and her yearbook advisor (Mrs. Kay Fliger), proved to be two of her biggest supporters second to her family and friends and led to her choosing art as a career path. 4-H was also pivotal in her career choice because it is a big thing back in her hometown. Kids are raised around animals, but its not only animals that are projects! There is anything from Archery to Zoo-ology. If you can dream it, it can be a project. Rosey’s Posies started, believe it or not, as a 4-H art project and evolved from just papers made into flowers, into what you see today!
Currently, she is a sophomore at Columbus College of Art and Design pursuing a degree in Advertising and Graphic Design, (something to eventually pay the bills..hehe!) While going to school full time, she also has a job as tour guide at the National First Ladies’ Library and Historic Site in Canton having started volunteering there at the age of thirteen. She was hired on this past April as an intern for both this year and next…woot!!!!
Rosey’s Posies and Paper Craft was was coined in April of last year after going through several name changes. Her creations are art paper crafting, or paper sculpting, depending on the piece because it’s ever expanding! (hence the name changes!!!) As cliche as it may sound, music and literature inspire a lot of what she creates. Many of her pieces are cut from book pages and often features Victorian, Edwardian, or vintage figures. No specific artist has inspired her but history definitely has.
When asked what new techniques she has learned or incorporated into her art, she says:
Trial and error is your best friend. Most of my art starts as base tutorials (like how to make a rose) then I work them to a style that fits mine! I make my own stencils and patterns, and it’s a blast!
Each of her works are made of recycled or secondhand books, scrapbook pages, or tissue-like hand made paper when it comes to the flower crowns. She makes paper roses, bows, and smaller butterfly clips that can be used in hair, on purses, or anywhere an alligator clip can be secured. Although she has ready made pieces, she prefers to make custom orders. Flower crowns and most book sculptures are made to order, or are available at shows she participates in (listings of these are usually posted on her FB page)
Right now, Abby sees her work continuing on the path she has already taken doing conventions, shows, fairs, and maybe even weddings. Upon graduation, she would like to work in advertising graphics and continue making her roses n the side.
My biggest dream is to work for a museum or publishing company as a graphic artist, and to sell paper craft as a “me” thing! I’d like to eventually turn it into a larger brand and maybe submit to galleries or boutiques.
I’m sure we all wish her luck as she continues her education at CCAD! I know I look forward to seeing her paper arts evolve (and, of course, purchasing more of her posies!!!)
Contact info for readers:
BEST way to get in contact with her is via Facebook or Email. (“I don’t like to sell via Etsy simply because most of my creations are made custom and are hard to list!”)