Master artists from across the state have been selected to lead sessions at Berea’s first Festival of Learnshops in July. Luann Vermillion of Whitesburg is among the artists selected, and she will lead two workshops, both on her pressed flower art.
Vermillion grew up and lives in Whitesburg, and has been interested in pressing flowers all her life. Working as a full-time artist for more than a decade, she preserves wildflowers so that they can be enjoyed for years. Her education in microbiology led her into the science of preserving flora using natural techniques to retain color and splendor.
During a 10 a.m. to noon session on July 14, Vermillion will guide participants in pressing different types of flowers and plants, with special attention on retaining color. Participants will leave with a wooden flower press with flowers they have pressed. Participants in the two-hour afternoon learnshop will create a matted and framed 5×7-inch pressed flower arrangement using flowers from Vermillion’s garden. Topics will include balancing an arrangement, types of backgrounds, adhesion techniques, framing and matting, and tips to retain color. Participants will take home a finished keepsake piece created with natural colored flowers and plants.