My first pressed bloom was a gift to my dear friend, Emily. She was someone that I randomly met at a coffee shop in Monterey, California. She noticed my dog, and excitedly, though politely, asked if she could pet her. I looked up at her genuine smile, noticing her Madewell top and brown hair gathered into a messy bun, which lay loosely against her head, and said yes. This was the beginning of our friendship: pleasant conversation and the slightly awkward exchange of phone numbers.
We arranged to meet again, this time intentionally, at another coffee shop many weeks later. And since then, we’ve created a variety of memories: “eating Thai takeout on the floor while listening to Leon Bridges, swimming under the moonlight of Big Sur, talking about race, feminism, and faith at Alta Bakery, sprinting down Carmel River State Beach at a Carmel Barre class, grabbing fries at Sur Burger during the Monterey Farmer’s market, and many other small moments.”*
When Emily and I first met, she showed me an Etsy print of a poppy she was interested in buying to display in her room. Knowing I’d be heartbroken when she moved, I felt inspired to recreate the print. While on a walk with my dog, I noticed poppies began blooming all over Monterey. I picked one a month before she moved, and I pressed it between two hardcover books. I bought a frame, arranged the dried poppy to on the glass, then calligraphied “Monterey” on the bottom right corner. It was her personalized gift to bring a piece of Monterey with her when she moved.
Our friendship is the reason for hundreds of other beginnings. One pressed bloom lead to another. When I had my first pop up shop at Captain and Stoker, I made 12 pressed blooms. They sold out within three hours! Since then, I began foraging from different cities: Monterey, Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Pacific Grove. It combines my love of nature, local botanicals, and calligraphy.
Pressed blooms are hand pressed flowers from California. They are locally sourced, handmade, unique bespoke home decor. All of them are hand foraged for a handcrafted botanical art design.
Pressed blooms are now available on my website.
*Written by Emily Werk in a kind thank you card she gave me!