Member of the Pressed Flower Guild
Member of the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild
Member of the International Pressed Flower Art Society
The Heritage Crafts Association
Real Pressed Flowers on Facebook
My name is Denise Stirrup and I live between Bristol and Bath on the edge of the Mendip Hills in the UK. I started pressing flowers over 30 years ago and learned by following information found in the books available at the time.
In 1993 I read an article about pressed flowers which mentioned The Pressed Flower Guild. I joined, and my hobby took off. I was able to attend workshops run by senior Guild members, go to conferences and learn new techniques. Our local group meets every two months and we are able to exchange new ideas and try things out. I could discuss any problems with members who knew much more than I did. I gained my bronze, silver and gold awards and have passed proficiency awards in various subjects. I am a past President of The Pressed Flower Guild and one of the Guild's judges.
In 2001 I joined the International Pressed Flower Art Society and was secretary to the conference and exhibition held in London at the RHS Halls. This was one of the events that took place as part of the Japan 2001 celebrations throughout the UK.
When I had designed and made far too many pressed flower cards for my family and friends, I started to sell them at local craft fairs and shows. The Pressed Flower Guild started attending larger shows, so another outlet for my work arose.
I joined the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild in 2008 and have taught at their conferences in Los Angeles in 2008, in Guangzhou, China in 2010, in Waterloo, in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, in 2012 and again in Los Angeles in 2014.
More recently, I have taught at the Brazil Oshibana Conference in Sao Paulo and the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild Conferences in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015 & in Philadelphia in 2018.
I have edited and provided designs for the chapter on Pressed Flower Material in the Judith Blacklock Encyclopaedia of Flower Design, published in 2006 and provided flowers for a Honda advert for an eco-friendly car in 2011.
In 2012 I wrote the Pressed flower work section in the Dorling-Kindersley book
"Craft Techniques & Projects" and wrote an article "21st Century Pressings" for the Craft Creations magazine, issue No 65. The March 2015 edition of Craftseller Magazine contains a project I designed for them.
I am still learning and enjoy talking to others about how I work. I run workshops and seminars and love showing others how to work with pressed flowers to obtain the best results.
I hope that you enjoy looking at my website and my Facebook page. I am indebted to my husband, John, for setting these up and his patience with me while we got it right together!