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Interview: Elise from Botanicase

Elise from Botanicase

We met Elise from Botanicase at one of Public Garden’s flea markets last year and bought one of her pressed flower casings. We wanted to feature her lovely pieces and get to know more about her.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Elise Aw and I am currently studying Environmental Systems in the University of Sydney.

2. How did you come up with your shop or brand name?

Surprisingly, it did not take me long to come up with my shop name. Amalgamating the word botany, which means plant life and the word case, I came up with Botanicase.

3. What got you into crafting/arts/illustration?

During my 1st year of university, I was taught how to press flowers. After more practice, I gradually fell more and more in love. With inspiration online, I started to make my own pressed flowers phone casings.

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4. What do you make and why do you make them?

I make pressed flowers phone casings. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a huge fan of plants. By pressing flowers, I am able to seal in the beauty of the flowers and bring them along simply on my phone case!

5. Do you have a favorite item that you created? Is it sold or still available for purchase?

My favourite item would be my personal iphone casing. I customized it with the flowers my boyfriend gave me, it is meaningful and special. It is not for sale.

Elise's Favourite Botanicase Piece

Elise’s Favourite Piece

6. Are you a full time artist, designer or crafter? If not would you like to be?

Unfortunately, I am not a full time crafter. As I am pursuing a BA in Environmental Systems, I would love to secure a job as a soil scientist or anything related to the soil studies.

7. Do you have any favorite blogs or resources that you can share to our readers?

My personal favourite blogger would be theclothes.blogspot.com
Her name is Rebecca. Her photos are often taken out in nature which I really enjoy looking at. & I find it terribly cute that she takes most of her own photos using her tripod!

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Snapshots from Instagram

Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: We made this owl with so many kids at the Yellowren Arts Festival. It was fun and hectic to teach little kids on how to make it. Check out the tutorial on how to make this little bird at the blog.

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Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: Want to learn #moderncalligraphy? We have another class with @publicgarden on Sep 21 at TripleOne Sommerset. Sign-up via info@public-garden.com. Sign-up now as spots are running out.

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Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: I just love packaging orders and sending them off to customers. If I have the time, I decorate the package and include a handmade thank you note. Just another way of saying thank you for choosing to work with us on your special day.

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Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: A little inspiration on a Thursday afternoon…

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Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: So happy at how our prints turned out. The colors are gorgeous! We will be giving a print each for participants of our upcoming workshops. If you’ve participated in our workshop before and would like to get one, please email us. You will need to pay for shipping but the print is free. Size 5×7. Hop on over to Ruth’s website for more details on our next class is on September 6 with @happyshop

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Photo Caption from @katrinaalana: We wanted to give our lovely goddaughter her first birthday present since she will be flying back home for her celebration. Advance happy birthday Avie baby!

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Hand-carved Rubber Stamps

I wanted to create a new look for the notebooks that we will be including in the calligraphy kit for the workshops this weekend since we will have some male participants. During the last workshop, I used the butterfly stamps that I got as a token from the organizers of the MT Tape workshop I conducted last year.

Took a quick photo using my old iPhone

I decided to carve these stamps using vintage sailor tattoos as inspiration. Sketching the design was pretty easy but I had a hard time deciding on which carving rubber to use. I ended up using a Japanese carving block that Lex bought me during one of his trips to Japan. Unfortunately I no longer had the packaging so I’m unable to mention the brand here.

Sailor Themed Stamps: Sparrows, Stars and Anchors

I used linocutters and a kraft knife to make the details. I’m pretty happy with the result. I’m looking forward to carving more designs for my collection as soon as I get more carving rubber.