In 2012, Rachel Dein showed the owners of a flower-shop a plaster-cast tile she had made from a bouquet. They were impressed, and soon the UK artist began receiving commissions to make more of these modern “fossils.” Dein’s method is simple: she presses flowers into wet clay and then pours in a mixture of plaster and concrete to produce a tile. The dry tiles can be left unadorned or be painted. “I enjoy the magic of plaster casting to create fossils from everyday life,” Dein writes on her website. “Whether it’s a shell found on holiday, your grandmother’s treasured lace, a Christening gown, or the flowers from your wedding.” You can find more of her work on Dein’s website, and see pieces for sale on Etsy.
See more of these beautiful modern fossils on Dein’s Etsy.