Holly Parr - Beaded Flower Artist
Bespoke Handcrafted Flowers to Treasure
Holly first fell in love with the art of French Beaded Flowers six years ago. From then on her hobby has turned into her passion. Through stringing thousands of 2mm glass seed beads onto fine craft wire, with a combination of twists and wraps, Holly designs and creates exquisite forever flowers to treasure.
French Beading is a 19th century art form that has gone through waves of popularity. Believed to have originated in both Italy and France the craft was predominantly favoured by women in order to earn a little money of their own and to decorate their homes. There was even a time when French beading patterns were accessible in popular literature and magazines. In the Victorian era French Beading became associated with the passing of a loved one as many memorials were created using the technique. French beading is beginning to become popular once again. With beads of just about every colour available it is possible to create stunning flowers, even when they are out of season.
Holly researches each natural bloom she replicates before designing the flower she has selected. With flowers having such a powerful impact on us, creating memories, improving our mental health and sending messages it is really important to Holly that her designs are as accurate as possible and that they capture the splendour of the blooms she replicates.
Holly comes from a background in theatre costume and having had two beautiful, exhausting children she has decided a creative outlet that fits around her boys is a necessity. Her love of French Beaded flowers is a young blossoming creative business in the beautiful setting of the Hyland’s Artists community here at the Stables. Holly’s hand crafted bespoke blooms are designed and created with love and care.