Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

Utilizing intricate pressing techniques, Texas artist Lauren Lachance preserves the beauty of nature, transforming it into exquisite works of art.

Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

Flowers and plants have captivated Lauren Lachance from the time she was a very young girl watching in delight as her mother pressed wild clover, bluebells, and sage between the covers of heavy encyclopedias. As a teenager, Lauren dotted the pages of her journals with pressed petals and leaves.

Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

Not surprisingly, the creative young woman grew up to become a botanical artist who travels the world in search of exotic plants and flowers to document with ink and watercolor. When Lauren discovered the astounding way in which a delicate pressing can illustrate the essence and vitality of a plant, she found her passion.

Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

Today, she and her husband, artist Eduardo Benitez, head their own Austin, Texas-based business, The Lauren Lachance Collection. Using the French herbier technique—a centuries-old process of drying and pressing—they create gorgeous botanical renderings that preserve the ephemeral loveliness of the garden for years to come.

Pressed and Preserved: Artist Lauren Lachance

To learn more about Lauren Lachance and her studio, see “Pressed and Preserved,” on page 51 of the March/April 2013 issue of Victoria magazine.

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