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. 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. 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. For more information and to view Lauren’s collection, go to laurenlachance.com.
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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