Ciao begins the process of each illustration by sketching out the figure’s silhouette and pose and adding watercolours for depth. Then, by arranging and layering flower petals (or salad greens, in some cases) she is able to create her desired look. Finally, each petal is glued into place.
(Grace provides a tutorial of the above illustration on her blog:.)
Regarding her method of fashion illustration, Grace stated in anthat
she started using petals purely by accident, when she noticed a red rose a boy had given her was dying. “I remembered how beautiful it used to be and wanted to ‘preserve’ this beauty. So I made fashion illustrations out of them.”
Grace said her favorite flowers to work with are those that have multiple shades, like lilies and carnations.
“‘They help me create prints which I otherwise couldn’t have thought of,” she said, adding, “I think petals work really well for illustration also because their delicacy and exquisiteness mimic those of a soft fabric.”
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More of her high-fashion illustrations (I recommend clicking on the images for a larger and closer view of gown details):
Grace holds fashion illustrations and petal-art workshops in and around Taiwan, where she showcases her designs and teaches guests how to create their own fashion illustrations.
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