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Ji Kim of Blooms in the Air

2014 February 10

{NEW COLUMN: MAKER MONDAYS} I can barely contain my excitement today at announcing a new Freutcake column! Being a designer, and artist myself, I’ve always enjoyed meeting creative people and discussing their inspiration, passion, and craft. Maker Mondays is a monthly column where I’ll post the work of other artists and makers who are currently inspiring me. When it comes to talented, and sweet ladies; it doesn’t get more authentic than Ji Kim of Blooms in the Air. I fell in love with Ji’s paper flowers the very first moment I spotted them at Unique LA and I’m honored to have her here today as our very first maker!

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 Ji crafts a little bit of her love into each petal she sculpts and it’s evident in her magical creations. Today Ji is answering a few questions about her art and sharing her own personal process for making Crepe Paper Peonies, her favorite bloom.

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Q: How long have you been making paper flowers?
Ji: Three years.

Q: How did you first discover your love for paper flower making?
Ji: It was definitely a discovery through a series of events. Our most recent economic recession made me rediscover how satisfying it is for me to craft using my own two hands. It made me remember why I fell in love with architecture and how happy I am when I’m a maker. Then discovering a vintage book and high quality crepe paper, through a friend who I call my craft guru, Robert Mahar, was the beginning of an very satisfying and gratifying chapter of my life.

Q: What is your favorite bloom to make?
Ji: Peonies. It is the first flower that came to me as a challenge and it taught me a lot. I have a wreath full of failed peonies. Therefore, sculpting that fullness in each petal speaks a lot to me every time I make it.

Q: Is Blooms in the Air your full time job?
Ji: No, I’m a full time architectural designer and blooms in the air is a great counter balancing partner.

Q: What is your advice for other makers who want to make their craft into a business?
Ji: To be very clear about why you craft what you craft. Most of us start crafting and continue to craft because of personal reasons and simply because we love it. I personally don’t think that is enough. Knowing why you love it and why you know your craft is worth all that hard work can really help make decisions that is right for you and your business. I think it is the fastest way to sort out and prioritize all those inner desires and exterior demands. It will help you stop comparing yourself with other amazingly successful creative individuals/brands and allow yourself and your business to proudly grow into it’s own character/brand.

Q: What is your dream project?
Ji: I dream to have an atypical, exceptionally positive and ever evolving creative project.

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For Ji’s step by step instructions on “How to Make a Crepe Paper Peony” continue reading…

You can download a PDF of Ji’s flower making directions right here and follow the step by step photos below.

Step 1: Fringe Center
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Step 3: Leaves and Stem

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Step 4: Peony Building

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Photography by Joanne Pio

Note: Ji will be teaching a paper flower making class at Poketo in April so mark your calendars!

Thank you to Cafe Dulce for allowing us to shoot at their Pop-Up Shop.

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Leah Bergman

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22 Responses Post a comment
  1. February 10, 2014

    OMG!!What amazing flowers. They are as perfect as real flowers. I am really impressed.
    Greetings
    Evelyn

  2. February 10, 2014

    I’m VERY excited about this series!! And oh my gosh these paper flowers are so dreamy. Beyond impressive!

    • February 12, 2014

      Thanks Jacquelyn! I’m excited that YOU are excited. There are so many talented ladies and gents out there making beautiful things but Ji simply blew me away.

  3. February 10, 2014

    eeeeek~ Thank you Leah & Joanne!!!

  4. February 10, 2014

    Ji is AMAZING! She’s the sweetest friend & so incredibly talented. I’m so happy to have her paper blooms in my studio. So happy to see her featured here!

    • February 12, 2014

      I had no idea that you two were friends! She really is the sweetest. What a small world. :)

  5. February 10, 2014

    SO SO gorgeous!!! I’m obsessed with these!!!

  6. February 10, 2014

    These are SO gorgeous – they look nothing like I could pull off though haha!

    I am so excited about this series!!

    • February 12, 2014

      With a little practice I bet you and I could get pretty good at this! Ji is a master but they were easier than they look. ;)

  7. February 10, 2014

    OMG…those peonies are GORGEOUS!!!!! I am pretty sure mine would turn out nowhere near as pretty, but I’m inspired to try nonetheless!

  8. February 11, 2014

    OMG SO SO SO SO prettttyyyyyyy!

  9. February 14, 2014

    These are stunning and the photographs capture the process so beautifully.

  10. February 17, 2014

    Such a cool series! Ji and her art are stunning!

  11. February 24, 2014

    Beautiful! Do you have a source for purchasing quality crepe paper?

  12. Erin permalink
    March 20, 2014

    These are breathtaking!

  13. April 10, 2014

    This is the most beautiful DIY ever!!! I am absolutely amazed to watch her create these beautiful flowers step-by-step…omg. Thank you for sharing!

  14. May 10, 2014

    a beautiful young woman with exceptional talent!

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