the work of mary delany is quite marvelous. she was a blue stocking, a fine gardener, and quite skilled in areas of handiwork such as needlepoint, drawing and painting. mary befriended several botanists which enhanced her curiosity and fascinations with flowers and plants. mary was a pioneer in the world of decoupage and often made "paper mosaiks" for ladies of the court out of collaged tissue paper.
i am completely fascinated with her attention-to-detail and am floored by her precision and execution. i am almost tempted to try my hand at this, but am a little daunted. i wish i could peek inside her studio and sketchbooks!