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"Nature Constructed", by May Artist-in-Residence Tiffanie Turner

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Photo: Tiffanie Turner, Dutch Study 1

Tiffanie Turner, Dutch Study 1, 2015. Paper mâché and Italian crepe paper, 29 x 14 in. Photo by Oliver Vazquez

Kimball Education Gallery

May 4–29, 2016
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, Fridays until 8:45 pm
de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception: Friday May 27, 2016, 6–8:30 pm

Tiffanie Turner works in paper to explore nature and botany in full bloom and decay. Her paper flowers measuring up to 40 inches wide, are made by individually cutting hundreds of petals in various sizes from crepe paper before affixing them to one another by hand. During her residency, museum visitors are invited to work on a giant communal botanical paper sculpture, learning how to stretch the paper into the proper shape and adhere it to the flower composition in progress. The first two weeks will be spent creating something vibrant and beautiful, while the second two weeks will focus on simulating decomposition. Visitors who have participated in the object’s creation are invited to return toward the end of the residency help take the piece into its decayed state.

An artist, architect, mother, wife, and performer, Turner is also the author of the upcoming book Papel: The Fine Art of Botanical Paper Craft. Her work in paper derives from her architectural interest in construction and repetitive motifs and her lifelong passion for flowers and botanical drawings. She has exhibited at Rare Device, Paxton Gate, and Bedford Gallery and has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Craft Magazine, Hi-Fructose, and The Lab Magazine, as well as online on Beautiful/Decay. More of her work can be seen in August 2016 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts. Turner teaches workshops in her various botanical paper techniques around the country.

Ticket Information

The Kimball Education Gallery is located in the free zone of the museum; no tickets are required. Please drop by any time during open hours.


The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.

Contact Information

Kevin Chen
(415) 750-3528