This week on Paper Talk Podcast, Jessie and Quynh chats with Ceres Lau

paper talk the paper florists collective Aug 06, 2020

Does the idea of submitting your paper flowers to a gallery strike fear in your heart? Or maybe you’ve tried in the past with little success and have become disheartened. We have heard so many paper florists express apprehension about exhibiting their paper flowers as fine art. There’s a lot of unknowns: Where do you begin? How do you deal with rejection? Is your creation really worth it? 

We’ve all felt those doubts. But what if we told you that we know the secret behind finding success as an exhibiting artist? The best news is, it’s totally something you can do.

On our latest episode of Paper Talk, we chatted with Ceres Lau, a paper artist in Malaysia, whose incredible work has been exhibited around the world and extensively online. She literally cuts, carves, sculpts, and creates elegant works of art from paper. Needless to say, she understands the way a blank sheet of paper can make the heart sing with possibilities.

Listen to our conversation, and here’s what you’ll learn about:

  • Dealing with negative feedback, especially when it comes from loved ones—which it will!
  • Balancing art and making a living. It’s a difficult needle to thread, staying true to your artistic side and still being able to eat. 
  • Staying true to the value of your artwork when people complain about the price tag.
  • Most importantly, persevering until you find the right opportunities. (Spoiler alert: this is the crucial bit.)

Ceres was a joy to talk with and hearing her story about becoming a paper artist, and the emotion and inspiration behind much of her work were captivating. We’re sure by the end of the episode you’ll be full of inspiration of your own, as well as the confidence and know-how you need to submit your paper flower art to exhibitions. 

As Ceres said, “When you get one acceptance, it’s totally worth it.” 

Click to listen now.


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