New at Mission Point for the 2014 season is the Victorian craft of flower pressing! Explore this forgotten craft with flowers from the island. Celebrating the lush gardens of Mission Point and the rich historic gardens of Mackinac, pressing is a great activity for young and old alike. Join us on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays to learn this exciting craft, and take with you a lovely souvenir of your island visit. Contact our Activities Office for more information.
Pressed flower craft consists of drying flower petals and leaves in a flower press to flatten and exclude light and moisture. Pressing flowers makes them appear flat, and often there is a change in color, ranging from faded colors to a greater intensity of vibrant colors.
The pressed flowers and leaves can be used for a variety of craft projects. They are often mounted on special paper; with meticulous attention to detail each leaf and flower is glued onto a precise location. With a creative approach to use of materials, interesting images can be created, e.g. a leaf becomes a tree and petals form mountains.
Washes of watercolor are sometimes applied to the backing paper before the pressed material is attached to is. It is also popular to mount pressed material on fabrics, such as velvet, silk, linen or cotton.
The craft gained popularity in the Victorian era and has experienced a revival in recent years. Flower presses and materials are for sale in the Mission Point Gift Shop.