Skip to content

artfully arranged

September 6, 2017

Sandy

 

In a second, unplanned career, Sandy Whitaker turned her lifetime love of plants and flowers into a business.

The artist: After thirty-two years in the dental field in Mississippi, Whitaker and her husband, both avid hikers who love to canoe, moved to Georgia in 2006. While visiting Chattanooga in 2011, she saw a beautiful pressed botanical and thought she would try it.

The company: Botanicals by Sandy started in Canton in 2011. It offers a variety of sizes and species of framed botanicals (custom pieces too). Whitaker uses unique recycled frames as well as new mouldings.

What’s popular: Hydrangeas.  Also horizontal and vertical vines, like confederate jasmine and kudzu (original botanical are $125 and up).

Other favorites: Prints ($25 to $40) and notecards (six cards for $20).

The process: Each piece is collected and then, with large wooden pressers, pressed using the heat and pressure method. The piece is then artfully arranged and adhered to acid-free mat board. Whitaker identifies each piece with the common and scientific name in handwritten calligraphy before treating it with two coats of a UV protectant.

Claim to fame: Meeting the late Ryan Gainey, the internationally known Atlanta-area gardener and designer, at Scott Antique Market. He became a friend and a mentor.

Where to buy: botanicalsbysandy.com. In Atlanta, at Scott Antique Market, South Building: Sept. 7-10 and Oct. 12-15.

 

Advertisements
Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: