Wedding season is upon us, and weekends are filling up with joyous celebrations of love. If you are a lucky bride and groom getting married this year, New Orleans artist, Caitlin Waugh, of Paraph Studio has the perfect way for you to preserve memories of your special day.
Caitlin’s newest collection, Moment Enverre, takes the ephemeral beauty of a wedding day and preserves it as a lasting heirloom. She uses flowers, herbs, or plants from your wedding bouquet and seals it in glass, turning it in a beautiful piece of art to hang in your home. The flora can be incorporated onto a piece of reclaimed wood or a colorful stained glass masterpiece. We sat down with Caitlin to ask her a few questions about Moment Enverre and her creative process.
Describe your art in three words.
Inventive. Conceptual. Decay.
Describe yourself in one word.
What is your inspiration for creating the Moment Enverre?
My favorite aspect of the ‘Moment Enverre’ collection is the individuality of each plant. The structure of the plant and the soil it drew from, its lifetime of hydration, the conditions on the day it was picked, all impact the way the plant expresses itself between glass. This line of thought prompts me to consider the ‘meaning’ of each plant as well, whether it was used in ceremony and celebration, what the plants’ symbolism and message is, when and why it was picked. I’m inspired to continue this line of inquiry because each plant expresses such different medicinal, healing powers and personality.
What drew you to weddings as a source of creativity?
During the time that I was first exploring and developing this kiln process, many of my friends got married. It was a natural extension for me to see their wedding flowers as content for my work. I took flowers home from the weddings and made them into gifts for my friends. I especially appreciate the way preserving a flower helps capture and memorialize the moment in time that it was blooming. Now that all of my friends are having babies, I find myself making gifts with flowers harvested on the day of their child’s birth. These are great, meaningful gifts that will last a lifetime.
Describe your process of creating enverre works.
Enverre is what I call the process I use to fire plants between two pieces of float glass in a kiln. The plant matter burns, and the remaining ash is fused between two pieces of glass. The enverre pane is soldered together with a patchwork of scrap stained glass pulled from restoration projects around New Orleans.
Who are your artistic influences, or gurus?
My father. My paternal grandfather. My next-door neighbor growing up (Norman Desroche). Barry Friedman (the glazier I apprenticed under). Amazing friends; so many! Ansel Adams. Brancusi is an old favorite. Susan Stinsmuehlen-Amend is a new favorite. Liza Lou!!
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
In the garden, the kitchen, on the dance floor, traveling (lots), visiting friends and family, building my New Orleans community, volunteering with CASA, the gym, or reading in my hammock.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact. My stage name for performances in the lawn as a child was “Tanya LaBamba.” I still remember most of my routine to ‘Walk of Life’ by the Dire Straits.
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Watch as Caitlin explains the process of creating her enverre work.
Discover more ideas for the bride that loves art in the Here Comes the Bride collection.