Rachel Dein (previously) chooses to immortalize plants that might otherwise wither away shortly after their appearance in the spring. Dein places theses flowers, vegetables, and foliage in arrangements within clay, making an impression of the plants before applying a layer of plaster. Once hardened, the initial clay is peeled way to reveal a relief formed by the delicate leaves and buds.
artist Rachel Dein of Tactile Studio has spent the last few years perfecting the art of plaster casting, an admittedly straightforward process of pressing objects into clay and then filling the voids with combinations of plaster and concrete.
Artist Rachel Dein Following in the tradition of the botanical imprints, Rachel Dein casts flowers and plants in plaster to make tiles that range from single specimens to garden compositions. Each piece records a plant’s “texture, pattern, and delicacy in exquisite detail,” write Ngo. Dein captures the essence of every fleeting bloom, encapsulating “the memory of nature itself.”