Early this month I spent three days studying Botanical Couture with Françoise Weeks in Portland, OR. It was amazing! I spent the first day learning the mechanics behind her botanical purses, and creating a couple purses of my own. They are surprisingly light, and completely customizable.
Yup, that's me as a giant paper flower. The flower was built on a cardboard collar, and was four feet across. Eating, drinking, peripheral vision, and socializing ranged from difficult to impossible in this costume - which added to the hilarity. At least no one else showed up wearing the same thing.