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Blue Met - Molly Peacock and The Paper Garden

mary delany.jpgMary Delany was born in 1700, and before she died in 1788, she learned to play the piano with Handel, bantered with Swift, married twice, and was pursued by the powerful Lord Baltimore. At 72, she invented an art form.

Mrs Delany created intricate and exquisite pictures of flowers, using a technique she created herself. She snipped the flowers from coloured paper and overlaid the shapes on painted black paper. She called the result mosaics.

Her story is told with relish by Canadian poet Molly Peacock in a new book called The Paper Garden: Mrs Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72.

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