The initial concept came from art directors who requested she design quilled shapes to pair with similarly shaped desserts. It was Sarah's idea to create background collages composed of baking papers.... white and colored cupcake liners, parchment paper and bakery box cardboard.
"I loved the process as it allows the designer and art director to get exactly what is needed with fewer back and forth emails and edits. It was a really happy collaboration. I see much potential for work like this... perfect quilled letterforms nestled in grass for a garden magazine or atop luxury fabric for a fashion magazine. The possibilities are endless!"
Another new venture is Folded Petal, a blog that Sarah launched in January. An admirer of rare and endangered flowering plants, she has already shared quite a few tutorials for recreating in paper what she calls wild gems... little known North American flowers with names like Fringed Campion, Roan Mountain Bluet and Harper's Beauty.
Not only does Sarah show how to make the blooms and provides printables and templates, but she shares ideas on arranging and displaying paper flowers.
A companion Etsy shop called Folded Petal (in addition to her shop Yakawonis Quilling that centers on pop culture quilled home decor) is where she sells flower-making supplies like hand painted tissue paper and kits.
Iris and tulip kits are available now, while peony, garden rose and lily of the valley are on the way.
Sarah Yakawonis is on Instagram.