THE PAPER ROSE Co. STORY
I specialize in true-to-life paper flowers and handcrafted botanical gifts.
But Who is
Paper Rose Co.?
Let's skip the formality (and the awkward third person), my name is Carrie Walters—and I am Paper Rose (and technically, Co.). I handcraft and design every element of what you'll find on these pages.
Over the past decade I've run my own design studio, Carrie Ink, where I develop brands for clients, and a product company, Blunt Objects, where I've self-published two award-winning cookbooks and other goods. I'm a bit of a workaholic. Mostly it's because I love creating things. But with both of those businesses keeping me in front of a computer all the time, it's also a stressful way of life.
To manage that stress and get away from my computer at night, I've picked up many hobbies over the years. As a graphic designer, paper has always been my go-to tool, so when I stumbled up a Martha Stewart Crafts kit 10 years ago, I knew found the perfect creative outlet.
Since then I've been making my favorite blooms out of paper and gifting them to friends and family whenever I felt they were presentable enough to share. After requests to buy these creations, I decided to turn this interest into more than a hobby—it's what I do. So in the fall of 2016, I launched Paper Rose Co. as a space to make botanical gifts for others to share and enjoy. (And now my middle name—Rose—is finally getting some use!)
STYLE & QUALITY
Long before I started making paper blooms, I looked to flowers for inspiration. They are the perfect resource when working with color palettes, seasonal color theory, patterns, and texture.
I source real flowers and dissect them to decipher the best ways to go about recreating their blooms out of paper. When I'm unable to get my hands on the real thing, I'll turn to my mom's old botany books to study their anatomical illustrations.
You will never find an unfinished stem or missing calyx when it comes to my blooms—I take pride in my extreme attention to detail and will not send out a piece that is less than what I consider perfect.
All blooms are handcrafted using the highest quality crepe paper—typically Italian and German. I enjoy the challenge of creating each part of a flower from paper but at times to truly capture the right tone or effect I also enhance that paper with watercolor, artists' pastels, acrylic paint, or highly-concentrated inks.
When I began Paper Rose Co. I finished off arrangements with faux greenery. These days, I take pride in making every single element of an arrangement from paper. Yes, it takes more time and ultimately costs a little more, but I believe the end result is much more distinct and beautiful without any artificial elements.
I'm proud to be a Lia Griffith Crepe Paper Flower Circle Ambassador—one of 10 crepe paper artists hand-selected to provide feedback and testing for the brand’s development of new products and crepe colors!