I knew from the beginning that I wanted to play with light and shadow in order to create these letterforms, and I had become curious about using the laser cutter by way of my other design class at the time, 3D Foundations.
This ended up being a considerable challenge - rose petals are by far the most difficult and delicate material I have ever worked with. The mere heat coming off of my fingers were enough to make them wilt as I worked with them, and securing them against the laser cutter's fan risked damaging the petals themselves. Once cut, the petals only became more delicate and more prone to shrivel, which would make my letterforms unreadable. As a result, after considerable trial and error, I became quite experienced with calibrating the laser cutter to suit my needs, as well as with how to work with my perishable material in the most efficient manner. I also experimented with setting up my own light studio.
The result was a haunting, but lushly romantic moment frozen out of time - especially due to the fact that the petals were wilting before my eyes and with every shot.