Tiffanie Turner

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Tiffanie Turner was born in 1970 in Colonie, NY and raised in the woods of New Hampshire. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1995 and worked as an architect for over 15 years before beginning her career as a botanical sculptor. She received a Zellerbach Family Grant award in 2016 to support her work as the May 2016 artist-in residence at the de Young Museum located in San Francisco, where she has resided for over 20 years.

Turner has had solo exhibitions at the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum, Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, MA, and Rare Device in San Francisco. Recent group exhibitions include “Flower Power” at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, “Preternatural” at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, “Detritus” at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and “Botanica” at Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, CA. She has been featured in Vogue, American Craft, O Magazine, LAB magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and been noted online by Colossal, Squarespace presents HI-FRUCTOSE, My Modern Met, Design*Sponge, Elie Saab, and The Jealous Curator, among others.

Turner is an instructor in the art of paper flower making in the United States and beyond, and her first book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, was published in 2017. Tiffanie’s first solo exhibition, “What Befell Us”, with Eleanor Harwood Gallery at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco is occuring on April 19th – June 15th, 2019.

Artist Statement

Flowers have been used throughout history as currency, and as symbols of life and death in their transient nature. Tiffanie Turner uses these ideas as a jumping off point to couch her themes and stories in the faces of metastasized and “ruined” gigantic flowers. Through her large botanical works in paper, she studies scale, texture (petals sometimes reading like feathers or fur) and color. She works with the rhythms and patterns found in nature, as well as metastasized forms and gestures formed by missteps and irregularities in nature like decay, rot, wilt, dormancy, death, and genetic and viral mutations. The accessible nature of these gigantic botanical sculptures allow them to readily shine a light on a multitude of issues, and by adding destruction and decay to these beautiful pieces that could have just as easily been created to be round, symmetrical and perfect, Tiffanie impresses upon the viewer the urgency of our environmental crises and ethical struggles.

Tiffanie is a licensed architect and working artist, and the inventor of these particular large-scale works in paper, which she has been exhibiting for the past four years. In that time, she has worked tirelessly to change the notion of paper flowers from decorative and consumer products into evocative and meaningful conceptual artwork.

Tiffanie’s work is currently also on view at Cornell Art Museum in Delray Beach, FL and Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, courtesy of Eleanor Harwood Gallery. Her current solo show, “What Befell Us”, is occurring at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in April 19-June 15th, 2019.

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1970 in Colonie, NY. Raised in Wolfeboro, NH. Licensed architect and practicing artist in S.F., CA.

Represented by Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco.


1993    B.S. Building Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1995    Bachelor of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

1992    School of Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India

Solo Exhibitions

2019    “What Befell Us”, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017    “The Fine Art of Paper Flowers”, Rare Device Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016    “Nature Constructed”, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

“Tiffanie Turner: Botanical Works in Paper”, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

2014    “One For You, One For Me”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA

2014    “Heads”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA

2012    “Oology”, Rare Device, San Francisco, CA

Group Exhibitions

2018    “Pleasure Garden”, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

“Flora”, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

“Beyond the Bouquet”, Sturt Haaga Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“World of Frida”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2017    “Flower Power”, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

“Detritus”, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA

“Imperial Dynasty Exhibition”, Drever Estate, Tiburon, CA

2016    “Preternatural”, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2015    “Botanica: All Things Plant Life”, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

“Strikeaway Show”, Paxton Gate Curiosity for Kids, San Francisco, CA

“Dead of Winter”,  Rare Device, San Francisco, CA (participant and curator)

2005    Sausalito Woman’s Club Annual Art Salon, Sausalito, CA

Grants and Awards

2016    Zellerbach Family Foundation Grant

2015-2017     CORE membership with Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artist Residencies

2018     SPACE at Ryder Farm, Brewster, NY, 1-week program
Drop, Forge & Tool, Hudson, NY, 1-week program

2016     De Young Museum Artist-in-Residence, San Francisco, CA, 1-month program

2016     Olde Orchard Farm, Moultonborough, NH, 1-week program

2015    Olde Orchard Farm, Moultonborough, NH, 1-week program

Published Writings

2017    The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, Ten Speed Press (release date August 22)

Online Essays

2017    The Meditative Nature of Crafting, Signature Reads


2019     Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, Calendar, Museums and Galleries California Homes, (April)

2018     Sonya Patel Ellis, The Botanical Bible, Abrams Books

             Simple Pleasures, American Craft Magazine, (April/May)

             Bricks & Flowers, Elle Bloemen, (Spring)

A Botanical Sculptor, Seizing Floral Moments, Dynasty Magazine, China Airlines, (March)

Craft Issue, Selvedge Magazine, Jan./Feb. 2018

2017    The Great Outdoors, New York Times Book Review, (Nov)

Botanica: Art, Design and Ephemera, Uppercase Publishing Inc.

 Best of the West: Faux-Flower Master, Sunset Magazine, (Sept)

 Blooms for All Seasons, Sweet Paul Magazine, (Fall)

Fall Flowers in California, Habitat: Bay Area Home and Style, (Fall)

            Pretty Paper Flowers, Flower Magazine, (Sept.)

            Tolleson Creative Agency Campaign for Gmund Paper

Flower, Blooming Again, Nylon Korea, (May)

2016    INSTACRUSH, Luxe. Interiors + Design Magazine (Sept./Oct.)

Flowers 2.0, Vogue Magazine (Met Gala Edition)

Women Who Make Beautiful Things, O, The Oprah Magazine (April)

2015    Collective Unconscious: OUTDOORS, American Craft Magazine (April/May)

The Paper Playhouse, K. Rodabaugh (Gallery: Artists as Inspiration Section)

2014    Symbolic Blooms, San Francisco Chronicle

STUDIO VISIT: Architecture, Craft Intersect in Hybrid Art, San Francisco Chronicle

Paper Flowers, LAB Magazine, issue 8

Surprise, Migrate Magazine, South Africa, issue no. 20

Selected Online Art Features

2018      Fake it for Love, Selvedge Magazine  

2017      The Great Outdoors, New York Times Book Review Online   

Required Reading: The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, Gardenista

              Ancient Roots of a Contemporary Maker Fixation Architectural Digest, The Global              

             Tiffanie Turner Has the Art of Paper Flowers Down to a Science, Vice Creators Project

              Noted: A Life in Flowers by Tiffanie Turner, The Elie Saab Magazine 

              Paper Posies, Selvedge Magazine

             Tiffanie Turner: The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, Lisa Congdon Blog

              6 of our favorite Paper Flower Artists, Martha Stewart 

2016     New Giant Paper Flower Sculptures by Tiffanie Turner, Colossal

Tiffanie Turner, The Jealous Curator

             Saatchi Gallery Instagram feature

Juxtapoz Magazine Instagram feature

12 Paper Flower Artists to Follow, Design*Sponge

6 Instagram Accounts to Follow, Better Homes and Gardens

New Giant Paper Flower Sculptures by Tiffanie Turner, Colossal

2015     Squarespace Presents: Tiffanie Turner’s Paper Flowers, HI-FRUCTOSE

Fleurs en papier par Tiffanie Turner, Journal du Design

Tiffanie Turner Challenges Scale and Age in Her Giant Flowers, Beautiful/Decay

 30 Amazing Things To Do in San Francisco This Month, Refinery 29

2014      Tiffanie Turner’s One For You, One For Me in Full Bloom, SF Gate

 Tiffanie Turner’s Fluffy Paper Bouquets Turn Heads, SF Gate

Tiffanie Turner, The Jealous Curator

3-Foot Wide Stunning Textured Flowers Created Out of Paper, My Modern Met

Giant Paper Flowers, Colossal

Tiffanie Turner :: HEADS, Today is Going to Be Awesome, Lisa Congdon

Giant Papercraft Flower Blossom Sculptures, Laughing Squid

Tiffanie Turner/Architect + Paper Flower Artist, Some Nice Friends

San Francisco Creatives Share Their Favorite Local Haunts, One Kings Lane Travel Guide

The Makers: San Francisco’s Next Big Things, One Kings Lane


Invited Talks

2018      Biophilia and Representational Art, SF Society of Experimental Graphic Design, Steelcase Showroom, San Francisco, CA

              Panel Discussion: Using Representational Botanical Sculpture to Address Conceptual Ideas, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA

The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

2017      The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, The Gardens at Heather Farm, Walnut Creek, CA

              Speaker Series, Design Tech High School, Burlingame, CA

2013      CreativeLIVE online seminar, San Francisco, CA

Altitude Design Summit, Salt Lake City, UT

Featured Artist/Podcasts

2018      SPARK: Tiffanie Turner, Paper Artist/Botanical Sculptor, season 1, episode 12

2017      Sunset Magazine Video Series

2016      Raise Your Hand and Say Yes with Tiffany Han, episode 116

2015      Art For Your Ear with The Jealous Curator, episode no. 18


Featured Artist for Carte Fini Paper 


2018      Visual Art Application Juror/Reviewer, SPACE on Ryder Farm Residency Season

              Botanical Art/Prop Consultant, “Little Joe” Cinematic Production (working title)

Product Design

2018       Fall 2019 Paper Color Designs for Cartotecnica Rossi, Italy

2017       Fall 2017 Paper Color Designs for Cartotecnica Rossi, Italy


FlowerSchool NY, NYC

Colossal, Chicago, IL

Detroit Flower House/Pot and Box, Detroit, MI

Ariella Chezar Design workshop, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MX

Handcraft Studio School, El Cerrito, CA

Fioli Gardens, Woodside, CA

Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

Makeshift Society, San Francisco, CA

French General, Los Angeles, CA

Hinterland Workshop, Springville, UT

Martha Stewart Living private workshop, San Francisco, CA