In 2012, Rachel Dein showed the owners of a flower-shop a plaster-cast tile she had made from a bouquet. They were impressed, and soon the UK artist began receiving commissions to make more of these modern “fossils.” Dein’s method is simple: she presses flowers into wet clay and then pours in a mixture of plaster and concrete to produce a tile. The dry tiles can be left unadorned or be painted. “I enjoy the magic of plaster casting to create fossils from everyday life,” Dein writes on her website. “Whether it’s a shell found on holiday, your grandmother’s treasured lace, a Christening gown, or the flowers from your wedding.” You can find more of her work on Dein’s website, and see pieces for sale on Etsy.

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See more of these beautiful modern fossils on Dein’s Etsy.