Over the past few years, my little business has opened many doors for me and has given me the opportunity to work alongside local businesses to promote sustainability within the workplace and to show people that little actions such as recycling, can have a huge impact on our immediate environment and the world around us.

The story behind my art pieces:

To create my artwork, I have been working with local businesses and collecting recycled coffee cups, egg cartons, BPA free till receipts and other recyclable material. All of this recycled material then is processed, naturally hand-dyed with fruit and vegetable scraps and made into paper sheets by myself. These sheets of handmade paper then become my canvas for my pressed flowers.
All of the flowers that are used in my art pieces are grown by myself in my own garden or gathered from forests, wetlands, lake lands and river sides close to where I am from.
As you can tell, I feel so blessed to be on this sustainable journey and it has become such an important part of my life. It is wonderful to be able to share my skills with others and show them that the littlest things have the power to change the world for the better, it is also so amazing to be part of a close knit artist community where we can learn, grow and share our skills with one another.

Irish Farmers Journel Article:

Petals and Paper: artist turns trash to treasure.

Shirley Mcloughney has always loved art, but she didn’t realise it could have a positive environmental impact – until she created her business, Petals and Paper, writes Janine Kennedy.