Stuart Bithell gold medallist…

Stuart Bithell won gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2021…

His ceremony bouquet had been all over Tokyo and flew many miles before I got my hands on it…

As soon as his plane hit the ground his girlfriend got in touch to see if there was anyway I could preserve the flowers for Stu’s mum, even though they’d been out of water for a week! My response was – we’ll make it happen…

I didn’t have high hopes when they dropped it off, the sunflowers had wilted to within an inch f the lives, however the tropical leaves and tiny blue flower were still hanging on… On taking the bouquet apart the sunflowers dropped all their petals, so I decided to dehydrate the whole stem and petals using my food dehydrator… The rest was put on the press with fingers crossed…

Using a photo frame display box, I pain staking remained the bouquet… first I glued all the petals back onto the sunflower heads, clustering the rest together mimicking the original, I even used the ribbon and thin stripy leaves which originally held the whole thing together…

I was chuffed with the results, what an honour to preserve something so incredible… I just wish you could of seen it when they handed it over!