Pavé is a term from Old French and was primarily used for jewelry…”A setting of precious stones placed together so closely that no metal shows”.
In regards to floral design, it is much the same. It means a tightly packed display of flowers face up and with no background showing through. The shadowboxes we create in the Pavé design are generally smaller than other keepsakes. They may have “Fences” or dividers for accents. See image #0302 for example of the “Fences”.
Although the process of freeze drying flowers remains the same as it was since the 1990’s, the extra treatments used on flowers are constantly being updated. We use the most current treatments available for our processing. There are Pre-Treatments and Post-Treatments used with UV protectors to make the flowers stronger, and resistant to breakage and shrinkage. Occasionally we use color enhancing to help with any premature fading. We have also discovered methods based on individual flower types as far as loading in the machine. For instance since a calla lily is hollow in the middle, we do an extra step so it keeps it’s shape. We are always trying new ideas to make the process the best we can.
Occasionally we receive heirloom items from customers to include in the keepsake along with the flowers. These sometimes include clothing or jewelry items from a previous generation. We take great care in mounting these items in the design so that the integrity of the item is not diminished. No glue is used so that the item is not damaged in any way. By mounting items in this way makes it possible that the item could be removed at a future date. You can see an heirloom handkerchief and broach in the latest keepsake, 3 Panel Shadowbox.