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American Made Series: Anandamayi Arnold

Kumquat Branch, 2012

You may think it's impossible to improve upon a flower, but Anandamayi Arnold seems to have found a way to do just that. Inspired by old-fashioned surprise balls -- candy and other little treasures wrapped in crepe paper to resemble a ball -- Arnold's incredibly intricate paper botanicals are not only as pretty as Mother Nature's but also come bearing gifts. Inside each of the kumquats above, for example, are three or four presents -- stickers, sweets, miniature animals, and other items to make a child (or the child in you) smile. The only glitch? They are so gorgeous, you won't want to unravel them.