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All dried out

IT is not often that something becomes more beautiful when it’s dead, but dried flowers are an exception. Celebrated for their mortality, these aren’t so much blooms as skeletons, in a romantic sense. There is a new fashion for dried flowers around the home, but gone are the dusty and dowdy arrangements you might remember from old childhood drawing rooms. Fiona McLaughlin is doing it very differently indeed, as I discovered on

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