Once upon a time, flowers were not considered Art. They were the inspiration for paintings, contributors to medicines, or the maskers of odor, but not themselves Art.
This has most definitely changed. In fact, I would argue that flowers have become another medium of Fine Art Sculpture, and it is as a Fine Art that I approach my work as a floral designer.
Each variety of flower or foliage possesses a unique structure and capability to enhance the meaning and intensity of an overall composition.
For years, I have been fascinated by the Victorian's Secret Language of Flowers, in which every plant had a specific meaning. A special pleasure of mine to add sprigs of ivy to wedding bouquets and boutineers, knowing that ivy symbolizes loyalty and fidelity.
I believe that in this "age of mechanical reproduction" we are thirsting to reconnect with our roots, with the primal call to the wild. I know I am not alone (What happened to Traditional Floral Bouquets? by Robin Stein).
My luxury centerpieces are infused with the aura of pods, vines and Poke Berry, the most invasive of weeds. The textures of the uncommon, and ephemeral elements of a moment inspire and motivate my art.
Working with Nature, it is impossible to become bored. Before you can blink the mood has changed and the season is new.
Next Week: Please join me as I travel to the Dominican Republic for Part I of an Island Styled shoot!