EXPRESSION THROUGH BLOOMS
FOR artist and florist Lisa Cooper, there is no higher medium with which to express human emotion than flowers.
Cooper, who holds a PhD in Fine Art and runs the flower business Doctor Cooper Studio, has dedicated her life to working with flowers.
She has captured her passion in a beautiful new book, The Flowers, which recounts her life and work and celebrates local flower growers.
The book’s elaborate floral designs include stories from her personal “garden of live flowers” and the family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners and florists who have influenced and inspired her.
“The Flowers is really a philosophy of flowers. The primary concern of the book is to consider the extraordinary way that the materiality of flowers metaphor emotions such as love,” Cooper says.
“Transient flowers have the capacity to remain in the heart of the recipient.
“I love everything about flowers – their materiality, fragrance, palette and symbolism.”
Cooper, who holds a permanent residency at Carriageworks in Eveleigh, says a florist’s life can be tough – her day usually starts at 4am.
“Three days a week I visit the flower market in Flemington to collect the flowers. Then I go to my studio and work with them in between many meetings, phone calls, emails, and lots of coffee,” she says.
The lush, dramatically composed floral arrangements she creates have garnered an avid following and she has received commissions from big names including Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet, Tiffany & Co, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Gallery of Australia.
Flowers can say so much, Cooper says. She just finds a way of letting them speak.
The Flowers, by Dr Lisa Cooper, Murdoch Books, $59.99, murdochbooks.com.au; doctorcooper.com.au
Dr Lisa Cooper is one of Australia’s most-feted florists.
Floral tribute … a presentation of floral designs in The Flowers.