Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

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, mur­; doc­tor­

Pic­ture: BOB BARKER

Dr Lisa Cooper is one of Aus­tralia’s most-feted florists.

Flo­ral trib­ute … a pre­sen­ta­tion of flo­ral de­signs in The Flow­ers.

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