Artistry and creativity in full blossom
Heartbroken by the loss of her sister, one creative soul found a unique way to pay tribute to their bond
Brisbane mother-of-three Lena Croll knows how to jazz up a room — in the simplest and greenest of ways.
Lena’s love of plants and all things green, especially succulents, has been the best outlet, as everything she creates is made with love. Her business, Inspired by Kate, started about two years ago when her sister Kate passed away.
“I was having terrible anxiety and struggling to cope,” Lena says. “I was thinking a lot about Kate; she was an artisan and made gorgeous pieces of jewellery out of recycled silver and handforged copper. She was such an inspiration for me, and I guess making things made me feel closer to her.”
Lena has been teaching herself how to use different tools, how to work with different mediums, how to grow and propagate plants and ways she can put it all together in unique, creative pieces.
“I fell in love with succulents because they were so easy to grow, easy to look after and, being quite time poor, I needed something that didn’t need a lot of care to thrive,” she says. “Often the more they are neglected the better they grow.”
She says succulents are easy to look after and “can really transform a space that looks quite dull and boring into something that is bursting with life”.
“They can really compliment each other when put into arrangements together,” she says. “Some are used as thrillers (statement plants), fillers (plants that spread to fill in gaps, such as ground covers and sedums) and spillers (hanging plants such as string of pearls and bananas, burros and donkeys tail).”