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Be in­spired by the blos­som­ing world of con­tem­po­rary flower de­sign

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The art of flow­ers

This is a por­trait of 21 con­tem­po­rary flower de­sign­ers across the cor­ners of the US from San Francisco to New York. You learn that these flo­ral artists have var­ied back­grounds, as­pi­ra­tions and aes­thet­ics but they all share a love of flow­ers that goes be­yond the tra­di­tional idea of flower ar­rang­ing as a pro­fes­sion. For them, it is a form of art and you can see this clearly in their cre­ations. From ike­bana-in­spired to lush and free-flow­ing, these are emo­tional pieces of art, where na­ture is trans­formed into an in­tensely per­sonal com­bi­na­tion of form, colour and tex­ture. Yet the use of flow­ers as a medium is also a tes­ta­ment of their love of na­ture and the idea of sus­tain­abil­ity; some have be­come farm­ers and grow their own flow­ers. It is also a re­frain to the ephemeral na­ture of life and the sense that the an­swer is to keep cre­at­ing. As Amanda Luu, one of the de­sign­ers, says “Flow­ers helped me shake loose the idea that only durable things were valu­able. In a way, cre­at­ing with a live medium has be­come a med­i­ta­tion on what re­mains when every­thing else fades away.”

In Full Flower by Gemma and An­drew In­galls, is pub­lished by Riz­zoli in April 2017.

“I feel like it’s my re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­veal flow­ers at the most beau­ti­ful point in their life­span, which usu­ally hap­pens to be the most open and frag­ile.”

(left) An ar­range­ment by Mandy and Steve O’shea (right) A Sul­li­van Owen sig­na­ture branch ar­range­ment with a Coral Charm pe­ony as a bright fin­ish­ing touch (be­low right) An ar­ray of fra­grant pe­ony cul­ti­vars, grown at Zon­n­eveld Farm (next page) An ar­range­ment and quote by Holly Carlisle

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