Be inspired by the blossoming world of contemporary flower design
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