Wel­lard flo­ral artists’ in­stal­la­tion

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A FU­SION of flo­ral and fash­ion will come to life as part of an in­stal­la­tion cre­ated by Wel­lard flo­ral artist Matthew Lan­ders adorn­ing the Clare­mont Quar­ter un­til De­cem­ber 2.

The spec­tac­u­lar 1.8m life-sized man­nequins fea­tur­ing about 2000 flow­ers will in­clude a trail­ing gown made out of roses, leu­cosper­mum and orchids and take about 40 hours to com­plete.

Lan­ders said he had drawn in­spi­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion af­ter a trip to Lon­don last year and visit to a Ba­len­ci­aga ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I went to the Ba­len­ci­aga ex­hi­bi­tion at the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum and was com­pletely in awe of the forms, colours and de­tails em­bed­ded into the his­tory of this iconic brand,” he said.

“I thought ‘how can I ap­ply the beau­ti­ful shape and weight of fab­rics along with mas­ter crafts­man­ship and ap­ply it with fresh flow­ers?’.

“Floristry is much like fash­ion, with chang­ing trends and fast-paced cre­ativ­ity. Like Ba­len­ci­aga, you only be­come iconic if you start to cre­ate things with your skill that oth­ers can’t do as well as you.”

En­list­ing the help of fash­ion lovers – real es­tate agent Emma Mil­ner, fash­ion blog­ger Jenelle Witty, in­flu­encer Olivia Vla­chou, stylist and de­signer Karolina Borkovic and so­cialite Melissa Gra­ham – the four women will put the fin­ish­ing touches on the piece.

“I want to show how some­thing liv­ing and beau­ti­ful can be trans­formed into fash­ion and who bet­ter to stand along­side it than Perth's most fash­ion­for­ward women,” he said.

Lan­ders said vis­i­tors to the Quar­ter could ex­pect to see a piece that was vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing and some­thing they would want to look at all day.

I wanted it to re­sem­ble ev­ery­thing sum­mer – pretty pas­tel pinks, boun­ti­ful blooms and stun­ning de­sign,” he said.

Lan­ders will also hold a pop-up florist at Clare­mont Quar­ter from De­cem­ber 3 un­til De­cem­ber 16 .

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d488826

Flo­ral artist Matthew Lan­ders with Melissa Gra­ham, Olivia Vla­chou, Emma Mil­ner, Jenelle Witty and Karolina Borkovic.

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