the art of flow­ers

Cathy Gra­ham in­vites us into her whim­si­cal and colourful world of art and flow­ers

Chic & Country - - In Bloom -

Cathy Gra­ham has spent much of her life around flow­ers, and she has weaved them into vir­tu­ally ev­ery­thing she has done - whether it be by il­lus­tra­tion, sim­ple ar­range­ment or through en­ter­tain­ing. Her life’s work shows off the splen­dour and the sheer ver­sa­til­ity of flow­ers, and her work is char­ac­terised, as she her­self says, with a good dose of whimsy. Her flo­ral de­signs now in­clude linens, plates, lamp­shades, vo­tives, boxes, and wall cover­ings and you will see that her zeal for flow­ers also creeps into her fash­ion il­lus­tra­tions. In her first book, Sec­ond Bloom: Cathy Gra­ham’s Art of the Ta­ble, Cathy al­lows us a sneak peek into how her pas­sion has aided her de­sire to en­ter­tain. By the end of the book, you will feel con­fi­dent enough

to host that din­ner party that you pre­vi­ously didn’t quite feel ready for. The good news is that the flow­ers and dec­o­ra­tions that re­ally turn these par­ties into truly mem­o­rable oc­ca­sions do not need to break the bank, but they do need imag­i­na­tion and a flair for de­sign and de­tail. Cathy’s ex­pe­ri­ence - and that of her co-au­thor Alexis Clark, a for­mer editor of Town & Coun­try - be­come ev­i­dent through the book, as it will be to you when you fol­low through the num­ber of their fea­tured projects. It is true that Cathy’s inim­itable il­lus­tra­tions add a unique touch, but you will gain enough in­spi­ra­tion from the book to be en­cour­aged to fol­low in her foot­steps.

Sec­ond Bloom: Cathy Gra­ham’s Art of the Ta­ble Fore­word by Joanna Coles Pho­tog­ra­phy by Quentin Ba­con & An­drew In­galls Pub­lished by Ven­dome Press

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