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Stylist and au­thor Han­nah Read­Bal­drey finds f lo­ral in­spi­ra­tion

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Han­nah Read-Bal­drey’s love of flow­ers

I’ve been in love with flow­ers for as long as I can re­mem­ber, from mak­ing daisy chains as a child to choos­ing the pe­onies and wild­flow­ers for my wed­ding bou­quet. My mother stud­ied botany and her ap­pre­ci­a­tion has well and truly rubbed off on me. I’m con­tin­u­ously amazed by the design, shape and scent of flow­ers, and with each sea­son comes a whole new set of flora. In my lat­est book, Flow­erBomb! (Pavil­ion Books, £14.99), I pay ho­mage to my favourite blooms. As they come in so many dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes, so can the craft form they’re made

I’m con­tin­u­ally amazed by the design, shape and scent of flow­ers

in. I thought about how they’d work as projects – some, such as the spring flow­ers in the Gi­ant Hula Hoop Wreath or the se­quinned flow­ers on the Flower Bomber Jacket, were flow­ers I thought would look great to­gether tonally. With the Rosie skirt, I was in­spired by the mul­ti­ple lay­ers of petals on crim­son roses. I’m still keen to pur­sue lots of my flo­ral ideas – I’d love to try more cook­ing with flow­ers.

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