My interest in the garden and plants has grown steadily over the last decade and along with foraging locally and sustainably, I also grow lots of varieties in my garden that I know will dry well for use later on in my studio.
One of the main draws to dried flowers is nurturing the complete cycle of a plant. From a tiny seed, it is nourished and tended, to bloom in to a beautiful flower, only to be deemed ‘rubbish’ beyond this point, but there is undeniable beauty to be enjoyed far beyond this moment and I cannot resist saving stems that would only go to landfill. I am highly intrigued about the paradox of beauty in death and dried flowers are an incredible example of that.
My dried flower work originated from an idea that I could preserve bridal bouquets, to savour the day and create an everlasting memory beyond a photo for the bride (& groom) to kee. This idea took off and I still preserve many bouquets to this day. If you’re interested in finding out more about this, follow the link below, I’d love to work with your flowers.
Other projects I’ve worked with dried flowers over the years include pre arranged bunches, hoops and wreaths from tiny to extra large and everything in between. Complete wedding outfitting including flower crowns, bouquets and buttonholes along with table and venue decor. I’ve enjoyed all of these projects but my true passion when it comes to dried blooms is working them into other pieces of art. My most recent collection ‘Beautiful Rain’ is a wonderful example of fusing dried flowers with textile and embroidery work and can be viewed below.
I hope to return to work combining the practise of ethical taxidermy with dried flowers in the future to create romantic and thought provoking ethereal pieces of art. Read more about the 17th century Dutch oil painting inspired shoot I was part of by following the link below!