Guys, I am so excited to share this with you! Everu two years the most delicious coffeetable book is released, featuring the sculptural botanical works of hundreds of floral designers from all over the world.
These botanical jellyfish, were captured by photo phenom Katie Alexis, after a day's long effort to create the perfect environment for the ethereal beauties.
The silverleaf leucadendron foliage ws perfect for creating movement and reflectivity. The dried brussel sprout stalks added texture, pattern and repetition to the composition.
already scheming ideas for the 2020-2021 Edition! Stay tuned...
As I rounded out my first season being a Leader for the weekly fresh flower arrangements at the DIA, I want to share some of my favorite designs from this spring.
I try and pick a color palette that's in season, sourcing flowers from our two amazing local wholesale houses, Mayesh Detroit and Nordlie Warren. Both have awesome flowers in their coolers daily, and give me access to the highest quality imported flowers as well.
This design had a flair for the Eastern. Chinese lanterns, bi-color chrysanthemums, and oriental lilies on a structure of bamboo,
Such a moody palette! I wanted to combined some really unsaturated tones with some overly saturated ones and this was the result. The pale, ginormous allium schubertii grounded the whole design and opened nicely over the course of the week.
These pieces were designed in an uplifting feminine palette. White, lime and fuchsia, with greyed purple lowlights. Three tones of purple mokara orchids created a fun vibration at the base, repeated by the bounding orbits of Oasis flat cane. The Explosive white agapanthus lift the eye up and out of the design.
This month's tropical efforts featured protea, some amazing specimen variety eucalyptus, monstera leaves and more. The folded flax leaves gave just enough dynamic flair to compete with the trailing burgundy amaranthus.
Flowers sourced from Holland, inspired by Dutch Old Masters paintings. Fritilleria, monkshood, eremerus, amaryllis all come together, framed by flowering quince branches and several textured foliages.
Wintery- Mod design, highly textured flowers, dynamic colors. Unusual suspects such as nerine lilies, bottlebrush protea and amaryllis, used in an unconventional way. Suspended upside down. Why not?
This was the month I tried to design for 'me.' My color range, my style. Nothing but drama. Love it! Orchids, roses, berries and more all mingle with a range of highly textured foliage. Oasis midollino adds a dynamic line to the designs.
I had initially signed up for one week each month, and as the season came to its conclusion, I found there were many openings. So I stepped up! In the month of May, I led the team of designers and assistants from the Friends of Art and Flowers in three different designs. I've really enjoyed my time and making such great connections with my ever-changing team of support designers. I'm really looking forward to the next season and to becoming more involved with the Friends of Art and Flowers, as I take charge of the DIA's holiday decor this year. Best, Laura
Hey guys! So I've got a huge backlog of blog posts to get out, I've been turbo lazy about it and now I'm going to power through them all!
This year, I was asked by the Society of American Florists to give a series of design programs at the travelling One-Day Profit Blast programs they give all over the country each year. Smithers-Oasis, my sponsor, and I worked together to craft a design show that would connect with designers of all ages, and to highlight the major greening initiatives that our industry and namely, Oasis, has adopted in the past few years.
Here's the headline- "OASIS FOAM IS NOW BIODEGRADABLE!!"
I demonstrated how to troubleshoot a common situation we designers encounter with brides and their mothers. Mom wants 'A,' the Bride wants 'Z" and we try and get them to meet in the middle. The mother's dream bouquet was an all white, traditional bouquet. The bride's dream bouquet is a monolith of a cascade in vibrant colors. The compromise bouquet, ideal for both is a loose handtied made on an aluminum mesh armature.
In this program I also speak about cause-based designs, and how finding a local cause celebre to get behind can bump up the profile of your business. My design is the Blue Water Droplet, a piece designed as a fund-raiser for the Flint Water Crisis.
Next stop on the tour is Boston on September 23rd, hope to see you there! <3, Laura
PS, here's a hilarious .gif of my talking with my hands! (Gah, you'd think I was italian or something!)
If there's any one thing I've been missing from Chicago, it might be large-scale designs. The show-stopping kind of focal, statement designs you see at celebrity weddings, for example. I'm sure not missing them anymore!
The Friends of Art and Flowers, sounds just about perfect for me, right? LOL I'd first heard about it when Joseph Massie did his lecture and hands-on workshop for the group- both were fab, naturally. And since joining the auxiliary group this past spring, I've had some great conversations about botany, and design, sculpture and horticulture, the science behind Oasis, discussing our personal design philosophies, and as a leader, imparting our collective experiences and skills to the assistants, so that they can lead in the future.
From our great selection of wholesalers, I procure the highest quality and freshest flowers from the coolers, creating and editing what will ultimately become a harmonious design in my head with the elements on my cart, We process and condition the flowers in our truly well-stocked workspace, and the next day we design live on the floor of the museum.
Here's my very first piece!
The design featured two kinds of protea, possibly my favorite genus of flowers, both banksia and baby peach mink were prominent in the design, backed up by hydrangea and hypericum, with ornithogalum , rising high above to balance the wrought backdrop of the sandblasted manzanita branches. All the flowers were procured from Mayesh Detroit.
I'm super busy elfing it up this week (that means putting up Christmas decor for you non-industry people LOL) but I will post my two other weeks of sculptural large scale floral designs I've created at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
Holey moley, guys! Fall is whipping on by and I just finally got my winter wreaths for this year up on Etsy! I'll be making lots of new shapes and sizes this season, they make great gifts for friends and family far away. I ship anywhere in the US. Click here to check them out.
Or, if you're feeling crafty, sign up for my hands-on workshop at the Ann Arbor Art Center on December 3rd. There's only a few spots left, so if you want to make a glam, blinged out wreath, or an earthy woodlands wreath, or a totally boho wreath- it's up to you!