Hey Lucy, tell us about your work and your floral style or how you use flowers or foliage in your creative work:
I love to use colour, I use a lot of soft warm tones and a lot of pastel. I am really drawn to ethereal dream like imagery so I guess this reflects in my floral work.
I’ve had a particular love for dried flora and foliage for quite some time now. Admiring the everlasting beauty of how some flowers dry I often find them even more beautiful. Finally, I had an opportunity this year to create using my dried delights in a beautiful styled shoot, of which is now becoming my signature touch.
Gypsy West of The Vase is based in Arrowtown in the South Island of New Zealand. A Mother and a Florist, she spends her days foraging and creating with her darling two-year-old daughter in tow. These miniature dried creations are some of her winter works, it’s harder to source fresh florals in the South during the winter months and the climate can be bitterly cold. A perfect example of resourceful creativity.
Florals are such a big part of Together Journal and we are so lucky to work with some of the best creatives in the industry. Our Flora Fashion editorial for issue 8 was shot in Autumn and flowered by Sue Cameron at Floral Stylist. Our friends Simon and Sophia at Bayly & Moore were our photographers for this editorial.
Choosing to honour the Dutch Golden Age of painting, we took inspiration from the elegant and meticulous floral works of Willem van Aelst for this feature. Changing the medium from painting to photography and softening the colours and contrast allows for a contemporary approach to a timeless still life composition. Feature as seen in issue seven of Together Journal.