What makes you and your work unique:
As well as being a florist I work as a stylist too. Taking ownership of the overall look and feel of an event is quite special for my clients, and by bringing my kitchen-garden-plant knowledge background together with floral, I aim to form an original look.
Tell us about your work and your floral style or how you use flowers or foliage in your creative work:
My work has a natural feeling to it, I like my flowers to be as honest as possible, I love a stem that isn’t straight. With wedding installations I want my floral work to fit in with it’s background, and depending on the venue, make the florals seem like they have been growing there the whole time. I enjoy using foliage in the same respect as a flower and lately I have had a strong affinity with using branches in my work for their structural and minimalist beauty. I love to forage and believe it’s important to bring in a piece of the season as plants that are foraged you just cannot buy.
Tell us about your work space, what you like most about it, why it works for you:
At the moment my studio is in central Tauranga. I sound like such a practical nerd but the thing I most like about it is that it’s huge, and we can work on larger events (or more than one on one day) and spread out. It lends itself well to hosting giant branches and props!
Any flower dreams or aspirations you would like to share:
Apart from a piece of land with it’s own forest, garden, water lily pond and full time gardener?….. To be flown to Europe with my team to work on a wedding in a castle.
All time favourite types of flowers and/foliage and why you love them: Daphne, garden roses, camelia and dahlias – because they remind me of my Nan.
Rules or words you live by… If you want something, make time for it and make it happen.
Which season do you find the most romantic and why?
Winter – the chance to style weddings with darker flowers, lots of textures and candlelight evokes a romantic mood.
Most underrated/best value flower? Carnations.
Any artists, musicians, writers etc who influence your practice? Wes Anderson, Constance Spry, Lorde,
Was there a person or experience that first turned you on to flowers?
My Nan was without the doubt the most influential person. As a child I spent a lot of time with her when my parents worked, and she probably subliminally installed her love of gardening, growing food and arranging flowers on me. I grew up surrounded by that life that everyone dreams of having; an orchard, bush, animals, an acre of garden to get lost in with my cousins. She taught me botanical names, taught me to play with flowers (and I was always allowed to pick, no bloom was off limits!) taught me to cook with plants and use plants as medicine. It was all very basic to her and just what you did, and now those values are fundamental to my personality and everything I do.
What did you do before floral design?
I spent 9 years in the hospitality industry working in all areas and birthed two boys.
Whose wedding or what event would you most like to work on?
When they grow up and find someone to marry, my sons George and Hunter.