Foraging and envisioning a new life for found fragments of nature requires observation at its most elemental... what new ways of observing have come up during this heightened time?
The last two months have really shown me just how much flowers can make such a difference in one's everyday life. While flower markets were closed for weeks, we still had people inquiring about contactless flower deliveries. Our solution was to mindfully forage, cut from our gardens, and source flowers from small micro growers in Los Angeles. LA in the spring is so beautiful and abundant — it's really one of my favorite places to be.
I’ve been drawn to bright and vibrant spring colors- the yellow of wild mustard and Spanish broom- which are both invasive here in LA , and therefor good to uproot and repurpose- pastel blue plumbago, lavender mallow, bright orange and yellow nasturtium flowers. flowers. While these aren't new observations for me, they are not commonly used in arrangements and they all have a lightness that has brought a lot of cheer to the people receiving them; explosions of wild grasses and color have been the textures and feelings of spring that most of us are connecting with, and there is something really special about a large bundle of wildflowers that you can't normally get at any market.
The silver lining to everything that's going on right now in the world and to not having access to the flower market has been an ever-expanding makeshift garden all over my apartment building; being resourceful feels empowering and also calming. I have finally been planting a lot of plants I've had leftover from work: roses, fuchsia, papyrus, hollyhock, passion vine, geranium, and orchids. It's been such a therapeutic and exciting project, and I am so thrilled to get to share this with others as we use these flowers in our deliveries. What's better than garden-grown flowers?
Leaning into the organic textures, shapes, and bends of flora seems like it's at the core of your designs of wabi-sabi theory; I'm curious if you see any parallels between this and your own relationship with embracing, resisting, or regarding imperfection on a more personal level?
My practice has really helped me consider and appreciate the creative process in general, which is of course inextricable from imperfection; the lessons I've learned in this realm have certainly bled into my personal life. There's nothing more that I love than using dry and strange, imperfect materials, casual arrangements that feel sublimely elegant in their haphazardness and mess; embracing things "as they are" creatively and aesthetically has also helped me do so in my personal life. I've definitely learned to accept the messy process of being human, making mistakes, enjoying the time it takes to "figure things out" rather than wishing it were different or easier or more clear cut.
In general, the process of having a business has taught me quite a bit about patience; so many things take time, energy which is finite, resources; it's been a process of learning to let go of expectations and embrace the challenges that come my way (and maybe this parallels the idea or expectation that arrangements ought to be "perfect", that flowers should last a long time (most don't), that they shouldn't reference where they came from by having a bug or a dried bit).