Where do you go for inspiration?
I am always inspired by the natural world and often find inspiration
in unexpected places. I follow a lot of floral, interior and fashion
designers and try to stay current with trends and apply those to our
designs and the products we carry in the shop.
What structurally hidden things are inside the vase to
keep everything in place, especially with clear vases?
All our arrangements eventually have to travel. We use many
mechanics to keep our stems in place. We swirl sticks in the bottom
of vases, utilize frogs, chicken wire and tape. In 2017, I became a
Chapel Designer and was introduced to Holly Chapple’s “egg and
“pillow.” This reusable cage rests on top of the vase, allowing stems
to stay in place, stay hydrated and is a greener approach to the use
of floral foam.
In composition, what would be one or two beginner tips,
what rules do you follow, what are the elements to choose?
If you think about how the flowers relate to each other and how they
grow in nature, you can’t go wrong. The basic rules of art and com-position
apply to floral arranging and, once you master mechanics,
my best advice is to find your style and have fun.
Fiore Fine Flowers
FLORAL ARRANGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHED
AT THE CAMERON ART MUSEUM
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