An August day with two ladies who love flowers and wanted to learn some arranging tips and tricks and Cate Pickens taking lush photos.
Pro pics from Patron's Secret Dining Society event in Indianapolis. I really, really like nice pictures of food and beverages. It's also gratifying to see evidence that our event design and all of our obsessive detailing really do set a mood and create environment (my two favorite challenges- mood and environment). This was a totally empty penthouse we decked out with lots of bright party blooms, naturally textured linens, a few interesting furniture elements, lots of candlelight and botanical life everywhere. Photos: Sean Paul Franget
Ideation. Big picture design plan and detailing. Teamwork. Pics below by the dear Rana Salame
The logistics of larger scale floral pieces are a little dilemma for me. Time to set up and accomplish all of the detailing we love to do is always a factor, so constructing as much as possible in advance can be a huge advantage. On the other hand, large scale pieces take a ton of room to transport and sometimes I feel like designs aren't articulated as gracefully or powerfully as they can be when they are pulled together on site at the last minute. Sometimes I make a giant arrangement halfway in the studio and finish on site. (We have also been trying to get better at documenting the process of floral art and install. Pics below by my dear Rana Salame.) I just want to like my work. Every time a project nears completion I am already critiquing the outcome, feeling like I'm failing and trying to make mental notes about how to be better, how to do meaningful work, how to be a better person.
I love working in our space. The changing light and the open space make the creative process fluid. I really need space to make, space to be messy, but I can't stand messes. I can't stand seeing something ugly in my working space. It's absurd. Trying to learn how to be. Trying to implement processes. Strategy and Framework. Every weird tool needs a permanent home so I can feel sane but I need to disrupt the pattern in order to make. Practically, this has meant creating dedicated spaces for every last thing and hiring someone to provide "recovery" after I tornado through. That's great but I'm still a collector of important things: interesting sticks, dead bees and moths, silver plated champagne buckets with "Ray and Charlene, 1972" etched on the side between scrolling handles. Where are the freaking dedicated spaces for dead bees?
The look for Alyssa and Kahlil's wedding a couple of weeks ago was a little influenced by a 1920's sort of aesthetic and a color palette that Alyssa requested in the tones of a sunset or a cut plum. Clearly if I had not fallen for her genuine sweetness, I would have fallen for these requests. Both the bride and groom have an affinity for orchids, as do I. Diane helped create the tall arching palm arrangements for the guest tables and Shelle tied little snips of pretty foliage with silk ribbons to accent every place setting. The colors and textures melted me.
Yesterday's editorial shoot left the studio full of the usual event aftermath; piles of dirty buckets, mixed boxes of candles, linens, ribbons and vases. Some of the flowers were really damaged from excessive handling while being photographed, but some returned in beautiful condition. We cleaned in the morning, had appointments all afternoon and in the late afternoon I practiced taking pictures. (Taking pictures sounds less intimidating to me than "photography"). We have so much beauty and light around the studio that this year I made a goal to learn just enough about the camera to capture some of the beauty from time to time.
Yesterday I was preparing for a photo shoot and Mr. Campbell was working on his latest series of paintings. We played around for a while taking portraits, several of which are unsuitable for posting.
The light in the studio means so much to us. The light shifts from warm afternoon to the golden hour, to dusk, when it becomes a tangible thing; a fine mist that falls and envelopes everything in the studio.