By Jill Brooke
It’s #Americanflowersweek started by Debra Prinzing so we are going to showcase some fab American designers who bring joy through flowers and their creativity.
Upon reflection, thought that we would show you more of the florists from the North Carolina Museum of Art event that took place this month.
They are American artists who interpreted the museum’s paintings in such inspired ways. After all, why not match a hallway painting or bedroom display with a floral arrangement that complements the visual artistry and in fact, amplifies it.
One of the trends we noticed is that many floral artists are using more than one vase in a display to such great effect like these following examples.
My favorite was Amy Wurster of Poppy Belle Floral Design. She was inspired by Formulation: Articulation, Folio I/15, by Josef Albers. The German artist headed Yale University’s department of design and is considered one of the ost influential teachers of the visual arts in the twentieth century. Don’t you love how she used similar vases and then just put in different shaped flowers to match the rectangular designs of Albers?
It felt like the perfect interpretation for a modern design.
We also liked the work of Angela Martin of Oak and Dahlia Floral Design This was inspired by Toy Pieta, by Scott Avett.
But the same concept can be applied to traditional paintings or sculptures as well.
Here Sofia Sanchez of Santall Design clustered flowers for her interpretation of Pair of Torah Finials, Torah Shield, and Torah Pointer. Notice how she used tall lilies and delphiniums to match the height of the scrolls and large puff ball hydrangeas to illustrate the silver balls.
And then Pamela Reynolds of Flower Hive Designs transformed the overall feeling of Bust of a Woman, by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. Thoe peach and pink-toned roses were so soft and pretty and the white stocks were so creamy.
Furthermore, Gene Jackson, of The English Garden took a traditional painting called The Oddie Children, by Sir William Beechey and found vases that complemented so well. Glad he used greenery for the right hand height because otherwise it would have been too busy.
Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD and floral editor for aspire design and home magazine