I hope you had a lovely weekend…
You may remember that last Monday I featured some images of the Private View of Floriculture at the Garden Museum?
Well, the lady responsible for creating the amazing floral installation there was floral artist Rebecca Louise Law, who I’m delighted to feature today.
Could you tell us about your background in the floristry world?
How did you become a floral artist?
I studied Fine Art at university and used flowers as my subject and material.
After university, I decided that if I was to continue to use flowers as my medium in my art, it was important to understand the flower industry.
The floristry world is incredibly intense. I learnt so many skills and not just with flowers but time, budgets and management.
I loved my job and I loved the speed of creating. Florists work so hard and never tire of making beautiful work only for it to die within the week.
I became senior floral designer for McQueens and I maintained this position for four years. I began to get comfortable with my contracts and I established a healthy routine.
Naturally I craved a new challenge and knew that it was time to go back to my art.
So, I left the security of a salary, set up a studio and slowly started making my own art again.
Most of my early work was paintings and public art that I made with waste flowers that I collected from florists I knew.
This developed into larger installations and now I am continually creating floral installations for exhibitions and events.
Where are you based?
Hackney Road in London.
Could you tell us about some of your recent art installations and floral commissions?
In the past year, I’ve made installations in the Royal Opera House, Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Arcade, Royal Geographical Society and Westminster Abbey.
Recently I exhibited at the Garden Museum for an exhibition called ‘Floriculture’.
Could you tell us about your private floristry lessons?
I teach one-to-one lessons bespoke to the needs of the pupil. The classes vary from half day to two week courses.
In my lessons I teach painting, sculpture, drawing, floral installation art and floristry.
What are your plans for 2013?
What is your favourite flower?
Many thanks to Rebecca for all her help in compiling today’s blog post. I love the scale and intricacy of her floral designs…
If you’d like to see more of her stunning creations, do pop over to her website.
(Images : Rebecca Louise Law, Nicola Tree)