The next florist taking part in this year’s British Flowers Week 2019 campaign and exhibiting at the Garden Museum in London is Worm, run by Katie Smyth and Terri Chandler.
It was such a pleasure to meet Terri for the first time at the Garden Museum this week. And to hear her thoughts on sustainability when she was on the panel at the Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design event on Tuesday evening.
Terri and Katie started Worm in 2016 in East London. They began as a book and flower bunch delivery service. But have since spread their wings and now design flowers for occasions, print and conceptual projects.
The duo both grew up in Catholic homes on the coast of Southern Ireland. And their earliest memories of flowers were picking them from the garden to make May altars as children.
Katie said: “When Terri and I sat down to talk about our earliest flower memories, we discovered that we had both gone a little crazy with our Marian garden devotions in the month of May. At a time when our friends were barely out of the sandpit, we were propelled to the bottom of our respective gardens – Terri in County Cork and Katie in Chapelizod, Dublin – pushing aside hanging washing and gathering arms of blossom, grasses and May flowers to furnish our fantasy ‘home altars’.”
“We may have been short on rosaries. But we had plenty of roses and imagination. Now we find ourselves creating an altar in the beautiful Garden Museum, a former church also dedicated to Mary, as part of our celebration of British flowers.”
“Our home altar is now a moulded rock, adorned with flowers and grasses. And crowned with a domestic Georgian tumbler, a kind of glass chalice resting on a a cloth of Irish linen.”
“The folds of washing have now become spirit flags, referencing the ‘spirit flags’ found in Mexico and the Himalayas. Each has been hand-stained by our collaborator, the photographer and artist, Kristin Perers.”
“The flag colours reflect the way a flower changes from root to stem to petal. And echo the transitions that take place in the landscape as the natural world goes through its life cycle. Hanging across the threshold, these ‘flags’ act both as a ritual offering to our nature altar, as well as a celebration of the high summer palette of colours we’re using.”
Scroll down for lots more photos of Terri and Katie’s stunning installation…
I absolutely adored Terri and Katie’s design! And I hope you’ve enjoyed looking through the photographs too. If you’d like to see more of their work, simply head over to the Worm website. And you may also like to buy a copy of their debut book, ‘Wreaths: Fresh, Foraged & Dried Floral Arrangements‘.*
Worm’s installation, together with Rowan Blossom‘s and the other three designs for British Flowers Week 2019, is on display at the Garden Museum until this Sunday, 16th June. And I highly recommend a visit!
(Images: Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)