I hope you had a lovely weekend. Today I’m delighted to feature an interview with florist Lotte Lawson, the very talented lady behind Glasgow-based Lotte & Bloom.
Could you tell us what prompted you to become a florist?
I think it was always something I wanted to do but it just took me a while to find out how to get there.
Before flowers, like many people in their 20s after university, there was a stint in London pursuing various careers, with varying degrees of dissatisfaction as I tried to figure out ‘what I wanted to do’.
I always knew I was creative but I’d never seriously thought about a career using my hands.
I was forever wandering into flower shops and asking the folk that worked there a hundred questions about how they got into it. I loved the smell, the colour and the messy chaos of it all.
I moved from London to Glasgow and pestered the nicest flower shop in the city to give me a job, which was quite lucky really as at the time I had no experience whatsoever.
I was so eager to learn: I swept the floors, conditioned the flowers, got the phones and watched everything like a hawk. I absolutely loved it from the offset.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
After I left the shop I was doing a few weddings for friends and friends of friends on an ad-hoc basis but I went out properly on my own in 2009. I currently work from a garden studio at home.
What kind of floristry services do you offer?
I mostly make flowers for weddings and parties but I love to do bouquets or flowers for other special occasions too.
Could you tell us about some recent commissions?
I’ve recently finished up a beautiful project with a local artist. She was working on a series of paintings based on Dutch still lifes and I made a series of arrangements for her to paint from.
How would you describe your style?
Loose, gardenish and artfully haywire!
What is your favourite flower?
Gosh, the killer question! I’m very disloyal and my affections change constantly.
For work, I love muscari, honesty, dahlias, flowering branches and textural foliage. At home, I love big bunches of daffodils.
What are you plans for 2012?
I want to carry on working with great clients who give me the scope to do wonderfully varied and interesting work.
It’s such a blessing to be able to make a living working with flowers and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
(Images : Lotte & Bloom)