In art school I realized that I was "process driven". Which basically means I don't really know exactly what something is going to end up looking like until I just start making it and let the experience of working with the materials guide me. I think this makes sense if you work with flowers. You have to be flexible with flowers. For one, it's live product so you never exactly know how the flowers you order are going to look until they arrive. Two, the flowers always interact with each other in unique ways that you just can't predict until you have them in your hands. I'm always surprised by what ends up being the key element that ties a look together and I love that it's often something that I didn't plan.
You have to plan a lot in this business. I guess you could call it "creative planning". (Sorry, I've been in a quotations mood all week.) You have to design a look in your mind very far in advance and then make a set of predictions about what all you will need to make it months later. I do a lot of it on a spreadsheet which is a little something my younger process driven art student self would not have believed. I mean I waited until my last semester of college to take math - where I remember learning how to do a spreadsheet and feeling SO confident that I would NEVER need to use one in my lifetime. I was however completely confident that threading a loom would prove to be a key life skill. Art school...
Sometimes I can see why my parents were less than thrilled that I was a fiber art major (and French minor - mais oui). But the reality is that I learned a lot studying art that I use constantly. Have I ever threaded a loom again? Lord, no. Do I consider color, texture, line, shape and form on a daily basis? Hell yes. It's key to my "process". (That and spreadsheet wizardry.)
Photos: Rylee Hitchner
Styling: Ginny Au