I've casually worked through the winter on my floral project in part to stay active, part for study, part for conversation, experiment, and community. At the core is a pedagogical belief that activity and practice make the practicioner; the person becomes through their engagement and activity.
Although I can make a list of what this work has inspired in me - new plant interests, ideas on "ways of being" in the garden, an extensive development of the vocabulary to speak of floral art, etc - perhaps most strongly is a freshly ordered sense of nature and its duration. For three months now I've had cut
material at my fingertips dialy. From the white Lisanthus I used at Christmas, through the post-holiday coniferous greens, the Quince branches gifted by Ferncroft, my first Ranunculus, and the harvesting of my own branches, Spiraea to Lilac - each day brings some change or motion as buds swell, open, brown, and fall.
And so this morning when I caught this silk bouquet out of the corner of my eye, an uncanny terror bloomed. Its only just this morning that I recognized its never changed.
9/1/2022 04:12:17 pm
Very good sir, i love to read your blog
9/1/2022 05:07:26 pm
At the core is a pedagogical belief that activity and practice make the practicioner; the person becomes through their engagement and activity. Thank you for the beautiful post!
3/19/2023 10:05:59 pm
This post on the winter floral project and the use of silk flowers is a fascinating read. The author's observations on the uncanny valley and the psychology behind it are thought-provoking and add a unique dimension to the discussion. The winter floral arrangement created using silk flowers is beautiful and a testament to the versatility of this material in creating stunning and long-lasting floral displays.
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