Fear No Mess
Really excited to share the images I just received from this incredible creative collaboration, definitely one of my favorite projects to date! A few other artists and I were invited to a dinner sponsored by method home where we were asked to contribute something to the evening inspired by their fragrance Sea Minerals. It took place in Heather Day's studio, a fantastic setting for the occasion, and the dinner was put together by Studio Table. Heather's work alone was inspiration for me. It has such emotive movement, something I strive to capture in floral design. I pulled some of my favorite imagery from the event which was beautifully captured by Jen Kay. Scroll through for further descriptives of my process and work from the other contributors! For more BTS images from this event, check out my Instagram or browse under #fearnomess.
With Sea Minerals as inspiration, I immediately thought of all the Planet Earth episodes my husband and I have watched together (recently purchased season 2 of PE and are heavily into it). I am so fascinated by the diverse ecosystem that lives in the ocean. I saw Heathers space a week prior to the dinner and knew I wanted to create a suspended installation which mimicked the undulating movement of a sea swell. Since there are not a lot of blue flowers out there, I stuck with neutral tones. Ranunculus, cafe dyed carnations, spray roses, roses, and a lot of photinia, a texture that I think emulates kelp.
For the table scape I wanted it to anything but traditional, yet not too strange or themed. I think with a concept like this it can start to feel contrived quickly if you aren't intentional about keeping it earthy opposed to "Under the Sea". I sourced some really beautiful barnacle, white coral, and small urchins in LA and shipped them to SF. I was the most excited to see how these would end up being incorporated. I gathered these elements in clusters along with lichen and succulents, tucked various sized flower frogs in and affixed flowers to them that I knew would survive well out of water (lady slipper orchids, allium siculum). On each setting were hand dyed and embroidered napkins by Erica Chan of HonestlyWTF and the Heather's inspiration for the evening. These were also limited edition prints we all got to take home!
The dinner was put on by a side project of Heather's called Studio Table. If you are in the San Francisco area, I highly recommend signing up to attend one. They host a dozen strangers to share a meal together (beautifully crafted by world class chef Ben Roche) and intentional conversation led by Studio Table's third partner Micelle Wei, all surrounding a concept which influences the evening. Drawing from Sea Minerals, the 5 course meal was as delicious as it was thoughtfully created. I sincerely am not sure if I will ever have the opportunity to eat that fancy again in my entire life.
In watching all those documentaries about sea life below, I can't help but be inspired by all the tones and shapes of a coral reef. The most bizarre colors exist down there, and as informed by David Attenborough, a lot of sea creatures are color blind. Which is ironically depressing. Anyway, I reallllly wanted to create a coral reef but with flowers. When shopping for this it made me see flowers completely different. A lot of what is out there can pass for some sort of urchin or ocean animal. Here I used bleached moss, muscari, pincushion protea, blue star fern, eucalyptus pods, berzallia, brown sweet pea, celosia, and a few other things but this list is getting exhaustive so I'll stop there.
All images taken by Jen Kay