Flower Magazine

MAY-JUN 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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30 | M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 9 FRESH STYLE I art All of your collections sell out. Have you been surprised by the popularity of your work? I'm indebted to people like Alison Hangen, a woman I met working in restaurants. She knew many aspiring artists working in the hospitality business, so she started a group called Arts in the Industry and organized a show in October of 2016 where she encouraged me to exhibit my work. I thought, This is going to be so embarrassing, but my pieces sold out. I thought, OK, I guess I should try making this a business. I learned quickly that you can't be an artist by yourself. You need the help of your community. I also learned that you don't have to have everything figured out all at once. Tell us how you go about making a new piece. I start with clay. I spend a few hours just massaging it, so that it's soft but firm. That's my favorite part; it's when I clear my head. After it's very smooth, I'll touch a flower to see how it presses inside. I lay the flowers out first to see how they're going to be pressed—you have to see it in reverse. Then I press the flowers in the clay. Once I get a flower out, I frame the clay with a wood frame and fill the outer edges in concrete and use my color mix. This sounds very Zen but also tedious! How long does it take to remove the flowers from the clay? It took a lot of broken pieces and a lot of disappointment in the beginning, but you have to do the trial and error to develop. The hardest part is getting the flowers out. Something like Queen Anne's lace can take me a week to remove. Needless to say, I have great tweezers. Any favorite flowers you love to work with? I like CLOCKWISE FROM BELOW: Robinson with a bouquet ready to take back to her studio • A close-up shot reveals the detail and nuance of every Ron Nicole piece. • Robinson puts the finishing touches on a larger work.

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