What are your absolute favorite tools to use?
I have 2 scissors that I use for pretty much everything. My main squeeze (no pun intended) is my Fiskar Micro Tip East Action Sheers and my Joyce Chen shears that cut paper but also cuts the wires. Using scissors that spring apart was a game changer for my achey wrists.
What type of flower do you love making the most?
Ranunculus! There are so many varieties, sizes, simplicity or complexity to these flowers that they really give you a lot of options for putting bouquets or arrangements together. Not to mention alllll the beautiful colors they can be.
What advice could you give to someone just starting out?
My advice would be to, be prepared that you’re going to make a LOT of ugly flowers. It’s inevitable, and you can’t get down on yourself for too long or become discouraged because through all those less than perfect flowers you make, you are constantly teaching yourself new techniques that you can’t learn until you try! There’s no one way to make flowers even if you’re following a step by step guide, have fun and make it your own!
What is your studio work space like? Do you love it organized or it more chaos?
I work in a few different spaces but the one thing they all have in common is that they’re typically a complete disaster and they have a lot of natural light. I use Design Master sprays for most of my flowers and there’s a delicate balance of spraying too much and ruining a flower, and if I don’t have good light to see what I’m doing I’m going to destroy my work.
What are your favorite colors to work with?
Anything with dusty and muted tones are my jam!
What is the last thing you celebrated in your paper florist journey?
Being able to do work for a couple NYC trade shows was definitely a very exciting accomplishment and an incredibly intensive few work weeks to put together. And getting more lovely brides to hire me for their weddings has been a never ending honor.
Do you prefer to create a more realistic rendition or do you like to add whimsy to your flowers?
Since I also work with live florals and greenery, I love to have my flowers blend in with their surroundings and keep them looking as realistic as I possibly can. “Paper or live? Keep ‘em guessing” is what I like to go by.
What is the best part about where you live right now?
I’m in central New Jersey (don’t let anyone tell you there isn’t a central Jersey) and work a lot out of Asbury Park which has a great community for makers. I’m also about an hour out of the city and a few hours away from some of my favorite places in Upstate NY and I love a lil road trip.
What really gets you in the flow and excited to create flowers?
I try to surround my self with any and all things flowers and nature. I’m always researching and following all sorts of florists and wedding inspirations that suddenly something will stick out to me and I’ll need to put it together immediately! Sometimes it’s been something as small as a tiny hidden flower that will spark a whole idea for me. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some incredible clients that trust me and give me a lot of freedom to create something special for them in that way.
What do you do while you make flowers? Watch tv, listen to music or podcasts? Do tell all the details!
I wish I could give this a more romantic and interesting answer but I love to work with a white noise while I work on just flowers. Which for me, comes in the form of tv shows that I’ve watched a million times! If I’m working on arrangements or bouquets then it has to be some up beat music. A good way to know I’ve been making a lot of pieces is seeing a lot of Daddy Yankee and J Balvin being played on my Spotify HA
What are you most grateful for in your life right now?
Being able to have to opportunity to figure this artist, floral world out. I have never loved something more than this and to make it a more stable career is what I’m constantly striving towards.
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