Another floral design book has hit the shelves, and it’s a beauty. Dripping with the most stunning images by husband and wife duo, Gemma Ingalls and Andrew Ingalls, IN FULL FLOWER: INSPIRED DESIGNS BY FLORAL’S NEW CREATIVES celebrates some of the most influential floral designers working today—Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua, Kristen Caissic of Moon Canyon, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Nicolette Camille of Nicolette Owen—to name a few.
This book celebrates a new wave in contemporary floral design in the States and around the globe, featuring twenty-one floral ‘artists’ who combine traditional techniques with an organic, free-form, “back-to-nature” style.
Gorgeous photographs depict the featured floral designers’ process as well as final designs, and we get a look inside some of their homes, and the gardens of those who grow their own flowers.
The words take us on the journey of these artists, their history, their floral beginnings and their philosophies on working in this medium. It’s incredibly inspiring and significant for floral design as art. The work of these artists and their popularity on social media is driving refreshing floristry everywhere.
But at the heart of it all is the wonder of working with nature and the effect that has on the artist, the customer, the grower.
Jill Rizzo and Alethea Harampolis of San Francisco’s Studio Choo said in the book: ”Every stem’s shape is unique and one bloom might fade faster than the next…..Creating an arrangement is like the perfect combination of painting and sculpture.”
Holly Carlisle says her work is about paying a deep, abiding respect to the blooms that changed the course of her life and career. “I feel it’s my responsibility to reveal the flowers at the most beautiful point in their lifespan, which usually happens to be the most open and fragile.”
And Erin Benzakein, farmer florist of Floret Flower beautifully sums up the the capabilities of flowers: “I am constantly amazed at how they tap into our deepest emotions. They create joy, provide comfort, inspire happiness and stir nostalgia. The healing that can come from the simple act of growing, sharing or receiving flowers is really remarkable.”
© In Full Flower by Gemma Ingalls and Andrew Ingalls, Rizzoli New York,
2017. Images © Ingalls Photography
ISBN: 978-0-8478-5869-9 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: April 2017