Monday, August 1, 2011

Experience This!

It surprises me how inspiration can come from so many different sources. This particular blog post was inspired by recent personal experiences that have left me forever changed.
You may be familiar with this profound quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr:

"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions."

Before I stepped into the floral design world 10+ years ago, the only flower I seemed to notice were the typical grocery store red roses. It didn't take long for me to hit satiation and come to dislike the red rose for its overtly common purposes. At that time, I defined good floral design as any arrangement that displayed color variation in roses. I didn't really consider other botanical components mainly because I was not aware of their existence.

Fast forward a few years, I find myself in a whirlwind of new floral experiences on a weekly basis. If you are familiar with our Facebook fan page, you may have participated in our "Name that Flower" game. This has been a fun way to share my findings with you. Here are a few of them:

Blue Thistle

Gloriosa Lily

Lady Slipper


Coming in contact with each new floral experience is strangely magical for me. For that initial moment, the design possibilities are seemingly endless: What new color palette can I create with this flower? What kind of emotion can I evoke with this textured component? What new conceptual photoshoots can birth from this unique floral element?

As a result, my definition of good floral design is forced to be changed and expanded. The bar of excellence is set higher. And the best part is....I can never go back to the old dimensions of what I thought was great design.

Cheers to new experiences that may forever change you for the better!

Yours truly,


Anonymous said...

An awesome quote for inspiration, gorgeous pictures, accompanied by an amazing writeup... So very cerebral.

Wishing you the best, you deserve it.

Joanna Park said...

Cerebral it is. Many thanks and best wishes to you too.