Thursday, May 28, 2009

Art In Bloom

A few weekends ago I participated in a really cool event called Art In Bloom. It was held at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus. It's an event celebrating the convergence of fine art and flowers. Over 30 of Utah's top floral designers interpreted art objects from the UMFA's collection. I chose a Nez Perce tribe dress made of buckskin and beading. When I went in to pick my art piece, the Native American artifacts drew me in like a laser beam. I think I must have been an indian girl in a past life. I felt so inspired to pick the dress as my art object! My mind instantly started to think up creative ideas for my floral design. I decided to use one of my blue metal containers and fill it with "gathered" type flowers and branches. I wanted it to look like I went up into the mountains and harvested whatever I could find. I actually did do some late night harvesting up City Creek Canyon for loads of sagebrush. The sage was my anchoring design element to my piece. I also used tiger branches, dark blue hybrid delphinium, red ranunculus (to imitate Indian Paintbrush) and used accents of feathers, blue glass beads & suede. It was such a honor to be a part of this event! Everyone's floral designs were so amazing.

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