The pandemic changed everything for me. In March 2020 I was working entirely in wedding and event floristry and when the pandemic came my entire calendar emptied, it was really scary. For those first few months I felt completely lost as to what to do. When I felt ready I would go to my studio and just start making little floral sculptures with the dried flowers I had or I would forage flowers. I then started to photograph what I created, I brought a new camera and that new creative element just kept me going.
In the early stages of the pandemic fresh flowers were harder to source and I had literally no money after paying rent and bills. This time was definitely the start of working more with dried flowers in a whole new way. Dried flowers meant I could hold stock and I could take my time over my creations. I also loved documenting the decay of fresh flowers, the beauty of them as they dried and this really fascinated me. The camera created interesting images. Flowers are only seen as “beautiful" when they are perfectly open, perfectly straight and perfectly placed and that's just not true. Flowers or any botanical have much longer life than this and I believe this should be celebrated.
What I’ve learnt from the pandemic is to focus more on your genuine passions. Chasing jobs you think you should have because it's a big name or brand doesn’t mean success. Success comes from a love of what you do, a work life balance and success like this shows in the work you produce.