Holly Carlisle is an incredible Floral Artist in the Birmingham area. We love this creative piece that Mandy Busby photographed of Holly in her element. Here are a few thoughts that Holly shared with Mandy during their time together.
1. What drew you into this/why do you love it?
I think I love working with flowers because they are alive. They have a real lifespan – part of which is their time spent with me. I find that fact kind of fascinating. I love how they are constantly changing – opening and closing, their necks rising and falling. I suppose I feel a sense of responsibility to them. They come to me to live out their best and last days and I feel like my role is to place them as artfully as I can so that their beauty can be most truly beheld and appreciated.
2. How do you gain creative inspiration?
Great question and hard to answer. I think my greatest source of inspiration, the one I come back to over and over, is the Japanese aesthetic. I like how, for instance in Japanese Tea Ceremony, every single object or method used or not used is tied to a single purpose. Nothing is meaningless. Everything is intentional. I try to remember this when I make flowers. They are all connected – even the ones I choose not to use.
Anything you would want people to know about your craft?
I had no idea how much time florists spent plotting and planning when I started doing flowers. There is a huge part of the job that is very strategic and organized. I swear I only spend about 20% of my time actually arranging flowers. But that’s ok. I’ve learned to love the front end design work. If I’ve planned things well, I have created a space where I can really thrive artistically when it comes time to get out my clippers and get real.
Photography : Mandy Busby Creative