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Verge Events Features Studio Flora Diva

Posted on: August 26th, 2018 by Lauryn Higgins No Comments

Hannah and Evan’s wedding was a dream. From the invitations to the dress, no detail was left out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The couple wed in Asheville, NC and you can see their big day on Verge Events.

Art in Bloom at The Gallery at Flat Rock

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by Lauryn Higgins No Comments

Sometimes the universe takes care of you in unexpected ways.  Last year I participated in an Art in Bloom event at The Gallery at Flat Rock. The piece I choose for floral interpretation was a very compelling black and white photo, “Blown Away”.  When doing this type of project the fun part, (for me at least!) is coming up with a design that represents the art, yet is not literal. I also like to provoke discussion.  Art is subjective, so some viewers often form opinions of floral designs, (I like this/don’t like this) based on personal taste, as opposed to design principles. I like to shake it up and challenge the viewer, which is why the design is very contemporary, with minimal, yet specific use of flowers.

Because I had to work, the piece was installed in the gallery with the photograph, and I left, unable to attend the preview party.  I was told that Sharon Lee, the photographer was extremely ill, and possibly unable to attend the show as well.  This was sad news as I really wanted to meet her.  The next morning Suzanne gave me a call with the news that during the party, someone inadvertently bumped into my design, and it smashed on the floor.  (My heart went out to Suzanne, as that must have been a difficult call to make!) At that juncture, I made the  the decision that sometimes art is indeed transient, and stuff just happens….all will be well!

I received an email from Suzanne recently, letting me know that WNC Magazine is featuring Art in Bloom at The Gallery At Flat Rock as the top thing to do this coming Memorial Weekend, and that Melissa Reardon from the magazine chose the photo of my piece for the article!! Wow. She also shared the sad news that Sharon Lee,  the photographer has passed away.  I am so deeply moved to think that my design and that amazing photograph will be featured in such a special way! I hope Sharon is looking down and is as honored as I am!

2018 Rose Parade Festivities

Posted on: January 29th, 2018 by Lauryn Higgins 2 Comments

On the first day of every year, spectators and fans line the streets of Orange Grove Boulevard in California to watch the Tournament of Rose Parade.   This year I had the honor of working on a very important and very special float. To quote their website: “Donate Life America is a nonprofit organization increasing the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives through transplantation while developing a culture where donation is embraced as a fundamental human responsibility.”

A noble cause indeed!

Donate Life has been a part of the Tournament of Roses Parade for the last 15 years. Donor families and organ/tissue recipients come together each year and volunteer to help with the decoration of the float. The float becomes a moving natural memorial honoring those who have passed, as well as a celebration of life for those who received an organ/tissue donation. This year, portraits of the deceased donors were created out of caraway seeds, sesame seeds, crushed walnuts and other seeds, and were  placed on the Mayan calendar wheel. (Every decoration on a Tournament of Roses Float MUST be constructed of natural materials!) The families come every year to connect with each other, share memories, support each other, and participate in the float creation.  Each of the orange roses on the center deck of the float were placed by donor and recipient families and have a message or a wish attached to them.  After the float is completed, chairs are set up and the families gather for a ceremony of remembrance and love. I used quite a few tissues…

It truly was a moving experience for me. To be able to use my gifts to help create something of such meaning was an honor. And I met so many amazing, delightful and generous families!

It was a delightful experience working for Paradiso Parade Floats! The genius behind the float was Paradiso’s creative director Charlie Meier. Under Charlie’s direction, Paradiso had four floats in the parade and won the top four awards!  This float “newbie” was blown away…!!

 

A GATSBY AFFAIR AT STUDIOWED ASHEVILLE

Posted on: February 20th, 2014 by Beth No Comments

Gatsby inspired floral design
StudioWed Asheville and Weddings Unveiled hosted a Gatsby style soiree at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville Biltmore this past August. Studio Flora Diva designed the flowers and decor for the party. See all of the images here!