Spring Racing Carnival Floral Fantasia

With the spring racing carnival upon us what better time than to explore the world of fashionable head gear incorporating fresh flowers? Frida Kahlo was a front runner in this department with her simple yet effective use of flowers in her hair to achieve maximum wow factor.

Take a ‘leaf’ (or flower) out of these design ideas below and make a splash at the races this season…

Pretty in Pink

Carnations, hydrangea, pepper berry, roses…pretty enough to eat it!

pink floral headpiece   fresh floral headpiece

A Little Avant-Garde

Stand out from the crowd with these avant-garde style statement pieces. Fluffy chrysanthemums, gerbera daisies, roses and orchids… Rich, jewel like colours, veils and bold make up make these absolute race day show stoppers!

flowers in hair avant garde floral headpiecepink floral headpiece

Haute Couture Race Hats

Okay, the mask may be a little over the top for race day, but the exquisite incorporation of orchid blooms onto this headpiece is a standout. As are the blown roses in this ensemble designed by Philip Treacy for McQueen.

floral headpiece    Philip Treacy headpiece

Fashion Forward Frida Kahlo

Braid and loop your hair up off your face and rock those flowers with attitude. Make it bold from the blooms to the jewellery, the make up and clothing.

Frida Kahlofrida style hairpieceFloral crown

Mother Nature Hat Goddesses

Go green using succulents, twigs, roses, berries and interesting foliage…

floral race hat floral headpiece using succulents

One Flower En-Masse – One Big Statement

A dome of babies breath? I think Audrey Hepburn might have approved of this one.

babies breath race wear

These floral headpieces are pure works of art. Collaborate with Flowers for Everyone and your favourite milliner to create something that will turn heads and attract butterflies (okay, and maybe bees) this Spring Racing Carnival.

Photo sources: See Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/innovative-floral-headwear/

Attention Budding Botanical Artists!

Did you know it can easily take more than 50 hours to complete a relatively small botanical art drawing or painting? That’s intense.

Why bother spending so many hours drawing a rose in such exacting botanical detail when one can use their iphone to take a photo of it (then use cool filters on Instagram to make it look even ‘better’)?

In a society that is all about rapid gratification, focusing our mind’s eye on the small details of a flower stem or single leaf can invoke a zen-like meditative quality.

Furthermore, the sheer intensity of analysing and honouring an object from nature in a drawing of botanical perfection is often said to create a unique ‘bond’ between the artist and their subject.

victorian botanical art    Peony fine art watercolour print     japanese botanical art

Botanical Art v Floral Art

Contemporary botanical art is often described as having a dual focus: science and art.

The ‘challenge’ of botanical art compared to simply ‘floral art’ however, is that it requires a ‘dedication to acquiring knowledge about plant forms and the delicacy of their structure and their life cycles, as well as developing techniques in a variety of media used in the aesthetic representation of this knowledge’. (1)

botanical art - rose    succulent    heliconia

Botanical Art: Getting Started

magnolia by Georg Dionysus Ehret
MAGNOLIA drawing, Georg Dionysus Ehret, 1743. Museum no. D.583-1886. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Formal definitions aside. A careful study of plants is essential in botanical art. The chosen subject has to be accurately sketched with precision so the genus and species are clear, yet also display an appealing composition. Typically the subject is drawn against a blank backdrop, using the likes of graphite, watercolour, coloured pencil, pen and ink.

Keen to have a go? Check out our list of  inspiration and resources below…

Contemporary botanical artists are often influenced by 18th-century masters such as Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Georg Dionysius Ehret.

Pierre Joseph Redoute
Botanical painting by famous Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redoute

Books worth referring to for inspiration are:

The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martyn Rix

The Illustrated Herbal by plant historian Wilfred Blunt, with Sandra Raphael, a study of the development of herbals, their decorative, botanical   and medicinal interest.

The Art of Botanical Painting by Margaret Stevens, published in association with the Society of Botanical Artists.

The Catalogue of Botanical Prints and Drawings from the National Museums of Wales by MH Lazarus, includes works by Ehret and Redouté.

References:

http://mnborealart.com/Trees/Botanical_Art_History.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/9924556/Why-botanical-art-is-still-blooming-today.html

Photo Credits: http://www.pinterest.com/ffeaus/beautiful-botanical-art/

Spring Floral Collection 2014

Spring has well and truly arrived in flowers (if not with the weather!) and our Budburst Fresh Spring Floral Collection has officially launched online and in-store.

Featuring year-round favourites such as lilies, gerbera daisies, roses and orchids, combined with springtime classics including perfumed stock, tulips, ranunculus and native blushing brides, our spring floral collection is bellissimo!

And with a variety of price points ranging from $55 to $110, we are confident there is a floral design to suit everyone’s tastes and budget….check out our new blooms below.

BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS $55 – $70

Spring Cream Sympathy Flower Arrangement gerbera-bouquet

BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS $70 – $85

La Vie en Rose     Queen Anne's Lace and Orchids

South of Provence Bouquet     Mixed colour rose bouquet

BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS $85 – $99

A Good Vintage Flower Arrangement     native to spring flower arrangement

the harvester hamper fruit and wine      the harvester hamper fruit and wine

BOUQUETS, PLANTS AND ARRANGEMENTS $100 – $110

phalaenopsis orchid plant gift   phalaenopsis orchid plant

spring flower arrangement    spring flower arrangement in vase

A Spring Symphony Bouquet     spring symphony of flowers

flowers for everyone app logoAs late spring bloomers and flushes of flowers from local farms arrive into our studios, we’ll be adding them to our seasonal spring collection and Sydney Specials  page. Keep an eye out for sweet posies and bouquets of beautiful daffodils, sweet peas, freesia, jonquils and blossom!

Have you downloaded the Flowers for Everyone app on iTunes? Order your flowers anytime, anywhere on your mobile or tablet with our flowers app!

It’s Budburst! Win Tickets to Jazz in the Vines

Hoorah! The countdown to spring is over and our Budburst Fresh Spring Floral Collection has officially launched! To celebrate the arrival of spring and a gooooorgeous new range of blooms, we are giving away TWO x TWO tickets valued at $155 each to the Hunter Valley Jazz in the Vines ‘Al Fresco Jazz Club’. Ooooooh la!

Because let’s face it – flowers, wine and jazz are a pretty awesome combination. See below for entry details…

spring floral collectionJazz in the Vines Hunter Valley  A Good Vintage Flower Arrangement

TO ENTER

Simply purchase flowers from our Spring collection during September, and type in the code word “FFEBUDBURST” into the SPECIAL DELIVERY INSTRUCTIONS box when placing your order online (alternatively you can fill in an entry form in-store).

Entries close 30/9/14 and the winners will be notified and announced on Facebook on 1/10/14.

Jazz in the Vines

 THE NEW LOOK JAZZ IN THE VINES 2014

Saturday October 25th from 11am to 6pmjazz in the vines
Tyrrell’s Vineyard Pokolbin

Jazz in the Vines is the longest running festival in the Hunter Valley now in its 22nd year.

On Saturday October 25th, fans of all ages will descend on Pokolbin for one of the biggest days on the Hunter’s social calendar. It’s about Music, Food, Wine and Dance, it’s Australia’s biggest mosh pit with over six hectares of freedom to enjoy a spectacular day in the fresh air and sunshine.

This year’s musical line-up is stunning – it includes James Morrison’s Big Band featuring special guest Leo Sayer, Lisa Hunt, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows, Emma Pask, Galapagos Duck, the Australian Army Big Band and The Rehab Brass Band.

Our giveaway tickets to the Al Fresco Jazz Club offer a marqueed area off to one side of the ground. The Alfresco Jazz Club is your private haven, an area to sit, relax and enjoy all of the sights, sounds and tastes that Jazz in the Vines has to offer. Alfresco Jazz Club tickets consist of entry to Jazz in the Vines, reserved seating in the Jazz Club (tables of max 9, you may be sitting with new people, what a great way to meet new friends), a private fenced area, marquee, tables, chairs, and toilets.

Wine will be available for purchase within the Jazz Club area and you can pre-book a lunch Hamper for two and pick up on the day.  You are also welcome to purchase food and drinks from any of the other restaurants and wineries on-site.

Please note that the Alfresco Jazz Club is not an “A Reserve” section, but merely a more comfortable and convenient way to experience Jazz in the Vines.

If you aren’t lucky enough to win tickets then you can purchase from the official festival site jazzinthevines.com.au . Just bring a picnic and some friends, sit back and relax or party hard, the choice is yours.  The Hunter Valley’s longest running annual party….. it’s your best day out!

To view our new Budburst Fresh Spring Floral Collection and be in with a chance to win, click here.