This week, I enjoyed the design challenge of creating a dramatic floral arrangement to be used in a portrait that will be my official blog photo! My love of ’80s design has resulted in a large collection of ceramics–’80s Deco vases (as shown above), spherical pieces, swans in a variety of hues. This spring I decided to document my collection, and to be included in the picture.
The challenge: to create an over-the-top yet tasteful floral arrangement that complements the cooler tones of my collection of ’80s ceramics.
I also wanted the arrangement to reinforce the theme and hues of the artwork below–Rio Mesa Blue II by Scott Nellis. This Goodwill find will be hanging on the wall, anchoring the different elements of the shot:
To me, the key seemed to be finding truly interesting flowers–the more unusual, the better. Not one for fake blooms, I decided that if truly going faux, I might as well play it up, right? I was immediately drawn to the feathery mauve fronds below (left), and to the calla lilies (right), which were a staple of ’80s floral arrangements:
Earlier this year, I’d seen and admired an intentionally-faux arrangement that featured really large flowers like the magnolia blossoms below:
Then I found these spiky, thistle-y selections in mauve and peach (below):
And now the results…
I decided to let the magnolia blossoms fill out the bottom of the arrangement so the taller stalks could flare out fan-style from these more traditional blooms. While the flowers don’t necessarily scream “’80s,” they mesh well with the ’80s artwork and add height and interest to the vignette.
The arrangement is the star in my display of ’80s ceramics. Stay tuned to see it all together once the portrait is complete…I can’t wait until picture day!
Great arrangement! Can't wait to see your collection!
You did an absolutely lovely job with the bouquet. I don't know anyone else who is doing stuff like this. I just found this, and then read back a bit. You have great attention to detail, too. Great blog, one I will look forward to.
I hope you don't mind, I added the beautiful Scott Nellis piece to my tumblr "ZYX Late 20th Century Culture". Nice thrift find! A subsequent google search yielded little info on the creator. But thanks for introducing me to a brand new artist.
There is so much worth mining from the 1980s. It seems like I find something new every day. My tumblr is photo-oriented but I have devoted some analyses to late modern actors and rock stars aka the 'cool guys'.
Thanks again and keep up the great work.
Thanks so much for your comments! Of course you can use the Scott Nellis piece–you have some great, carefully curated visuals on your tumblr. I enjoyed seeing the graphic design-oriented images. I agree that there is an amazing stash of material from the '80s worth revisiting. Thanks for getting in touch!
The Scott Nellis piece appears to be the centerpiece of a 3 piece serigraph "Blue Hills"
Thank you for this important piece of information! Now if I can just track down the other 2 pieces…