For those of you who I saw at the Antiques at the Gardens Gala last night, you got to enjoy Holly Carlisle's installation as a Floral Tastemaker. She is fabulously talented, and we are so happy to have her as a Floral Tastemaker! Holly is the force behind Rosegolden Flowers here in Birmingham. I have had the privilege of working with Holly on several projects and enjoy it so much each time. Today, we get to know Holly a little bit better.
Holly understands the unique language of flowers. She believes that flowers are wonderful communicators and loves the way they can tell a story, set a mood and create an environment. Discovering and telling her client's story is one of Holly's passions. I find the act of making flowers to be both process driven and precise. Her motivation as a designer is for her flowers to have an inner life that inspires curiosity and an outer expression that is evocative.
I got to ask her what the craziest thing she has ever been asked to create has been. She responded, "Recently I was asked to build two entry arrangements framing an enormous set of doors that were over 11 feet tall out of mountain laurel branches, two urns and one spool of wire. No frame and no ladder. It was a challenge but we got it done only to find out that we had accidentally blocked a security camera mounted on the side of the building. Figuring out how to remedy that without destroying the install was the hardest part."
Holly is fascinated by roses, such as a distant drum, that will experience many subtle color shifts from one day to the next.
You can view Holly's 'Art of the Rose' installation until this Sunday at the Birmingham Antiques at the Gardens show. For tickets, Click HERE! A general admission ticket gets you in to the Taste in Spades lecture series tomorrow, and you won't want to miss that!