We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to exhibit at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show!
We will be exhibiting a sculptural installation titled The cracks which appear, and the things that grow from them as part of the Creative Spaces displays in the floristry category.
The piece is a sculptural installation of botanically dyed silk, fresh and dried flowers, glass, and jute, all of which will be suspended from a metal armature to create a gravity defying garden of delights, with flowers growing from a surface of exquisite silk drapery which has been dyed with the pigments of the flowers it displays. The sculpture will deliberately expose the mechanics that support and hydrate the flowers through an intricate network of glass to highlight the devotion, ingenuity, and care that goes into a sustainable floristry practice. The installation combines many of our shared passions and collaborative practices; botanical dying, growing flowers, contemporary floral design, textiles, and sculpture. The piece reframes a zero-waste approach to floristry, that extends beyond practicality and function, and becomes part of the affective architecture of the construction and the beauty of the sculpture as a whole live entity.
The title of the piece The cracks that appear, and the things that grow from them is a nod to paying attention. When you notice the weeds and flowers that grow between the cracks of concrete in an urban street, it is a reminder of other peripheral ecosystems that thrive in small ways in tandem with, or despite, us. These hopeful little cracks represent spaces for change, methods of undoing, shedding old ways, and to the much needed change within our industry. It is about the work we are undertaking to pave a space for sowing seeds, in order for a new world to grow from cracked earth and uneven ground. It is a statement against the myths of separation that hinder us from being able to see one another and the earth as kin. Flowers are forms of knowledge, with each one containing a blueprint of time, environment, place, and history; a material force and living representation of embracing new beginnings.
All of the flowers will be grown on by us, here on our flower farm in South Lanarkshire. The month of May brings tulips, ranunculus, aquilegia, fritillaries, blossom, narcissi, bluebells, iris, anemones, and more. It's an honour to share this exquisite seasonal moment from our little part of the world at one of the most prestigious flower shows in the world.
We've dreamt it up, now we can't wait to make it happen, and to show our work and our flowers at the highest level, in an art form that is centuries old, with our own contemporary twist.
The Chelsea Flower Show will take place at The Royal Chelsea Hospital Grounds, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR from 21-25 May 2024.
If you are thinking of attending this year, we hope to see you there! If not, we will be taking you all with us by keeping you updated on all the news in the lead up, during and after.
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