I think a big part of connection is to see, to truly see a person’s heart and process. My heart for flowers and creating with my hands is a big part of who I am, maybe the biggest part. I know it’s what brings me an abundance of joy, the kind that makes your heart feel so full, overflowing. The first time I cast our sweet peas I couldn’t help but run outside and show Billy. It was the start of something incredibly healing and fiery in my soul.
I first saw floral relief browsing etsy, the work of Rachel Dein struck me deep to my core. She’s an artist from the UK who’s been creating these amazing floral installations with plaster since the 90’s. When I started to teach myself the art of casting flowers is when something happened inside me, something that felt life, heart changing. The process of learning this art form was surreal, it felt like the closest thing to magic I had experienced. I fell in love with the texture, the detail of each flower, leaf, tendril when you take away the color of flowers and really see it’s intricacies, preserving beauty.
These last few years, becoming a mama and stepping away from wedding photography brought me to a place, a confusing place, a longing to create with my hands again and that’s when I took my first pottery class. I am still a beginner, but love that time where I get to create vases, something that holds beauty and is at the center of your home. This is all a personal experience to me, something I’m moved to do and learn with these little girls by my side.