I have always had a passion for design and colour, and have put my hand to many different creative skills: painting, sewing, jewellery, fabric design, screen printing, then floristry. It just clicked with me and I couldn't let it go. When I was a teenager my step sister Jane owned a little flower shop on the corner of St Kevins Arcade and K'Rd. I used to spend my days after school hanging out there or any chance I could get, spending hours drawing and learning the names of the flowers - I loved it! So I started playing around with flowers when I was 19 years old, working part time for some really great florists and slowly learning the tricks of the trade. Thirteen years on I feel like there is always something new to learn!
When it comes to making my prints, I started throwing around ideas about 5 years ago. Working on my own style of flower arranging. I have always had a passion for styling and placing objects together at home and at work, whether it was doing the shop displays of flowers and products, or at home making altars for all my collections of my things, or moving all the furniture around the house and painting the walls a new colour. And then on top of this styling, I have always loved making art: painting, screen printing fabric etc. I wanted to bring my love of arranging flowers into my art, so I started taking photos of still lifes with vases of flowers. Over the last five years I've developed my practice, inspired by an obsession with vintage postcards, the Dutch paintings of flowers and the theme of memento mori.
What is your favourite medium?
Flowers, of course! There is nothing more perfectly imperfect then flowers. They don't last forever and as they decompose they have a different beauty which is fleeting. There are particular varieties of flowers that are only available at certain times of the year, so there is always something to look forward to!
What's coming up in the future? I'm currently working on my website, which is pretty exciting.
I don't think there is any right or wrong way of finding your way into floristry. Many people start out thinking the job is relaxed and all about making things look pretty, which is only half the job. The other half can be physically demanding. Don't think you're gonna have nice nails ever again!
You can find my work at a few places: Endemic World, based in Auckland on Ponsonby Road. They have lots of talented local artists on their books and an awesome space, so definitely drop in and say hi to Elliot and the guys, and check out what they do there. Just recently, four of my newest limited edition prints have also found a home in Melbourne with the crew at Signed and Numbered signedandnumbered.com.au. Currently, I'm working with a friend on my own little piece of the interwebs, where you will be able to check out all of my prints, as well as my styling work. In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram (@georgiemalyon) !