This week, we’re talking to maker Flicky Wallace from Dot and the Dandelion, a Bristol-based florist who specialises in designing arrangements influenced by the patterns of nature.
We recently took a socially distanced visit to Flicky’s studio to watch her put together one of her bespoke wreaths ahead of the festive season – we spoke to her about her love for flowers, recent projects and her plans for 2021.
Tell us how you started working with dried flowers and how that transcended into making your wreaths?
I have a background in fine art and photography, which led me to set up Dot and the Dandelion in 2017. Initially, this started as a traditional floristry business, but my attraction to dried flowers saw me experimenting with them in different designs, including wreaths.
What inspires you when putting together your designs and wreaths?
So many things and it ranges hugely! With my Christmas wreaths, I usually think of a theme and work from that – this year it was 101 Dalmatians. With the dried flowers it varies – it can be anything from one certain flower, which I build a design around, to a painting or character. I like to have a narrative behind them. The seasons are also a constant source of inspiration.
Our ethos celebrates ‘taking time’ – how does this relate to your work?
This relates a lot to my working style, but I think generally floristry is not something that can be rushed – there are so many processes that need care and attention. Without this time and thought, the overall quality would just not be the same.
Do you have a favourite project that you’ve worked on and why?
I recently made a flower cloud for Sunday General Store which I really enjoyed – I loved the colour-way and seeing the design work within the space. Plus, it’s always nice working with a fellow Bristol-based business!
Have your created anything festive for your home this year?
So far I’ve only got a tree, however, I am hoping to make a twig chandelier at some point and hang lights and trinkets off it.
Lastly, what are your plans for 2021?
A large part of my business comes from weddings, so I’m hoping events like this will be able to resume as normal next year. I’m also looking to create some new dried floral designs, so watch this space!
To find out more about Flicky and Dot and the Dandelion, visit her website here.