Black people have been growing, nurturing, and cultivating flowers + plants for centuries in yards and gardens. Some common flowers found around a black garden, particularly in the south include marigolds, irises, lilies, sunflowers, and roses. Flowers were grown for their beauty, scent, leisurely enjoyment, and beneficial role as pollinators. These yards were spaces to welcome guests and as personal creative expressions of the grower(s).
Influenced by Momma G's [Kurston's mother] Korean flower arranging, our studio has been dabbling in arranging flowers + plants in used bottles, vases, and for installations - something we call "casual arranging". Ha! We've found our own way to artistically express ourselves with petals and stems.
Over the last year, we've sold plants + flowers at local New Orleans markets, created shrines for Dancing Grounds, Flora Arcana, a Prince tribute party by DJ Soul Sister, and set up at the Ascendance Aries party. Each an inspiring adventure in creating environments with botanicals.
We are sharing a few of these arrangements influenced by the seasons, color, emotions, healing benefits, celebrations, and personal connections.
Arrangements featured in this post:
Aloe, succulents, and airplants for For Show NOLA
Arrangement for the studio featuring roses, snapdragons, zinnias, cosmos, and daisies
Ascendance party goer's arrangement featuring carnations, ranauculus, mint, and heather
DJ Soul Sister Prince party altar with flowers foraged in New Orleans
Arrangement for the studio featuring poms, zinnias, carnations, lily, daisy, and rudbeckia
Altar celebrating the life of a beloved matriarch featuring tulips, marigolds, carnations, asters, and daisies
Healing womb altar for Flora Arcana's Prospect 4 show featuring marigolds, lavender, baby's breath, philodendron, aloe, eucalyptus, and carnations
All photographs taken by Collection of Collections. Unless otherwise noted.