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Floral Inspiration from NCMA’s Art in Bloom 2017

Art in Bloom 2017

Every year the North Carolina Museum of Art holds it Art in Bloom event to support the NCMA Foundation. Art in Bloom allows both local floral artists to showcase their talent and creativity and also for the public to have the opportunity to view all of these amazing artists in one place.

Every year the event features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. The NCMA became a fragrant garden for all to enjoy over the Art in Bloom weekend. In addition, this year the event featured the Horti-Couture Fresh Flowers Fashion on Stage, a live fashion show that displayed the floral art in action.

Art in Bloom Horti Couture Fashion show f8 Photo Studios

The English Garden created this bride inspired wearable art. The quilt signifies the joining of families and has orchids woven within the fabric. The English Garden paired the quilt with a Tahitian inspired headpiece with leaves and orchids and completed the look with a matching bridal bouquet.

English Garden bride creation for Art in Bloom NCMA Couture Fashion Show f8 Photo Studios
English Garden Bride Inspired Tropical Fashion Design at NCMA Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

The floral artists tool the audience on a journey of fashion inspired by Tahitian elements such as volcanoes, water and birds. The fashion show also reflected various events – they hosted not only wedding scene, but had other sections including everything from beach-ware to formal attire. The creativity by these florists was astounding, and these designs can be admired and used for inspiration for anything from tropical themed weddings, to vibrant household decor.

NCMA Art in Bloom fashion Show waterfall Headpiece f8 Photo Studios

Intricate greenery dress and large headpiece at NCMA Art in Bloom fashion show f8 Photo Studios
Tropical and Feather Floral Headpiece at Art in bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

NCMA transformed its gallery into an array of living art when over 50 pieces from their collection were inspirations for creations by local floral artists.

Bloom Works created this spectacular arrangement that was inspired by Double Jar with Central Handle. They used curly willow to recreated the jars and filled it with an array of spray button mums amongst other florals and leaves.

BloomWorks 2 at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Watered Garden Art Intallation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Each florist was assigned a painting or sculpture from NCMA’s permanent collection, and their design was inspired by that artwork. Some florists took the art literally (like English Garden’s dress design below) and others are more subtle interpretations that reflect the colors, textures, and movement of the inspirational piece. Below, at left, a design by SB&G preferred florist, Eclectic Sage. At right, designed by La Residence – an SB&G preferred venue – a fine French Restaurant in Chapel Hill, that has an onsite floral garden (which they use for onsite weddings).

Eclectic Sage Art installation inspired by Six Women at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios
La Residence Florists in Chapel Hill art installation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

The Torso of Aphrodite inspired this work of art by Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary. With flowers like roses, spirea, tulips, calla lillies and many more, their floral arrangement flourished with colors and textures – creating an absolute masterpiece.

Bowerbird Flowers and Apothecary in Durham at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

On the left Bloom Works also created this cascading floral art installation that was inspired by the untitled work by Joel Elias Shapiro at NCMA. They used escheveria, aloe, equisetum, typha, umbrella papyrus and allium to tie this piece of art together.

The spectacular floral dress was created by non other than The English Garden in Raleigh, NC. Magnolia, peonies, hydrangea and roses were amongst the blooms used to create this one-of-a-kind exquisite piece of art. Frames with ancestors were hung around the dress to take the viewer on a historical journey through time.

Bloom Works Art Installation at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios
English Garden of Raleigh at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

English Garden Art Work at Art in Bloom 2017 f8 Photo Studios

Thank you to our wonderful photographer f8 Photo Studios. Cara Galati is an SB&G Preferred wedding photographer based in Raleigh, and we had a blast exploring this exhibit with her!

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