It has been an absolute pleasure of mine as I've been travelling around the States, to meet some of the most talented people in this countries current creative scene. I imagined that I would meet some pretty amazing people and become inspired by their work, but never did I imagine how incredibly nice, welcoming and genuinely lovely they could be. Ariel Dearie made me ever so grateful for this. She is indeed one talented, incredibly nice, welcoming and genuinely lovely lady.
Despite having only met her this one time, Ariel has managed to have left the most sweetest impression on me and my insight into the florist world. Her floral design is beautiful (take a peek at her instagram feed!) and her success as a creative business woman is an inspiring feat on its own. Stepping into her Brooklyn studio was dreamy. There were plants and vines draping from the roof and across the shelves, vases, earns and pots were stacked, waiting to be made beautiful by Ariel's delicious flower creations. We sat on a floral antique chaise and chatted over iced tea (her chai version was much nicer than mine, so she kindly swapped), watered the studio plants and then, as if the tea and her time wasn't generous enough, Ariel poured me some of her hand made bath salts from her Royal Botanical line, to take home with me on the plane.
The studio, the chat, the plants, Ariel's generosity - it was all scented with reasons as to why I began this little project in the first place. Meeting creatives like Ariel, and being able to share their talents and story is important to me. Not only is it inspiring and insightful to photograph and then share the creative space of a talented persons life, but it is also an absolute pleasure. And it's just an extra special part when those talented creatives turn out to be as sweet and welcoming as Ariel.
What projects are you currently working on?
We have lots of exciting things in the works! Currently, we are working on a new Royal Botanicals perfume. We did flowers for some really special weddings this summer including one that was inspired by the Mountain Dreams Tarot Deck. Also, for the past couple of weeks we've been doing flowers for a new batman show called Gotham.
Where do you draw your creative inspiration from?
A lot of my inspiration comes from New Orleans, where I'm from. I also find that flowers are so incredibly perfect already, so I usually just try to emphasize their most exquisite traits.
Why a florist?
When I started, it was a way to work with nature while still living in NYC. Also, while I know it's not changing the world, I wanted to do something that would bring joy to other people.
Do you listen to music while you work? If so, would you be so kind to share some of your favourite artists?
Yes. In the morning usually Donovan or Penny & the Quarters radio on Pandora. In the afternoon, usually Jimmy Cliff radio.
Do you have a morning ritual?
I usually listen to NPR in the morning. If I don't have to rush off to the flower market at 6am, then I try to go for a swim or a bike ride before starting work.
What's your idea of a perfect Friday night?
Dinner on our rooftop.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Best piece of advice you've ever given or been given?
Stay positive. Even if you are feeling grumpy or pessimistic, try to think positively and your brain will go along with you.
What's for dinner?
The best part about being a creative?
I feel really lucky to call this a job. It's really great to live in a city that can support so many creative fields.
The worst part?
Can't really think of a bad thing about it.
Day or night? Day
Old or new? Old
City or Country? Both
Coffee or Tea? Both
What do you enjoy most about living in Brooklyn, NY?
Bike rides, outdoor activities, amazing restaurants, amazing people.
Thoughts for the future:
Really excited to develop the perfume. Also, my boyfriend and I have been looking to buy a house upstate. I'd love a garden and maybe even a green house or orangerie. Who knows!