“The Florist & Garden Miscellany”: Unique Collage Works That Include Botanics And Themes Of Mortality

Dan Barry has been drawn to creating mixed media and fond of collaged image drawings since he was a young person growing up in northern Wisconsin. Now living in Austin, Texas, his love of vintage visual media has grown and developed throughout his career.

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In “The Florist & Garden Miscellany,” Dan continues to combine the marks of his hand with vintage mixed media, both old and new, to explore themes that are deeply personal in ways that make them universal. Dan Barry’s artwork reflects our difficult times in their exploration of loss, life, and mortality as well as our ongoing desire for deep human connection. His work invites us to reflect and embrace the place of love, loss, and the passage of time in our own lives.

“A lot has transpired this past year. In “The Florist & Garden Miscellany” (October 2 – 31 at La Luz Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles), I will be showing (60) pieces from my Botanical series alongside (11) related artworks that are larger in scale and/or more intricate.”

“In March of 2020, all of my upcoming exhibitions were canceled or indefinitely postponed within one week. That same week, I started “staying home” nearly full-time for the next 12+ months. I had no approaching deadlines and even more time on my hands to spend working in the studio. I began looking through my flat file drawers of paper and rediscovered a collection of hand-colored botanical prints that I had not thought about for a long time. The botanicals are from bound volumes of Paxton’s Magazine of Botany from the 1840s.”

“I set the stack on my work table and began to draw, collage, and build up a history of marks on them. It was a liberating way for me to get going once again in the studio. Over the following months, these meanderings resulted as a chronicle of my days, thoughts, and reactions to the world around me: widening national ideological divide, lies and conspiracy theories, racism and xenophobia, sickness, disease, death, aging and mortality, uncertainty, fear of a dystopian future.”

“As well as – a large amount of damage to my home and studio, caused by unprecedented, sustained winter weather in Texas and the failure of its vulnerable and neglected power grid.”

Below are some examples of the artist’s works in this series and other related works from “The Florist & Garden Miscellany.” You can find more at the website linked above.





















SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/09/the-florist-garden-miscellany-unique-collage-works-that-include-botanics-and-themes-of-mortality/

“Flower Power”: The Superb Floral Photography and Collages by Ashley Marie

The flower portrait series began after a Surrealism in fashion class where the Ashley Marie had been sourcing copies of old masters still life paintings to use as lighting references.

These two points alongside the artist’s love of fine art photography brought this vibrant portfolio to life. The juxtaposition of old and new is a recurring theme for the photographer meets collage artist. And what better way than to marry two elements of beauty together in the form of beautiful faces and beautiful flowers?

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The title “Flower Portraits” is to be taken at face value. As with all creative ideas, the concept emerged from subconscious ideas. But the artist began questioning the reasons behind her desire to create these images in the first place. Why are we so obsessed with beauty? We live in a world that idealises beauty and its relationship to youth; these fickle idealisms are fleeting and they wither much like flowers do.

Still life paintings of the masters derived from the need to capture beauty before beauty passed also. The transience of beauty is strongly tied to Vanitas and all beauty and life inevitably meets decay and death. This on-going series has a long future ahead with more sitters and more diversity to follow as Ashley Marie continues to explore the fine lines between beauty and society in relation to historical conventions.





































SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/08/flower-power-the-superb-floral-photography-and-collages-by-ashley-marie/

Floral Aesthetic Tattoo Concepts by Jessie Cohen

Chromakane is aprint studiobased in London, founded by artist and designer Jessie Cohen. Illustrated blackwork artinspired by myths, emotions and the natural worlds, merging stories from Eastern and Western cultures with an abstract oriental aesthetic. Jessie Cohen is a blackwork print artist and designer based in London.

Each Chromakane piece she creates is inspired by myths, emotions and the natural worlds – merging stories from Eastern and Western cultures with an abstract oriental aesthetic – and begins as a pen &ink hand drawing before being reproduced to giclée quality from herhome studio.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/06/floral-aesthetic-tattoo-concepts-by-jessie-cohen/

A Floral Designer Is Beautifying The Streets Of NYC With Elaborate Displays For Health Care Workers

Floral artist Lewis Miller has long transformed the city’s most grittiest spots into giant flower displays. He calls them “flower flashes.” More: Lewis Miller, Instagram h/t: cnn Miller said he just wanted to express his creativity and make New Yorkers smile. In recent weeks, however, he knew that these flower flashes could mean something more — a tribute to those on the front lines.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/06/a-floral-designer-is-beautifying-the-streets-of-nyc-with-elaborate-displays-for-health-care-workers/

Artist Creates Animal Sculptures From Flower Arrangements

Inspired by the ancient and traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement—Ikebana—Montreal-based artist and photographer Raku Inoue creates colorful portraits of insects and other animals using flowers, twigs, leaves, and stems from his garden. Each and every one of them is unique as he chooses his materials according to the seasons and what nature offers during them. More: Raku Inoue...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2020/03/artist-creates-animal-sculptures-from-flower-arrangements/

Polish Artist Turned Local Tram Station Into Floral Museum

sszysia A tram stop at Dabrowskiego Square in Łódź, Poland is blossoming with dried flowers, giving pedestrians and commuters a new perspective of the urban space around them. The local student Dominika Cebula was at the origin of the project, that she called “Nostalgia”. The idea is inspired by the traditional flowers market of Dabrowskiego Square.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/11/polish-artist-turned-local-tram-station-into-floral-museum/

Polish Artist Turned Local Tram Station Into Floral Museum

sszysia A tram stop at Dabrowskiego Square in Łódź, Poland is blossoming with dried flowers, giving pedestrians and commuters a new perspective of the urban space around them. The local student Dominika Cebula was at the origin of the project, that she called “Nostalgia”. The idea is inspired by the traditional flowers market of Dabrowskiego Square.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2019/11/polish-artist-turned-local-tram-station-into-floral-museum/