Flowers by Ruth Moilliet

The latest issue of Crafts Magazine recently arrived, and yesterday I had a chance to sit down and read it properly. My dear oversized dog had managed to knock me over and I didn’t feel up to much with a bruised and swollen knee (well, I certainly didn’t feel up to doing the ironing!)

One image that jumped out at me was similar to this – Pollination Canvas

Ruth Moilliet is a sculptor whose work will be featured in the MADE showcase at Yorkshire Sculpture Park starting 3rd March. The image above shows some of her ‘pollination stems’ range. Made from anodised aluminium and stainless steel, these flowers can be purchased separately and then arranged and rearranged by the purchaser. They come with short stems (for wall installations) or longer stems for more traditional arrangements. What a great idea! I love the idea of them being something that could be purchased over time to result in a very individual and evolving installation. Here are a few more detailed images from Ruth’s website – and it is really worth visiting to see her other work too.
individual-flowers These are detailed and complicated small flower heads that have been simplified and then enlarged up to 20-25cm diameter. There is a contrast between real and created size, as well as real softness and created hardness.

So why did I decide to share this work with you? Well, the image reminded me of a collection I have been working on recently. This collection, inspired in part by the flowers of Alaska, features simplified flower heads. I’ve entitled it Northern Florals, but for now it is only available for clients to view.