If you've been to hipster cafe Three Plates Full, you'll find your attention drawn to the dried flower installations that catch the light just so. Romantic and dramatic, they are the creations of Catie Lee, the founder of Floratorie. Now in its sixth year, Floratorie specialises in fresh flowers and weddings, besides doing retail installation, and providing floral arrangement courses.
Before Lee got into the floral industry, she was a graphic designer and this shines through in the visually striking, almost architectural approach she employs for her creations. "For me, I'm still a designer, but now I deal with flowers. Flowers are an art, something natural and lighthearted for me. I'm passionate about researching different floral materials, taking inspiration from nature and following my own aesthetic to present my own creations," she explains.
"In my daily life, I like to take photos and be in nature. I am fascinated by architecture and interior design, because they inspire me and improve my aesthetics in my floral design and installation."
If you'll like to try your hand at creating your own dramatic dried flower arrangement, Lee shares five tips.