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  • AURORA

     

    I am still weak at the knees. Takashi Murakami(!), one of our times greatest living artists, contacted me (again!!!) to arrange flowers for MARK RYDEN's gallery opening! Nothing makes me more excited and NOTHING makes me freak out more than making a flower arrangement for an artist that I love and respect. Dubbed the god-father of pop surrealism, Ryden is also one of my all time favorite artists.

    So to the flowers for the gallery opening… after calming down a bit, and after some serious debating, we decided to use his painting Aurora as our inspiration. We love the colors (or perhaps the lack of colors depending on how you see it) and we love the contrast between light and dark in this piece. Hence the light flowers coming out of the dark foliage + soil = dirt which we used instead of a vase (well ok, we also put the dirt on a zink tray…). In addition, we foraged a few ingredients, such as various sized dried pods, to add extra texture… and also because we always love adding something weird to our arrangements.

    The stunning 9 foot painting Aurora is on view at the Paul Kasmin gallery from December 10, 2015 to January 23, 2016.

    The flowers are on view… below.

     

     Aurora, Mark Ryden.

     

     Dirt, Tin Can Studios.

     

     

  • FREELANCE FLORISTS


       
    We are extremely busy and need more florists. If you are an experienced floral designer with an amazing eye for color, texture, and form and not afraid to roll up your sleeves when needed, please email us images of your work + resume. Applications must include pictures and be sent to ingrid@tincanstudiosbk.com with the subject line "Freelance Florist" to be considered.
  • VOGUE! VOGUE! VOGUE!

    We were so extremely proud to be featured on Vogue.com once again last week. In the article, I talked about sourcing and using vintage pieces for your wedding flowers as a way to create a timeless and longer lasting impression. I also talked about upcycling and reusing, two areas my clients can attest I am very passionate about. To read more please visit Vogue.com. We hope to inspire you!

    Below also some pictures that you will not find on Vogue, that worked as inspiration for some of the arrangements and settings we created, such as vintage french lingerie ads and graphics, my flea market finds, as well as vintage China, stemware and silverware from the marvelous rental company Borrowed

    Dress: Gabriella Bridal New York. Thanks also to the lovely Ashley Peraino for organizing and styling the shoot.

    Bottom image courtesy of Borrowed.

     

  • DIY: HANGING FLORAL CHANDELIER

    After an intense week in Sweden, promoting my book and showing how to make flower arrangements on TV4 (while wearing waaaaay too much make-up, haha), I thought it would be fun to show off a bit of my Brooklyn roots by posting the Floral Chandelier DIY/tutorial that I made for Design*Sponge a while back.

    I was so excited when Grace Bonney gave me this opportunity and love that she supports us Brooklyn florists. It was such a fun project and I had a great time coming up with up with the concept, the story + step-by-step and shoot the pictures. Grace let me do whatever I wanted, so I loved the fact that I could use salvaged materials, make something that would last longer than a regular hanging chandelier (these flowers are in water), and create something rustic but still refined.

    The process of creating this DIY was very similar to when we made my book Brooklyn Flowers and is something I really enjoy. Please see below for the full step-by-step, I hope you will enjoy it! You can also read it here.

    From Design*Sponge:

    Hanging floral arrangements are everywhere right now, and they are a really beautiful way to show off flowers. They are perfect for events such as a bridal or baby showers, or a special birthday or dinner party. This is a also a great way to still allow for a good amount of flowers even if your venue/room doesn’t have a lot of tables or surfaces!

    Most of the hanging arrangements I have seen out there are either in floral oasis or not in water at all. For me, it was important to find a way to have the stems in water so that the flowers would stay fresh longer. I don’t use oasis because it contains a lot of chemicals. I also wanted to be able to use more delicate flowers and not have to limit myself to just sturdy flowers. We created a chandelier-style structure using floral water tubes and as a result, the arrangement we made lasted for days rather than hours. -Ingrid from Tin Can Studios

    Materials Needed

    For frame:
    – Decorative punched sheet metal with holes big enough to push through a stem (we got ours at Lowe’s)
    – 4 pieces of simple wood trim (we used salvaged wood that Recycled Brooklyn kindly gave us, you should check them out if you are looking for amazing salvaged wood furniture)
    – Tin snips
    – Hammer
    – Nails
    – Tack
    – Strong twine or rope
      Alternatively, attach the sheet metal to an old frame if you don’t feel like building one!

    For flower arranging:
    – 3” floral water tubes with rubber caps (the type we used is made of recycled material and can be found online)
    – Sharp floral clippers
    – Seasonal flowers (we used lisianthius, ranunculus, blushing bride and viburnum)
    – Vases with water for your flowers + to fill water tubes
    – Clear soda, such as 7-up (not diet)
    – Saw horse legs or two chairs to balance the frame on
    – Strong twine, wire or rope for hanging the arrangement

    Steps:

    1. Start by building the frame. We built ours with scrap salvaged wood, but if you have an old frame, that is perfect, too! The easiest way to make the frame is to overlap the wood at the corners and nail the wood together. Then cut your sheet metal with tin snips, this is easy but keep in mind that the edges can be a bit sharp. Attach the metal to the frame with furniture tack, it will easily go through the sheet metal. Make sure everything is stable/sturdy enough for hanging.

    2. Condition your flowers by removing all of the foliage and cutting them with sharp floral clippers. Immediately put them in clean vases with water. You can add a dash of clear soda, like 7-up, to help the flowers last a bit longer. Let the flowers drink for an hour or so.

    3. Balance your sheet metal frame between two saw horse legs (or two chairs or tables). Make sure it is stable.

    4. Fill the floral tubes with water by dunking them in a small bucket or vase. Attach the rubber caps to the tubes.

    5. Take a flower and push the stem through an appropriate hole in the sheet metal. Once your stem is through the metal at a height you like, push it through the hole in the rubber cap and into the floral tube (above the metal sheet). We started by putting our flowers in the middle, then worked our way outwards. For an ombré effect, start from the left and move to your right. Hang each flower at different lengths so that each bloom is showing and not hiding another bloom.
    Only push the stems halfway so the end of the stem stays in water, avoiding the air pocket above the water surface. Have the tubes filled to the brim, some water will squirt out when you push the stem into the tube. The water does not leak once the tubes and stems are in place/upside down. What is extra great about this frame/holder is that you can easily move your flowers around by pulling them out and pushing them back in another spot. Just be careful with more delicate stems!

    6. Once you are pleased with your design, thread a piece of strong twine or rope through the corners of the frame and hang it from a couple of hooks in the ceiling!

    Well conditioned flowers will last for at least one full day in normal temperature, the one we made lasted for three to four days.

  • BROOKLYN FLOWERS: THE BOOK!


    I am so very proud to announce the launch of my new book “Brooklyn Flowers”. It is an instructional book containing simpler flower arrangements made with the two main methods used here at Tin Can Studios: chicken wire and tape grid. The arrangements in the book are a simpler version of our typical style so that everyone can feel comfortable using the flower “recipes”.

    There are also lots of images from my studio as well as street images from the Brooklyn neighborhoods around us such as Red Hook and Williamsburg. The beautiful photographs were all shot by critically acclaimed photographer Paul Brissman with a Hasselblad (my favorite camera!).

    It will first be out in Sweden at Adlibris, Akademibokhandel, Bokus, NK, Åhlens, to name a few. We hope you get to take a look at a copy because we think you will really like it!! My co-author was the mega talented Eva Nyqvist who writes for a wide variety of publications such as Elle Decor and Gourmet. We got so many new ideas during the process that we are already talking about book two and three...

     

     

     

     


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