Meet Harriet Parry, floral stylist, artist and #KITRIgirl! We were delighted to work with Harriet to create beautiful, art inspired bouquets for our very first Bridal Collection shoot. We sat down with Harriet in her inspiring art and antique filled home to talk life, inspirations, art and, of course, flowers!
I have a BA in Fine Art, so I've always been interested in all things creative, artistic and visually intriguing! I also grew up in the countryside; surrounded by nature, plants and flowers.
My wonderful Granny has been a great influence on me and I get a lot of my aesthetic from her. She kept a beautiful garden and encouraged me to flower arrange and be very experimental from a very young age. So, it felt natural to combine my two loves and set up my own floristry business, creating floral work, where historic and contemporary art, culture, poetry, fashion and film are constant inspirations for every piece I create or job I do.
By following my heart and being true to myself. I have been very lucky to have worked on floral commissions for wonderful fashion editorials, films, TV, advertisements, all types of events and weddings. I even curated my own solo art/flower exhibition too.
My Flower Interpretation series came about, firstly, because of my love of art and flowers. And, secondly, because of my passion for set design and styling. It allowed me to create really playful floral pieces that focused on attention to detail (my most favourite thing!) colour, texture and shape.
For me, it is a way of collaborating with fellow creatives and to share with others the art, films and fashion that inspire me! Sometimes the works I choose to interpret are iconic images. While, others are new, fresh pieces of work from contemporary artists that I have just discovered.
My favourite interpretations are the ones by contemporary artists. I have made some really lovely creative connections, from all over the world, by interpreting works and have had some beautiful responses and messages from the artists.
When I interpret their work in flowers, I’m showing them how much they inspire me!
It’s so important to have positive interactions with people. After all people make the world go round…. oh and flowers of course!
I’m up early, around 5 am, to go to the flower market. There, I select and collect my flowers for my job that day or the following day. I love the flower market - it’s a home from home! It's wonderful to start your day chatting to traders and other florists who have become such dear friends, surrounded by such beauty in all forms of flowers and foliage!
Next I’d head to the location of the job, where I get creative with my floral styling.
Other times, it’s back to my studio to make up my flowers ready to deliver to an event.
Sometimes my days are filled with drawing and inventing new designs for clients or having fun making up a new flower interpretation! I also paint miniature bouquets in watercolour. So, some days are spent peacefully painting. My little painting commissions are usually given by bridesmaids or friends as a wedding gift for a bride. An everlasting keepsake of their wedding flowers.You’ve had a very impressive career so far! Can you pinpoint a moment you are most proud of?
Why, thank you. That’s very kind of you to say!
Your home is fascinating and full of beautiful things we could spend all day discovering! What are your favourite pieces?
Ahhh, you can come and hang out any time you like!
I collect lots of antiques and art works. But my favourite pieces are my collection of Art Deco fashion illustrations. They just resonate with me and bring me so much joy every time I look at them! I definitely think if I have been here before I was around in the 1920’s….
So many people I could mention, but here are a few… Tim Walker, Jean Cocteau, Tilda Swinton, Piera Gelardi, Salvador Dali, The Bloomsbury Group, Ana Mendieta, Frida Kahlo, Rupi Kaur, Grayson Perry, David Lynch.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Just be true to yourself - always.
How would you describe your style?
Colourful and playful, with a touch of the pixie.
How do you like to accessorise to really make a look your own?
I love a bold earring. Quite a bit of gold and a hot pink lipstick.
Thank you, your collection is divine! I have chosen…
The Lorelle Daisy Print Dress - It reminds me of a vintage dress I have of my Granny’s. A very similar daisy print, but this one is in green - my spirit colour.