TOOLS OF THE TRADE
In anticipation of spring, I am excited to feature florist and flower shop California Sister for this month's Tools of the Trade. California Sister uses locally grown, seasonal flowers to create floral designs reflecting the beauty of the Northern California landscape. Always keeping it a little bit wild, and always inspired by nature and the changing seasons. I love wandering into their Sebastopol based shop and soaking in all the plant magic. Nichole of California Sister talks tools with me below.
What is your craft?
I’m a Florist
What are your 5 most used tools of your trade?
Do you have a tool that’s unique, an heirloom, or holds special significance for you?
I have a little Antique Ball Peen Hammer I love.
If you could talk tools with another artist, maker, or crafts person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?Constance Spry, an educator and Florist during the 1920’s-late 1950’s. Her unique style still inspires and informs floral design today. She would drag giant branches in from her garden, add Kale and weeds to her designs- basically just do whatever the hell she wanted (and thought was pretty) she became so popular she was in demand with The Royals of England and did flowers for many royal weddings. Most of her career spanned the time before (toxic) floral foam was in regular use. I’d love to hear her tips and tricks on getting weeds & big sticks to behave in a vase.