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Judging by the recent demand for flower crowns, flower walls and flower cakes, floristry isn’t just about traditional bouquets anymore.
“I’m into natural looking arrangements,” she says. “I don’t like structured. I think things are more beautiful when they’re left untamed.”
After studying floristry in Canberra as well as graphic design, Larissa moved to London, where she learnt from influential florists and developed her own take on the way flowers can be used to create unique arrangements.
“English gardens are a big influence, everything is quite overgrown and there are blooming roses everywhere,” she explains. “You’re able to mix and match things and they go really nicely together. They have a real English style of floristry that is quite organic and romantic.”
Whether they represent love, friendship or gratitude, according to Larissa flowers are always able to make people happy.
“Flowers represent life in a way,” she says. “It sounds really cheesy but flowers bring inspiration to people and there’s something about the warmer weather and the beautiful colour that people find really pleasant to be around. I feel so happy to be able to do what I love as my job.”
Larissa works from a home studio and provides flowers for weddings, events, and large installations. She often collaborates with other artists, and you may have even spotted her flower crown in the Celebrations issue of Magazine.
“I always seek to create new and beautiful images because flowers are a perishable product,” she says. “I think it’s really nice to be able to capture them in photographs and keep them, like a work of art. But I suppose that’s what makes flowers beautiful, because they don’t last forever.”
Larissa’s next pop up with be at Floriade in October. Her From Market to Home demonstrations will aim to teach the viewer tips and tricks on general purchasing and flower care, through to how to create your own floral masterpieces. Demonstrations will be running daily from 11am – 3pm Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 October – no booking necessary. For more info contact Larissa at email@example.com.