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On Inspiration

A question that commonly comes up over the years is about where inspiration comes from.

It's a difficult one to answer, not only because it's different for everyone but also because it can strike in a flash without any apparent reason. Retrospectively it's sometimes easy to trace the process back, and conversely sometimes it is something that just appears in a moment.

Having said all of that, I do think that inspiration is often an incremental process rather than a singular event.

For me, I think it comes from taking in life. It's in the small wonders we witness every day. It can be visual; witnessing sunrise and sunset, observing silhouettes and shadows, art and architecture or simply watching other florists work.

At times it comes from movement like watching wind blow through trees or the roll of the sea.

Textures, sounds and smells also come into play by being triggers of memories, nostalgia and emotions.

Or it could just be the act of happening upon an old picture of angelica seed heads rising up against grey London skies.

This might sound a bit abstract but for me it all combines to be the truest source of inspiration. It's a collection of moments, feelings, observations and absorption of life through the senses.

I'd be interested to hear any opinions you may have, you can always get in touch with me via the contact page if you would like to share your thoughts.

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