Why Daphne and Doreen Flower Studio when my name is Jane? Well, Daphne and Doreen were sisters: my Mum and my Auntie. Sadly they are no longer with us but I know they would both be so delighted to be the inspiration behind my little Flower Studio.
This photo was taken in the late 1940s and used to hang in my Grandma’s living room. I remember gazing at it as a child and always thought (and I still do) how beautiful and glamorous they were. Both Daphne and Doreen loved their gardens and liked nothing better than to spend a few hours pottering amongst the flowers and shrubs in the peace and quiet. They often picked a few flowers and arranged them with great care in a pretty little jug or vase.
I think I fell in love with flowers as a child aged about 10 when I was the only bridesmaid at a neighbour’s wedding. I was so proud in my kingfisher blue brocade dress, carrying my little posy of white hyacinth pips and rosebuds. Even now the fragrance of hyacinths takes me back that happy occasion.
I came to floristry quite late via art school, where I studied for a masters degree in fine art, and a career in retail visual merchandising. In both fields I learned so many practical and design skills which inform my work as a florist. I am fully qualified, having been formally trained at college for two years, and more recently at the fantastic Jay Archer Flower School where I developed my skills in bridal work.
My flowering style is natural and informal. I love to include lots of different textures and foliages in my work and I enjoy using British flowers wherever possible. I have a lifelong passion for flowers and never cease to be amazed at their beauty and scent. I’m always inspired by the many shapes, textures and colours of the flower world. Nature is amazing!