After 10 plus years of working in the flower industry (on the design floor as a designer and in the Sales and Customer Service department, these are the questions I get asked most often:
“Where are the freshest flowers?”, and “How do I make sure my flowers last?”
As a sales rep, I then naturally wonder what exactly are the expectations of the customer and as a designer, I mentally start building a recipe that will ensure the flowers and design will exceed their expectations.
I will reveal some ground rules/facts you should know before you order your flowers:
If you know me, you'd know that I've been drawing, painting, crafting, building, collaging, sculpting, and etc. ever since I was 5 years old. I was immersed in the Visual Arts (part self-discovery, paid & free art programs and classes, and part training in school) and I have my curiosity and encouraging parents to thank. Later in my teen years I would accidentally discover performance art (Hip Hop dance), and the art of Floristry but that's another story for another time. My point is that I was blessed with a natural and powerful sense of curiosity that encourages me to throw myself into many various forms of art--my curiosity is like an itch I need to scratch because without it, my creativity will not flow.
Creativity never runs out, curiosity does. My philosophy is that everyone ought to develop, practice, and stay curious because I'm a big believer that with curiosity and intentional actions, naturally comes with a breadth of knowledge and developed skills that overlaps one another thus allowing creativity to flow. Some say that the more you use your creativity the more you have it and I'm a big believer of that. But I am an even bigger believer that the more curious you get and the more you scratch that curiosity itch, creativity flows more easily and in abundance.
Recently, I gave myself permission to allow curiosity to run free because I've realized that it has been wavering for years and because of this Pandemic and an increase of free time, I am re-lighting my curiosity fire. Year 2020 has been rough but throughout my time I've been revisiting old loves like drawing and painting, and learning new skills like hand-binding leather journals/sketchbooks, or making flat broad noodles and hot chili garlic oil from scratch! Anyways, I just finished my first painting after a four year break! If you're curious about the backstory and meaning of my abstract painting, "Ebb and Flow", feel free to continue reading below!
Flashback to five months ago in mid-March at the start of New York City on PAUSE, where all non-essential businesses were mandated by Governor Cuomo to cease operations due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. The floral industry came to a screeching halt and took a massive hit just as Mother's Day and the wedding season was right around the corner. Both events are crucial revenue streams for the flower industry, an industry that heavily relies on holidays and big events to stay afloat. It's very much a seasonal and social business filled with memorable and joyous celebrations. One month of downtime turned into two, then three and the months go on with increasing uncertainty for the future of this sector.
VIVIAN PANG FLORAL CREATIVE is thrilled to announce that The Female Founder Collective (FFC), initiated by the global fashion industry leader, Rebecca Minkoff, has welcomed us to join their social network of businesses led by women, supporting women.