Preserved roses crown. SARAH. “Our Daily Lives Collection

“I wasn’t afraid for a moment. 
I’m just grateful for life itself.
Nothing has been taken away from me, quite the opposite.
I’m aware of my potential 
and feel compelled to use it.
Nothing is self-evident.
It has never been.
But now we can fully understand it…
And choose , act, live accordingly.”

Dress designer, performance and conceptual artist, photographer from Belgium

This voluminous large and high wreath is designed with preserved yellow roses. For me it symbolises the loss of the fear of making mistakes.

Corona de la colección “Our daily Lives” by Ritaflowers.
Modelo: Sarah Sarah Maernhoudt, dress designer, performance and conceptual artist
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers
Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Sarah Sarah Maernhoudt, dress designer, performance and conceptual artist
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

At the beginning of my career as a floral designer I used to feel more comfortable designing with small flowers than with big flowers. Every time I started working with big flowers I would step out of my comfort zone. Stepping out of our comfort zone doesn’t have to mean doing things extraordinarily differently than usual. Change can also be progressive. We also grow in life with small steps. Perhaps the challenge is to respect our own inner rhythms, to reach a balanced movement. Without pushing ourselves too much or sleeping without stopping.

Plants, like humans, also grow and progress throughout their lives. Their size can range from microscopic sizes to trees almost as tall as 40-stores skyscrapers. In general, the bigger the plant, the longer it takes to grow. Each type of plant has its own growth rhythm. And within the same category of plants, they grow at different speeds depending on the climatic conditions and the quality of the soil in which they grow. Just like humans do.

Roses like the ones I used in this wreath can take up to two years from the time the seeds are planted in the soil until the plant grows its first flowers. Rose bushes are usually planted between late winter and early spring. They need many hours of sunlight, especially during spring and summer. Most plants produce their flowers in the summer and not all of them bloom every year.

Like humans, plants live better if they eat (i.e. are watered) at specific times of the day. I recommend watering them very early in the morning: This way you use the water more efficiently and your plants get all the vitamins and nutrients they need to stay strong and healthy. Regarding rose bushes, someone told me that “you should make them strong, with long roots that look for water deep in the soil, where the soil is wetter”. To do this, you should water them a few times but with plenty of water, avoiding waterlogging. This way, the water can go deeper into the soil even if the surface of the soil dries out.

Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Sarah Sarah Maernhoudt, dress designer, performance and conceptual artist
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

After all this investment of work, time, water, light, etc… and before being able to design a wreath similar to this one, we will still have to add another strict process of preservation of the flowers. There are different ways of preserving flowers: using silica gel, using a mixture of warm water and glycerine, etc…. All these preservation processes require concrete conditions of darkness, low humidity, airtightness, etc… and it can take from two to six weeks or more.

Flower crown “Our daily Lives” collection by Ritaflowers.
Model: Sarah Sarah Maernhoudt, dress designer, performance and conceptual artist
Photo: Ernst Lallleman, visual content manager de Ritaflowers

When the flowers finally arrive at my atelier, you can imagine how excited I am. As if they were jewels, they are a treasure of nature. It is important to be aware of the personal journey of each one of these flowers, to be conscious of all the dedication they have received since their seeds were planted. Valuing the flowers that we wear in a tiara, in a bouquet, in a vase… enhances the experience of enjoying their beauty and our respect for mother nature.

If you are interested in knowing more about what kind of flowers we can work with, you can read more here. And if you want to discover the benefits of floral design and put them into practice with a personalised workshop with me, you can find out more here. Contact me if you would like to have a special flower crown like this one for yourself or for someone you love.

This wreath of preserved roses is one of the largest designs in the “Our Daily lives” collection. All the roses are wired together. There is no glue at all. Each rose can be “repositioned” within this floral castle. It reminds me of the typical Cuban women’s flower crowns and it is for sale (shipping worldwide). You just need to contact me.  It is a crown of roses full of strength and power, like Sarah is.

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