Featured Artist – Juliet Bennett

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What is your typical process when working? 

As I grow all the flowers I work with my arrangements are guided by what is actually in season and how they look on the day.  I tend to pick the flowers and create in the vase rather than decide what I’m going to do before as each flower behaves differently and its all about the textures and colours on the day.   Often one twisted branch foraged from the fields or wayward stem of meadow flowers can be the back bone of the whole piece and the rest just falls into place.   It’s very much how I used to work when making hats before I became a florist.

What is it that attracted you to the Winter Pride UK 2014 Art Awards? 

A chance to create something more extraordinary than usually requested by a client and to take something that is essentially very country right into the heart of the city.

How do you feel your work responds to the brief ‘#Art Is…’ to be appreciated by others – it should make your heart sing when you see a beautiful arrangement of flowers.

2014-08-22 18.12.03Who or what is your biggest inspiration?     

My husband who is a genius plants man and his beautiful nursery from which I “steal/borrow ” all his wonderful and very unusual flowers.


What are you most looking forward to at Winter Pride UK?

Looking forward to seeing everybody’s else work and getting out of my wellies into some dancing shoes.

Interview by Alice Botham, Winter Pride UK Arts Co-ordinator


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