Spring has sprung! To celebrate we invited Lindsey Housel, Manager of Digital Engagement Programs at the Denver Art Museum, to create a fresh Pairing of artworks and flower arrangements.
About Lindsey: Shrubs, trees, plants and flowers have been a part of my life in a big way since I was a kid growing up in Oregon and I have my dad to thank for that. He had (still does) a small landscape business complete with a fleet of lawnmowers, acres of Japanese maples, greenhouses filled with hinoki cypress and seasonal blooms. Our own yard showcased the most beautiful rhododendrons, roses, and azaleas. My memories are vivid with trillium blooms peeking out from the forest floor, tulips happily announcing Spring and fragrant hyacinth peeping up from the black, rich soil. Today those memories feed into a love, no… obsession, with floral design and perfumery. I sneak these things into every free moment I have outside of my work at the Denver Art Museum and even manage to sneak it into our programs every once in a while!
About Lindsey’s Pairings: Each of the artworks inspired me in different ways but I knew from the beginning I wanted to choose floral designs that mirrored the artwork. The bamboo screen begged for a pairing that mimicked it’s structure and form—I challenged myself to think beyond a bamboo based design; the Spring tapestry demanded arrangements dripping with color and abundance—so I went with the naturalistic arrangements of Sarah Ryhanen and Amy Merrick and threw in a weeping willow for good measure; the velvet bathrobes were meant to be paired with the velvety texture and confidence of the deep purple iris; while the war shirt requested single blooms gathered from the field; and finally the vase practically taunted me to try and find an arrangement that would complement its iridescence, color palette and shape.