Floral hobby turned into an art form
By NADINE FISHER
TURNING natural materials into works of art is the job of floral designer Carolyn Moody-Preston, who has taken her passion for floristry to a whole new level.
Botanic Floral Designers is the business Mrs Moody-Preston began four years ago from her home at Nunderi, near Murwillumbah, however she has been doing it as a hobby for most of her life.
Mrs Moody-Preston described the difference between a florist and a floral designer as "the art element".
"Floral designers look at the space and the design elements including colour, size, shape, texture, balance and symmetry," she said.
"A lot of time goes into research and sketching as well as collecting materials before starting work on the design."
A part-time English teacher at Kingscliff High School, Mrs Moody-Preston said she had been doing this type of designing since she was a young child and is passionate about the art.
"My mother used to do the flower arrangements for the church and as a little kid I would do it too," she said.
"Creativity is the overriding thing and a passion for creating something different."
It would seem that a passion for flowers ran in the family for Mrs Moody-Preston, with relatives in Victoria operating flower farms.
Mrs Moody-Preston said floral design was a niche industry that concentrated on arrangements for special occasions or display.
"I love to create wonderful pieces for people's special occasions," she said.
Mrs Moody-Preston said in floral design Australian natives couldn't be beaten.
"We have an abundance of textural natives and I spend a lot of time gathering materials in the area."
And if you would like the chance to explore your floral design abilities, Mrs Moody-Preston regularly runs workshops. Inquiries to (02) 6672 1043.