WEAVING A NATURAL LIFE
“My greatest inspiration would have to be Mother Nature herself. Honestly — who does it better!”.
In Issue 8 of Junkies we meet with Julia Rose, a green advocate, animal rescuer and florist par excellence.
Julia has worked in the floral industry for 20 years, starting as a junior florist and progressing to the level of astonishing proficiency evident in the images found in our latest issue. Somewhere during that trajectory she took five years out to live in the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, a profound experience that engendered a deep respect in her for the natural world. “I lived a very natural, organic and low impact life”, she tells us.
Julia soon grew a passion for creating floral art. Not content with confining her floral artistry to the usual wreaths and posies, Julia began to create gowns from flowers — “just for the love of it!”.
Julia’s models, swathed in twigs and leaves, moss and vines, appear almost to have stepped out of the pages of some fantastic fairytale.
“My passion for art from organic matter grew from there”, Julia says. “My greatest inspiration would have to be Mother Nature herself. Honestly — who does it better!”.
Not only does Julia use the bounty of the natural world in the creation of her floral arrangements, she also repays her debt to nature by implementing a range of eco-friendly policies in her work. “All of our greenery and off cuts are mulched and returned back into the compost”, she says. “The cardboard boxes are either soaked down and mulched or recycled for packing purpose Julia also collects seeds from flowers grown on the property to re-harvest, as well as taking cuttings for propagation. Water used during the floral assembly process is recycled from buckets into the garden.
We are proud to feature Julia Rose’s signature floral artistry in Issue 8 of Junkies. She exemplifies all the qualities that we celebrate and value: treading lightly in our world and drawing inspiration from nature to create works of great ephemeral beauty.
Julia works her floristry magic using twigs, ferns, feathers, moss and other organic matter to create stunning floral arrangements. But Julia also has another passion: her quite substantial menagerie of rescue animals which currently include a dog, chickens, a rooster, a goose and two parrots.
To read more about Julia's remarkable story and to see more of her spectacular works, take a look at issue 8 of Junkies.
Photography by Cloudcatcher
Model - @missmolliegilbert