She’s an artist who uses flowers (and other surprises like figs and pomegranates) as her palette for creating beautiful floral designs, and we are thrilled that Robyn Rissman of Bare Root Flora has agreed to be the designer for our next F2V dinner.
Recently, we got to catch up with our featured floral designer Robyn to chat about everything from floral inspirations, to the passion for her craft and how she incorporates her designs into some of the most important milestones in her clients’ lives.
F2V: We are so excited to see your design for this year’s dinner in Colorado. Do you have an overall theme for the dinner?
Robyn: I won’t say we have an overall theme for our design. I am known to use food elements in my arrangements. Anyone who knows me knows I always include an artichoke, a pomegranate, a fig or persimmon in my arrangements. It’s just a hallmark of my look and style. I think my style will marry very well with a farm to table dinner especially when it highlights flowers. I am looking to show people how beautifully these two concepts (food and flowers) go together.
F2V: How important is it for you to use American Grown Flowers in your arrangements?
Robyn: It is definitely important to use American Grown Flowers in my arrangements especially for an event like the Field to Vase Dinner Tour. It is so amazing to highlight what is grown in our backyard and how these stunning blooms can make beautiful arrangements. You don’t have to go all around the world to find beautiful flowers. They are grown here in our own larger backyard.
F2V: As a florist, what inspires you?
Robyn: I am totally inspired by the amazing gift that nature gives us to work with. From flowers to foliage to pods, to berries, and grasses, I feel we are given such an extraordinary pallet to paint with. I know nature is one of my greatest inspirations, and I like marrying unusual elements that people don’t necessarily expect to see in flowers. It’s the idea of elevating the flowers into art.
F2V: If you can describe your work in one word, what would it be?
Robyn: Very organic texture. I love unusual, interesting elements. I love to surprise people with what they see in my arrangements.
F2V: What is your story? How did you get started in this industry?
Robyn: So, my degree is in English, and my background is in editing and publishing; it has nothing to do with flowers at all! I spent much of my early professional life wishing for 5 o’clock to come around. It was a terrible way to live. I always envied people who loved to go to work every day and had the feeling of knowing where they were supposed to be. It was not until I found flowers, that I felt that same way. Since then, I have never looked back. I have been doing this for about ten years now, and I feel so lucky every day that I get to work with beautiful living things that bring people joy and comfort. I get to appreciate the seasonal nature of life. I get to enjoy the spare and sparse in beautiful winters, the new beautiful buds of early spring, the lushness of everything that is available in the summer, and the texture and beauty that comes with the fading of things in fall. I appreciate that gift to live seasonally through flowers. Also, I love being a part of our client’s most intimate emotional moments in life; births, deaths, weddings, graduations, and occasions of culture importance. I think that’s an incredible thing that we, as florists, get to share with our clients.
F2V: When it comes to the Field to Vase Dinner Tour, what are your thoughts about being our featured florist?
Robyn: It’s fun to do an event like this on a really incredible piece of property like The Fresh Herb Company. Chet and Kristy’s property is definitely spectacular! It’s an absolute dream to work out there.
F2V: We are so excited that you will be collaborating with Alicia Schwede of Flirty Fleurs, can you describe how you envision your collaboration?
Robyn: It will be an organic process. Flowers have a life and personality of their own. She and I have somewhat different styles but I think we will be able to marry them together really well. I think it will be fun to play around and see what evolves. I have no doubt that it will be really lovely!
F2V: How did you meet Alicia Schwede?
Robyn: We have been working together for about five years. Alicia started working freelance in a shop I had worked at before I started my own business. She was a designer here and ran her Flirty Fleur blog in Denver for several years before she moved up to Seattle. A few years ago, we thought it would be a fun idea to do a print edition of Flirty Fleurs. (I had a background in publishing and editing, and Alicia had an incredible amount of expertise in blogging for our community in Colorado). For the last two years, we both have been co-editors of that print magazine and have built a great professional relationship, but also a wonderful friendship.
F2V: When it comes to being a florist, what do you find most joyful and rewarding of your craft?
Robyn: I love that at the end of the day I can see what I have created. I am so grateful that design is what I do, and I get to create something beautiful for someone else. It feeds my soul creatively and has allowed me to express who I am. That is why I love owning my business. My clients hire me and like what they see, in terms of my personality being reflected in my flowers and how that marries in their own taste and aesthetic. I love getting to put those two things together and hopefully ‘wow’ people. That is why I do what I do.
Catch Robyn and Alicia’s latest collaboration at our next dinner. They will be bringing an organic and playful experience to the table (literally!) for our dinner on Saturday, August 13 at The Fresh Herb Company in Longmont, CO!