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Art & Life with Sarah Harvell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Harvell.

Sarah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I am originally from the East Coast. I relocated to California almost six months ago in hopes of expanding my craft and working with other floral designers. (LA also has the best flower market in the U.S)! I’m currently a freelance florist, I assist floral designers with carrying out their projects as well as tending to my own side business by the name of Warm Flowers. My journey into the flower industry began three years ago, my first job in the business was delivering arrangements around Richmond, Virginia. However, my interest in flowers began long before that. It started off with admiration; constantly taking photos, clipping images and buying myself and others flowers. The act of giving something so temporary with sentimental value was very romantic and appealing to me. It wasn’t until recent years where I started to become inspired by the texture, shape, and symmetry flowers have to offer. I started viewing flowers as instruments for a bigger picture that I wanted to create…and here we are today!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I identify as a multimedia artist, but I believe my flower arrangements are the truest extension of myself. They’re definitely what I feel most proud showcasing.

I get really bored, therefore I always want to try new mediums. I’ve practiced collage art, painting, illustration, film photography, screen printing, and I’ve even put out a few photo books. BUT, flowers constantly inspire me and never get old. There’s always a new color, a new variety, a new style of design. The list goes on. Walking outside and seeing new landscapes is something I truly value and I feel so grateful to have found love in floral design. When designing I usually go off of a particular theme or color, I also really enjoy using funky vases and let that guide the direction the arrangement goes in. I like to intersect the free-flowing lines of nature with sculpture. I strive to encompass themes of warm and familiar throughout all bodies of work by fully acknowledging that flowers and plants alike have a movement of their own, therefore only adding to a pre-existing shape.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
I’ve definitely experienced other artists in the same craft being standoffish like they don’t want to share their secrets or tricks of the trade…and honestly, I get it. Being excellent at your craft takes time and dedication and its usually a labor of love that doesn’t always immediately pay off. BUT with that being said, it never hurts to ask questions and reach out. Genuine intentions don’t go unnoticed. I am grateful for most of the artists I’ve met in the flower industry in LA, I learn from them everyday.

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Image Credit:
black and white horizontal (personal photo) – Rebecca Burt
https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaburtphoto/;
Green TinType – Emily White https://www.instagram.com/tintype_rva/;
Portrait Holding Red Flowers – Farrah Fox https://www.instagram.com/farrahfox/

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