Thursday, September 25, 2014

You Can Heal the Waters: New Installation in Fuquay-Varina

Renee Leverty of Pleidies Gallery Durham ( and I completed the installation Tuesday  for the Fuquay-Varina Downtown and Open Art Society collaboration , placing artists work in downtown storefronts.  Kelly Knapp also assisted in the creation.  Inspired by the theme of water in the call for proposals and the rich history of the town, we created You Can Heal the Waters at Family Optical on Broad St. Many thanks to Heather Allen, Jessica Moore, and Naomi Riley for making this happen!

The installation is inspired by the work of Dr. Masaru Emoto, from Japan, who studied the effects of words, thoughts, prayers and music on water. (  He believes that being, made of water, we can consciously alter it.  In the installation, there are bottles filled with water with words like love, prayer, joy,and  forgive hoping to inspire the viewer to project their positive consciousness on the water in the bottles that will then go into the creek by the original Fuquay healing spring and will flow to the sea, carrying the healing intentions with it.  Inside of the office,  you can also add your intentions , words, or wishes for the water.

The sculpture and drawings evoke the flow of water in the Cape Fear River Basin, which Fuquay -Varina and surrounding creeks are a part of.  Local advocates of this watershed can be found at The Cape fear River watch: 

"The Cape Fear River watershed is the largest in North Carolina, covering over 9,100 square miles of the U.S. in east central North Carolina. The Cape Fear is the only major river in the state to flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean, entering the ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. The Cape Fear River watershed is an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem, home to a wide range of plant and animal life, including ancient cypress trees, alligators, otters, black bear, a large variety of birds and a host of fish species. Cape Fear River Watch strives to protect this beautiful ecosystem for future generations to enjoy."

There are things you can do to heal the waters everyday such as conserving water, keeping plastic off the street and out of the storm drains, leaving a riparian buffer to filter run off around waterways (, and planting a chemical free lawn and garden.  

Water is life for all and we should protect our waterways everywhere, from the rivers to the sea, where all of the waters flow.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flowers for Events and Orders

I am an artist, educator and flower grower and designer in Durham, NC.  
I provide fresh, bee friendly arrangements and botanical designs for locations and events.  I can work within your budget and vision to provide organically grown/sustainably sourced seasonal arrangements, installations and bouquets.   I take an artistic, individual approach and create designs based on synthesizing the client's venue and vision with current gifts from nature.  I can provide designs for events, workplaces, restaurants  or just something special for any occasion.  Send me a message or give me a call: 919-828-5073 /

All events are eco-friendly and provide the recycling and composting of containers and materials used.  Designs can be derived from things such as:  elegant and natural cascading forms, native NC farm and field, Ikebana /Asian inspired simplicity.  Beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres, table details  and more are all possible , using seasonal, local and sustainable flowers and plants.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts of Peonies and Iris

The onslaught of continuous cold weather in April created flower choices recently unusual for mid May.  These Mother's Day arrangements
peonies and iris were a pleasure to provide for Pine State Flowers :

These iris ikebanas were made for the mothers of Parker and Otis!

Botan is the japanese word for peony and working with these takes you to asian gardens of long ago!  

Monday, May 5, 2014

lee attracting birds and bees at The Makery at Mercury Studio

I joined  a wonderful community of makers and curators  called The Makery @ MercuryStudio  as a vendor providing art, textiles and fresh flowers and arrangements.

 I am there every Wednesday from 3-8pm with fresh arrangements so please come by.The Makery: , 401 W. Geer St Durham NC 27701

I  also have enjoyed incorporating blossoms from local, sustainable  farms in arrangements and bouquets. These ranunculus are from Sassafras Fork Farm they were a wonderful addition to the bouquets and brought us through the long extended cold weather

Another great local farm is Waterdog Farms