Honoring Nathan Durkee and the elements

Honoring Nathan Durkee and the elements

For the celebration of Nathan’s life I wanted to provide grounded and uplifting floral arrangements custom designed in memory of Nate. Designs were inspired by nature and influenced by the Japanese Ikebana floral style to create simple yet stylized designs that were both elegant and masculine. I chose colors that were earthy monochromatic tones in creams and white, burgundy, browns and black & greens and yellows with accents of blue.

Nate’s mom wanted to keep the flowers really casual and I wanted to incorporate Nate’s great love of music (Nate was my inspiration for the Swap Beat party). I designed two different centerpieces, one using water in glass and one using air in wood. The floral elements that I used for the wet arrangements were: Asiatic lily’s, blooming branches, iris, daffodil, protea, lily grass, variegated pittisporum, curly willow, monkey tail fern and a music cd. For the alternating centerpiece I used antique sheet music, wire, tilandsia (air plants), blooming branches, and daffodil.

At the entrance to the center is a large, beautiful, 18th century wood table. For this space, an antique Asian trout basket and a baseball mitt became the perfect floral vessels to honor Nate’s huckleberry fin sense of adventure. I drew my inspiration for the flowers in these pieces from a photograph of Nate holding a gathered bouquet of wildflowers at his family cabin in Humbug, CA.

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