ARTIST INTERVIEW

 

Welcome to the second of the The Little Flower Shop Interview Series featuring Inspiring Florists and Artists from around the world. Today we feature the inspiring Spanish Florist Sylvia Bustamante Gubbins who creates freestyle, artistic floral creations and who is about to open The Madrid Flower School. It is always interesting to find out how people start their careers.

 

 

 

 

ARTIST

Sylvia Bustamante Gubbins

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OM

Did you always dream of being a Florist and how did your journey as a Floral Artist begin?

SBG

"I always loved flowers but never dreamt of becoming a designer. It was just four years ago when I was doing my Master Thesis at NewYork University. I realised I needed to do something with my hands. I started with sculpture and not long after I discovered flower workshops. It was like an explosion. The amazing flower market, the level of teachers, the variety in all senses - styles, colours, textures and vases".

OM

Where is your studio located and what style would you say best describes your Floristry?

SBG

"I use to have a studio at home when I lived in New York. Now I live in Spain and in the next months, I will open The Madrid Flower School. There you can learn new and old techniques, work in a safe place where there is no right or wrong, with fresh flowers every day supported by experienced teachers. Plus, all you need to know about styling, social media, dealing with clients and photography".

OM

What does a day look like in the life of Sylvia Bustamante Gubbins?

SBG

"I'm a journalist and as soon as I discovered the flower world, I started the account @floristasdelmundo on Instagram. At that time there was nothing written or published in Spanish. I was amazed by the work of so many designers that I wanted to feature them so the Hispanian people could get to know them, their style and story. I would usually pick a floral designer that I found interesting: it can be the language, the way she looks at the world through flowers, the composition, the uniqueness, the palette, anything. Then I research him or her, sometimes I send them questions based on what I have read. I chose 9 photographs, tag the photographer and people who participate in any way in that event, and publish".

OM

What inspires you creatively?

SBG

"I love the contrast. What is usually considered ugly with classical beauty. It can be a very big or unusual flower, with a soft palette. I missed my garden in Santiago de Chile where I had a lot of plants and vines. Generally, the same flowers that tell me what to do. Or an interesting vase because of the texture or the shape. Also, art in all its forms. I can spend hours in museums trying to retain what the artist captures on the canvas, amazed by the colour combinations".

OM

What are your top three flowers to work with and why?

SBG

"Dahlias and peonies for the same reason: they are show stoppers, the season is short so you are always waiting for them, the colours and varieties are amazing.Then, there is ranunculus. The good ones can last for two or three weeks and their petals can look like exquisite paper. And now we have butterfly ranunculus that has that pearl-like petal".

OM

What is your favourite perfume?

SBG

"I love the sweet pea perfume. If a perfumier invents a perfume with that flower I will be the happiest person".

OM

If you were a flower what would it be and why?

SBG

"I would be a wild poppy. They bring so much joy and I see them in the fields when I travel in Spring.".

OM

What is the highlight of your career to date?

SBG

"I've been published on Magnolia Rouge magazine, interviewed by Amy McGee of Botanical Brouhaha Podcast (this July 8th it will be online), worked with the photographer D'Arcy Benincosa in New York, took workshops with Holly Chapple, Putnam & Putnam, Sinclair & Moore, and many others. But above all, the highlight of my career is the florist friends that I made along the way.".

OM

What advice would you give to people who would like to have a career as an Artist?

SBG

"My experience: floristry is like any other profession. You have to invest time and money in your education".

OM

What does the future look like for Sylvia Bustamante Gubbins?

SBG

"I don't have a shop, but when I step in the space I rent for Madrid Flower School early in the morning, I'm captivated by the light, high ceilings, and the certainty that great designers will walk away with the skills they need to be successful and embracing their own signature style".

 

OM

Thanks so much Sylvia and we look forward to seeing more inspirational floristry on instagram @floristasdelmundo and @sylviabustamante and watch out for The Madrid Flower School opening soon in 2019.