You probably know by now that I love getting out in nature, which is lucky, as rain or shine I’m out on Hampstead Heath with Ted (my adorable, full of beans Australian labradoodle).
I find being outdoors surrounded by Mother Nature clears my brain, helps me stay positive and inspires my designs in ways that Googling just can’t beat. And being able to craft pieces that say something about the wearer too makes it even more meaningful.
So if you’re looking at my new collection, here’s a little guide to what each flower symbolises when you wear it – plus I’ve added some new pieces this week which I think you’ll love :)
One of the most intricate flowers around, the Dahlia symbolises positive change, inner strength and dignity. I was inspired to create my Dahlia pieces as my Mum grows them in her garden and I loved their big pom pom heads, standing so tall and proud, and the fact they represent such optimism is exactly what we could all do with right now.
I love seeing wild poppies when I’m out with Ted – They're my favourite ruby red colour, and the way their delicate petals move in the breeze is just the cutest. Unsurprisingly, poppies symbolise peace, remembrance and resurrection, and as many customers have bought them to remember important people and times, I’ve done my utmost to capture their essence in every piece.
Anyone who knows me knows I adore roses. I spent an entire day in the Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park studying their form for this collection (home to over 12,000 of them). While you likely already know roses symbolise love and romance, they can also represent promise and new beginnings, too - perfect when you want to mark a new phase in life.
I love wandering down the The Cherry Walk in Kew Gardens, it’s lined with stunning cherry blossom trees - one of my favourite trees ever. Symbolising a time of renewal and the fleeting nature of life, in Japan they also mean good fortune and are seen as omens of good things to come.
Ok, you’re probably thinking I’ve lost the plot a bit here, but green leaves are genuinely inspiring. Symbols of hope, renewal and personal growth. Their different shades and shapes always makes me feel calm and at peace.
Hope you’re feeling a little more inspired and enlightened after that. And remember, if you want a piece that symbolises something close to your heart, I can also take on commissions.
In the meantime, enjoy our mini heatwave, give yourself some time under the shade of a tree and find your own bit of inspiration :)
Lee Renee x