Every year The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Garden Study Club of New Orleans partner to host Art in Bloom - a multi-day event where New Orleans designers, artists, and flower designers artistically display exhibits that exemplify their style in some form or another. This year the theme was "Life in Color" and of course at perch. we LOVE colour,
so we were very excited to participate for the third year in a row!
Jack and I started with a wild brainstorming session dreaming up the best materials to make up the space. Jack had the insane but brilliant idea to use ping pong balls to create a sculptural shag carpet. We did the calculations based on the space and found we would need over 11,000 to fill it up! And that we did.
We hot glued each ping pong ball on top of golf tees which we punched into dried flower oasis so they would stand up & add height. Our friend Caroline Seale helped us immensely and actually took these photos of our preliminary work.
very cool photo by Caroline Seale of our ping pong madness.
Next we took out dried oasis punched with our pingpong balls on golf tees and sprayed bright yellowy green to go with the theme of Life In Color.
I found this fabulous brand new paint by Liquitex available at Michael's Craft Stores. I highly recommend it! It is an aerosol acrylic!! and comes in gorgeous colours.
Yours truly (Caroline Robert) spraying more ping pong balls!
arranging the balls on the oasis.
We layered out our sprayed sheets of ping pong balls and arranged them to create a textural yellowy green palate of color.
We used a brand new fabric by Fabricut and had our workroom create a gorgeous coverlet to go on our stunning tree bed by local metalsmith David Rockhold as the center piece.
To add "something old" to our eclectic mix of furnishings for the installation, we used this gorgeous antique painted side table I found at the Neal Auction.
The patron party celebrating Art In Bloom was delightful.
Kara French & Jack on the way to the festivities.
moi with our designated driver Greg.
Jack, Caroline Robert, & Caroline Seale
Art in Bloom Co-Chair Jennifer Charpentier & Jack Mayberry looking gorgeous.
My flower arrangement for the installation filled with agapanthus, forsythia, white & pink roses.
(this photo & others at the museum are courtesy of Elizabeth Soland
Communications Assistant New Orleans Museum of Art)
We were so pleased with the end result. All of our hard work and planning was well worth it!
Now the question is, what to do next year??
The Art in Bloom exhibits will be up at The New Orleans Museum of Art through the weekend, so go by and see!