fluro flora

October 25, 2011  in flowers

I use my camera for sketching ideas like I do with pencil and paper. Just playing and experimenting with objects and visuals that have popped into my head and thoughts for future ideas and projects in my work. These pictures were sparked off by my previous post where I had stitched fluorescent berries onto my embroidered design. It gave me the idea to play games with nature and add neon colour pops to real sprigs of berries and hydrangeas picked from the garden, just to see how it looked. I thought I would share my photo sketches with you as they are the beginning of ideas that will undoubtedly be developed and taken in new directions.

I don’t think I would want to do this to a whole bunch of bought flowers at home but the flowers and berries I used were straight from my small London garden – it is amazing what you can find once you start looking. A small sprig treated in this way would be perfect for a dinner party, with a small arrangement by each place setting, or on wedding tables as decoration. It adds an unusual little surprise and warrants closer inspection. I used acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to add the colour and glued pink leaves cut from felt. Painting is easiest on pale flowers like the white hydrangea but darker coloured flowers and berries work too, they just need a couple of coats of paint.


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  1. elisa says:

    fabulous, i love the images. x

  2. Just absolutely brilliant….I love this idea so much. I am so happy to see that you are blogging, having been a fan of yours for awhile now. Just gorgeous and I am enjoying catching up with all your posts & a cup of coffee. 🙂

  3. Rona says:

    Thank you for your lovely blog post – such an original idea! I had to look twice at your photos to work out exactly how you’d achieved this quirky effect…

  4. annabel says:

    Hello. I absolutely love the black berries against the dusky blue book. So much so that I’ve pinned it to Pinterest! Stunning.

  5. Nessa says:

    Beautiful! im currently making some felted flower rings and brooches and these are some of the colours im experimenting with.

    Thank you sania


  6. Sania, I’m really enjoying your blog, found it via BYW as so many others. I added your book to my “What Jenni Wants for Christmas” file I pasted on my husband’s desktop 😉

  7. Liz says:

    OMG!Ihave found you on Byw and I was so curious!
    Your photos and style are pretty amazing!
    Good job, really!

  8. I love this post, Sania. the photos are simple yet very inspiring.

  9. Eeli says:

    Hello from BYW! I hope You are enjoying the class as I do!
    You have very beautiful blog!
    Enjoy the week! Eeli

  10. Kathryn says:

    Hi Sania,

    I just found your gorgeous blog via BYW.

    Your photos and style are fabulous, you’re one talented lady!

    Lovely to find you.

    Kathryn xx

  11. Lauren says:

    Hello from another BYW-er! Your blog is just stunning, and I am so glad to have found it. I look forward to coming back here for more inspiration! Now I’m off to do some Pinning! xo

  12. Nordljus says:

    What a wonderful idea! They look fantastic! (Found your blog through BYW)

  13. Sania… these are stunning! I love the contradiction of the natural textures and colors on the sprigs and the obviously man-made spots of neon paint. They make for a striking pairing! Now, I’ve got all kinds of ideas running around in my head. Thanks for sharing!

    (By the way, I’m visiting from BYW and am so happy I found your blog and work. I just love everything you are doing and the aesthetic you have cultivated here on your blog.)

  14. leah says:

    Sania, the flowers are stunning. Just enough pink for a ‘happy neon hit’.
    Your photos and styling are beautiful xxx

  15. Kinga says:

    These photos make my heart grow two sizes…that dark branch on the blue book is delicious!
    Soooo good!

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  17. Wow, this is soooo beautiful. And creative. 🙂

  18. Tina says:

    Love all flowers zoo muchly!!!

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  20. Sania Pell says:

    Such sweet comments! Thank you so much everyone. I really enjoyed making these photos and it’s lovely to know you like them.

  21. KAAM says:

    They took my breath away so beautiful!

  22. these are so gorgeous ~ what a creative idea!!
    xoxo ~ kristina

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Sania Pell freelance interior stylist London.

Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.

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