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Ronni Nicole Robinson

FLOWERS AS THE ARTIST'S MUSE: Paper and Plaster

​Ronni Nicole Robinson launched her studio outside Philadelphia in 2016. She

grows and gathers flowers to incorporate in her ethereal art, applying stems, petals, seed heads and leaves to paper and plaster to capture exquisite and subtle details. The resulting pieces resonate with collectors and galleries who are drawn to the delicate, embroidery-like, true-from-nature patterns and raised botanical gestures that dance across the surface of her media.

Inspired by the flowers she grows today as well as 18th century botanists and herbarium collectors, not to mention a passion for timeless blue Wedgewood pottery, Ronni will bring us into her beautiful world. Illustrated lecture, followed by a Q&A. 

Monday, June 27th (Day Two), Illustrated lecture, followed by a Q&A.

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Frances Palmer

FLOWERS AS THE ARTIST'S MUSE: Earthenware, Terra-Cotta, Porcelain

In her book, Life in the Studio, Frances Palmer writes: ". . . I realized early on that the best way to give a sense of scale to the work was to place flowers in the vases. This led me down the path of learning to garden in order to have special blooms expressly for the photos. Besides, getting my hands in the soil was not unlike the sensation of working with clay, and felt quite familiar and satisfying."

Frances will share how explores being both an artist and flower-lover (and grower), and how the two practices are interdependent, each informing and influencing the other. Her story will inspire anyone who wishes to integrate an artist's craft into floral design and flower growing.

Monday, June 27th (Day Two), Illustrated lecture, followed by a Q&A and book-signing.

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TJ McGrath

FLOWERS AS THE ARTIST'S MUSE: Florals with Abandon

Based in Plainfield, N.J., and owner of TJ McGrath Design, TJ McGrath wows clients with unique, fresh, modern floral arrangements. His signature bold, colorful and (primarily) locally-sourced blooms are artfully arranged, utilizing sustainable floristry techniques. 

"My design approach is pretty simple," TJ explains. "There are no real rules in nature, so there are no restrictions or rules in my design. I strive everyday to push beyond my boundaries and to create one-of-a-kind designs that feel modern, whimsical and fresh. I am reaching beyond what I've done thus far to discover engaging new shapes, color palettes, and foraged organics to design with using advanced floral foam free mechanics."

Sunday, June 26th (Day One), TJ will demonstrate and lead large-scale, freestanding, foam-free floral installations during our "Floral Takeover."
 

Monday, June 27th (Day Two), he will demonstrate his distinctive take on centerpiece design using all locally-grown botanicals. 

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Nicole Cordier

SEASONALLY WILD CENTERPIECES 

Nicole Cordier is a gifted floral artist whose influences draw from her training as a geologist and from living and working in close proximity to nature (Colorado, Washington and Hawaii). Her love of plants and flowers is limitless and she sees the beauty and potential in each stem she holds. Her floral designs are always one-of-a-kind collections of texture, color and form, an expression of her playfully wild point of view.

 

Sunday, June 26th (Day One), Nicole will demonstrate and lead centerpiece design during our "Floral Takeover," using all locally-grown botanicals.
 

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Xenia D'Ambrosi

CUTTING GARDENS FOR FLORAL DESIGNERS

We are so grateful to our local host and partner Xenia D'Ambrosi, owner of Sweet Earth Co., based in Pound Ridge, New York. Xenia is an educator and sustainable farmer who first designed and maintained edible gardens in New York's lower Hudson Valley. Demand for locally-grown flowers inspired her to expand Sweet Earth Co.'s gardens with cut flower crops that now supply her wedding and event clients, CSA subscribers and workshops. Inquiries for cutting gardens have expanded her design services to install and teach homeowners interested in growing their own flowers.

 

Sunday, June 26th (Day One), Xenia will share the story of Sweet Earth Co. and demonstrate floral designs with her hyper-local, seasonal blooms.

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Shannon Algiere and Philippe Gouze

THE FLOWERS OF STONE BARNS CENTER & BLUE HILL

Shannon and Philippe are colleagues and co-directors of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture's ARTS & ECOLOGY LAB.

Their joint presentation will set the tone for two full days at this remarkable destination as they share the story of Stone Barns -- the farm, floral agriculture, restaurant and food, as well as floral design and arts/ecology.

Known for its inventive seasonal menu and farm-to-table culinary experience, flowers are an important part of the environment at Blue Hill. 
Philippe's floral designs for weddngs, events and dining at Blue Hill always reflect the season at Stone Barns, and he will draw from the surrounding fields and greenhouses to demonstrate a signature arrangement during the presentation.

Monday, June 27th (Day Two), Illustrated lecture and design demonstration, followed by a Q&A

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Floral Immersion + Farm Tour at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

FLOWERS AS MUSE FOR GROWERS, MAKERS AND DESIGNERS

Celebrating the linkages between artistic practices and farm sustainability, the Arts & Ecology initiative at Stone Barns Center is a studio and R&D center for expanding the connections between agriculture, ecology, and our aesthetic experience of the world.

The Lab nurtures collaborations with floral designers, fiber artists, growers , chefs and makers who are contributing to the beauty, creativity and accessibility of a thriving regional and more sustainable economy 

On Day Three of the Slow Flowers Summit, attendees will experience flowers through five presentations that highlight handcraft rooted in an ecological food culture. Rotating demonstrations will immerse you in Botanical Dyeing with Flowers, Papermaking, Ceramics and Clay, Seasonal Tablescaping and a walking tour of the Farm.

Tuesday, June 28th (Day Three)