Frances Palmer is a renowned potter, gardener, photographer, cook, and beekeeper. Over the course of three decades, she has caught the attention not only of the countless people who collect and use her ceramics but also of designers and design lovers.
Her pieces have been carried in dozens of stores and galleries, among them Barneys New York, Takashimaya, and the Neue Galerie. They have recently been exhibited at Object & Thing and her photographs at Wave Hill Garden in the Bronx. Frances has made special limited collections for Moda Operandi, Aerin Lauder, and MARCH in San Francisco.
In 2020, Artisan Books published Frances' Life In the Studio. The book is as beautiful and unexpected as Palmer's pottery, as breathtakingly colorful as her celebrated dahlias, and as intimate as the dinners she hosts in her studio for friends and family.
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RONNI NICOLE ROBINSON
Ever since she was a little girl, Ronni Nicole was enchanted by flowers. She would walk to church holding her grandmother’s hand and stop to pick a dandelion peeking out from the cracks in the sidewalks of her Philadelphia neighborhood. She's a country girl at heart who grew up and spent most of her life in cities, but she has also lived on an island in the Atlantic and the mountaintops of the West. No matter her location, Ronni Nicole's happy place is when she's surrounded by nature, creating art. She has always made things, but years ago she pressed her first flower and saw the beauty in a moment suspended in time. She's been creating flower fossils in plaster and paper ever since. She now calls herself an artist and pursues art full time. "I'm humbled because I’m incredibly privileged to spend my days bringing beauty into others' days," she says. "And, most of all, I'm humbled by the community of people who have supported me along my journey, from my first wobbly steps as a budding artist to my garden clog-shod steps as a creative entrepreneur."
Nicole Cordier returns to the Slow Flowers Summit after speaking at the very first conference in Seattle in 2017. She is a floral designer and shop manager at Grace Flowers Hawaii as well as botanical artist for Cordier Botanical Art. From a multitude of states in the continental U.S. and now living on the Big Island of Hawaii, Nicole strives to examine the interactions between different forms of light with different forms of flowers and foliages. She was the first manager of the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. While living in Seattle, Nicole debuted a floral installation called "Prism Project" and collaborated with Rizinano Reyes on a floral installation for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, earning the People's Choice Award.
Nicole's floral art is featured on the cover of BLOOM Imprint's forthcoming book, Black Flora, by Teresa J. Speight.
TJ McGrath creates unique, fresh, modern floral designs that are available through a weekly and bi-weekly subscription program. He offers florals for corporate events and parties, intimate gatherings and styling and promotional campaigns.
TJ's design approach is pretty simple: there are no real rules in nature, so there are no restrictions or rules in his designs. "I strive everyday to push beyond my boundaries and to create one of a kind designs that feel modern, whimsical and fresh. I'm 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," he says.
Committed to fostering a community that is inclusive as well as environmentally and socially aware, TJ believes a sustainable floristry industry is achievable and it starts at home. He has and continues to seek out and support the local flower farming community where he lives in New Jersey.
Xenia D'Ambrosi is lead designer and farmer-florist at Sweet Earth Co., based in Pound Ridge, New York.
Originally a city girl, she found her calling amidst flower fields and gardens, paying homage to a history of generations of land stewardship and farming engrained in her DNA.
Having her hands in the soil brought healing and ignited her passion for sustainable gardening and horticulture. In 2012 Xenia started Sweet Earth Co., which specializes in growing specialty cut flowers and herbs, and in garden and floral design and installations.
Shannon Algiere, Arts & Ecology Co-Director at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, brings over 25 years of experience in holistic farm design, crops production, garden and greenhouse management and farm-based education.
She was introduced to an agrarian lifestyle as a young girl, frolicking in strawberry fields and peach orchards and showing goats and rabbits at local fairs. Shannon attended University of Rhode Island, was an outdoor educator at Denison Pequot Nature Center, Greenhouse Manager at Meadowbrook Herb Garden and White Gate Farm and a volunteer for the Costa Rican National Park Service.
Along with her husband Jack, she moved to Westchester County NY in 2004 to support the development of the Stone Barns Center farm operations.
She has worked to promote sustainable models in the floral industry by celebrating the elegance and ecology of connecting regional grower economies with designers, and has led training and workshops on growing and marketing cut flowers at NOFA, Stone Barns Center’s Young Farmer’s and Cooks Conference and Oregon State University Small Farms conference. She has also written articles and been interviewed for her work at the intersection of farming and health & wellness.
Philippe Gouze is the Floral Designer and Director of Operations of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, as well as the Co-Director of the Arts & Ecology initiative at Stone Barns Center.
Philippe lives in Rockland County with his husband and a rotating cast of cats, dogs, and chickens. Philippe spent the last 20 years developing extensive perennial flower gardens and borders, a woodland garden, an abundant vegetable garden, an orchard, and a greenhouse housing his collection of orchids, ferns, succulents, and palm trees.
Lacking any formal training or experience in floral design, Philippe’s passion for gardening and respect of nature inspire his creations, which range from large scale installations in the restaurant to organic arrangements for events, always honoring the seasonal flora of the Hudson Valley.
FLORAL IMMERSION ARTISTS
CONNOR McGINN | Clay
NATALIA WOODWARD | Papermaking
GLYNNIS COTTON | Botanical Dying with Flowers
DANIEL BARTUSH | Farm Tour
LAURA PERKINS | Farm Tour
PHILIPPE GOUZE | Seasonal Tablescapes
Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the online directory to American grown farms, florists, shops and studios who supply domestic and local flowers. Each Wednesday, approximately 2,500 listeners tune into Debra's "Slow Flowers Podcast," available for free downloads at her web site, debraprinzing.com, or on iTunes and via other podcast services.
She is the creator of American Flowers Week, launched during the July 4th week in 2015 with more than 5.0 million social media impressions in 2017. Debra has authored 12 books, including Slow Flowers and The 50 Mile Bouquet.
Debra is editorial director and co-founder with Robin Avni of BLOOM Imprint, a boutique publisher that identifies and develops creative book ideas by and about members of the Slow Flowers Movement.