“I love Monte Amiata. To gather inspiration in any season, I just take a walk anywhere around here.”
Beatrice owns a golden touch and an eye for design when it comes to weaving together the flowers, plants and grasses that grow in abundance in the Monte Amiata region. Her floral creations for weddings are spectacular, though the standouts arguably remain her understated wildflower arrangements and wreaths, and her minimalistic centrepieces and mantelpiece sculptures that fall in step with the seasons.
Arriving a little later to her profession, at the age of 35, a friend urged Beatrice to follow her passion for plants and landscape of her southern Tuscan home. She obtained her diploma from the Scuola Italiana Arte Floreale in Siena, under the tutelage of a teacher from Perugia.
Composition of an arrangement, Beatrice says, stands as aesthetically important as it would a painting, perhaps more so due to the ephemeral nature: while the changes that a painting or drawing undergo are more subtle, a composition consisting of plants and flowers will change moment to moment.
And floral arranging, I learned, is an holistic art – it’s not solely about the aesthetics of decorative design and matching colour to a bride’s desires, but also an in depth respect for the plant, its history and a largely scientific aspect that covers plant life cycle, season, soil, illnesses and pests. Beatrice says that it opened her eyes to how the universe of plants and what they tell us – in their abundance or scarcity, their health, or if they arrive early or late in the season – are all clear markers in how our world is changing.
On the art history side, Beatrice is intrigued by the presence of flowers in art throughout history, how the various floral fashions evolved from epoch to epoch, depicted in ancient frescos through to baroque paintings, and all the way to the present day and the stunningly photographed compositions found on Instagram. Evident is the fact that flower and plant arrangement has been present as an art form, beyond the tradition of decoration for wedding ceremonies and home decoration, for centuries.
Beatrice is currently looking at ways she can combine her craft with the artistic talents of others. In 2015 collaborated with Laura Fabbiani and Maddalena Sanfilippo to create sculptural pieces inspired by the works of 16th Century Italian painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The version diectly below was exhibited at the 2015 Expo in Milan.
Profilo in Italiano arrivo
*Photographs © Beatrice Ramirez.