IN CONVERSATION WITH ARI, FLORAL ARTIST AND ‘WOMAN OF RECORD’
To celebrate the launch of our Performance Towels in Flora, we sat down with floral artist and 'woman of record', Ahrang An or Ari.
Ari is a floral artist currently moving between Seoul and Texas. Her work explores the relationship between nature and humans, often combining contrasting elements such as steel wires and delicate dandelions to convey emotion.
Inspired by the fragility of flowers, she creates beauty from impermanence while applying this mindset to her own daily life. In a conversation for Flowe Journal, we ask Ari about her growth as a florist, the creative process behind her art, and rituals that keep her grounded.
AND WHERE DO YOU USUALLY SEEK INSPIRATION?
Many artists want to talk about the same things as me. I get inspired by their life and works. They form my mood and I add moments of my life to it. After that, I start talking from my perspective.
DID YOU ENCOUNTER ANY OBSTACLES IN YOUR JOURNEY AS A FLORIST? HOW DID THESE HELP SHAPE YOUR CRAFT?
Obstacles... are my skills! You know, the life of a flower is very short and fragile. I always work with that in mind. When working, quick judgement and decisions are important. I try not to get stressed out as much as possible. And I try to keep their beauty long enough after my work. The process called 'conditioning' is also really important, as it actually prolongs the flower's life.