Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Meet the Locals: Flower Loveliness from Pyrus

Photo: Ann Kathrin-Koch Photography
I first came across the gorgeous nature-inspired wedding and event styling and botanical installations of Pyrus when I got lost down a classic "Instagram rabbit hole" on my bus journey to work one day. 20 minutes of scrolling through their gorgeous flower-filled feed later, and I was in love. Wind forward a couple of months and I'm running around one of their workshops like a puppy in a pile of leaves, arms full of lovely just-foraged foresty goodies ready to transform into an autumn wreath (and not a supermarket tulip in sight). So when Katey, Jen and I decided we'd love to do a wee "Meet the Locals" series on the blog about our favourite local businesses and the talented people behind them, I immediately knew I wanted to feature Edinburgh's very own advocates of the new flower power.

A huge thanks Fiona and Natalya of Pyrus for the interview! (and check out the end of the post for details on upcoming workshops!)

(1) We would love to hear a bit about how Pyrus started. When did it begin and what inspired you? 

Pyrus is Fiona Inglis and Natalya Ayers. It all began in 2011 when we took on a walled garden in East Lothian. Having progressed from art school to floristry, we shared a love of locally-grown and British flowers, having becoming tired of the lack of seasonality and variety available from the Dutch suppliers.  It was virtually impossible to buy the unusual or specialist British flowers we wanted for our work, so we decided to grow our own.

(2) What makes Pyrus unique?

We are studio florists which makes us different from a high street florist and specialise in creative weddings and events. We are not bound to a shop and spend a long time finding the right flowers and materials, focusing on the little details and botanical treasures which makes an event so special.  We like to think our uniqueness lies in our love of everything in the natural world and we don't restrict ourselves to just flowers in our work.  We will use anything that we find that has the right aesthetic, from wings and bones, mosses and lichens, to seaweed, branches and even weeds. If it has a natural beauty then we put it to use.
Photos: Left - Ann Kathrin-Koch Photography; Right - Caro Weiss
(3) What plans for the business do you have coming up?

We are actually planning a flower revolution! We want to make local flowers accessible to the wider market; not only are there multiple environmental issues in the flower industry (over 90% of flower shop flowers come from all over the world, heavily sprayed with herbicides and pesticides and transported in articulated trucks) we also firmly believe that local flowers are far more beautiful then their mass produced cousins, often with an intoxicating scent.  We are finishing off our working year with a stint in London at Christmas and then the planning starts for new creative projects in 2015.
Photo:Zoe
(4) What are you most excited about for the autumn and winter?

Autumn is our favourite season by far; the glorious colours and texture of the berries, seed heads and leaves stop us in our tracks and the low light in the sky makes everything appear magical. The truth is that Autumn is exciting enough for us in itself!  This winter we are looking forward to displaying our newly honed taxidermy skills and incorporating lots of ethically sourced wings into an installation for a wonderfully adventurous and creative bride.

(5) What are your top tips for anyone who wanted to create a little Pyrus-inspired styling in their own home?

At home we tend to keep things simple. We'd suggest a few simple stems of something foraged, look for flowers and foliage that are full of movement with lovely bendy shapes, imperfect qualities that stand out from commercially grown blooms.  A scattering of conkers, shells or cones are always a nice botanical touch and a large, lichen covered branch will provide a focal point above a fireplace or on a shelf.


Photo: Caro Weiss
(6) When not tending to your beautiful garden, what are your top Edinburgh spots to visit?

We are big fans of Blackfriars - good drinks and amazing food.  If you haven't tried the amazing chocolate by Edward and Irwyn this is a must - chocolate to die for made by very talented ladies. We spend a lot of time in Lovecrumbs for their amazing cake and coffee and Gardener's Cottage is a great little gem for delicious food and relaxed atmosphere.   Can you tell we like our food?!  For shopping, head to the Century General Store in Marchmont which stocks a great range of unusual gifts and magazines. Edinburgh has so many wonderful, creative independent businesses that we could give you a whole top ten and more besides.
Photos: Left - Zoe; Right - Caro Weiss
(7) What's your favourite natural space or area in Edinburgh?

Edinburgh is blessed with lots of natural spaces; Arthur's seat on a windy day always clears the cobwebs out and gives you such a great view of the city, surrounded by naturalised plants and trees. However, nothing make us happier than seeing a little flower peeping through a crack in the pavement in the middle of the bustling, urban sprawl . Nature will always win out in the end.


Photo: Craig and Eva Sanders Photography
A huge thank you again to the incredibly talented and lovely Pyrus team for sharing their inspiration, tips and gorgeous shots with us!

Pyrus will be running workshops at Coulson on Friday 28th November (garlands) and Friday 5th and Sunday 7th December (wreaths) - email info@coulston.co.uk to book or you can join their city centre wreath workshop at Lovecrumbs on Thursday 11th December - email yoohoo@lovecrumbs.co.uk to get your place - it's well worth it!

You can also follow/drool over their beautiful creations on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. Let the Flower Revolution commence!

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