Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Floral designer Marie-Francoise Deprez has elevated floral design to an art form. Single-handedly, she has raised the bar as to how all floral designers will be judged.
With a beguiling, zen-like simplicity, her designs express the very essence of the floral materials with which she is working. She creates perfect pairings between the selected containers and the florals. If floral designs were compared to fashion, her work would be haute couture.
While most floral designs are meant to blend into interior décor scenes, hers leaps out to grab your attention.
Deprez is renowned worldwide as a leading floral designer. She has received numerous national and international awards for her work. As a teacher of floral design, she has a large following.
Deprez recently released a breathtaking book that showcases her work. “Passion Florale” was published by La Taillanderie, a French firm. This trilingual edition includes text in French, Japanese, and English.
The museum-quality photography is by renowned photographer Gerald Gambier. The book features lush, full page color photos of each design. In each of the color plates, the design is lit and exhibited to reveal its exquisite beauty. If these photos were available as art prints, they would definitely be best sellers.
Each design is more beautiful than the one before, so I found it very hard to choose a favorite. Resembling sculptures featuring a perfect pairing of the vessel with carefully selected floral materials, the style of presentation is cutting edge. Somehow, this designer manages to exploit the floral material to its very limit in a very heartfelt way.
In the appendix, the author explains the kinds of floral materials that were used in each of the designs.
If I were to change anything about this book, I would want more details about the author. The back cover contains an account in French with no translation. This serves to leave English readers hungry for more details, such as what attracted her to floral design, how she chooses her materials, and how she gets her inspiration.
Would I recommend her book? Yes, yes, yes. Anyone wishing to study with her may have a long wait as this title should bring her to the forefront of floral design.