Twig & Arrow is a mother-daughter team, Mindy and Gretta Dalzell.
What is your day job?
We are a local floral design studio, specialising in Weddings, Events and Floral Workshops.
What is your connection to Vic Books?
We, along with Wellington locals, love Vic Books as a place to catch up over coffee and grab a book or two while we're there!
What are you working on at the moment?
We are currently working on a large floral installation project for a new cafe over in the eastern suburbs, numerous commissions for our Everlasting dried flower arrangements, and our weekly wedding clients of course.
You describe Twig & Arrow as botanical design, what do you love about floral arrangement? Why flowers over other design mediums?
We describe ourselves as Botanical Stylists as we don't just work with flowers, we work with everything from living plants, cut foliage and dried flowers. Flowers have always been a long time luxury addition to any event, and bring the outdoors in to soften spaces.
Tell us a little bit about the workshops you offer - what kinds of skills do they teach attendees?
We host floral workshops as a way to educate the local hobbyist, flower lover or artist on everything from flower prep and care to arranging and staging. We offer a fun, relaxing, encouraging and accepting environment for anyone to create in.
What are your favourite kinds of arrangements to make? Why? What kinds of flowers are your favourite to work with?
Installations are definitely something we love creating. Each one is so unique and special. Working with flora on a large scale is such an impressive way to ground a room. Our favourite flowers at the moment are definitely Tulips or Anemone's - two varieties that really hold their own in winter.
What can a floral arrangement or posey add to a home or workplace?
A floral arrangement can be a really interesting way to soften a space that would otherwise be quite cold or corporate feeling - particularly in the workplace. Flowers add a really great sense of life to the space and embracing a pop of colour by way of flowers or foliage is perfect to bring something interesting to the room.
Where do you get inspiration for new design directions?
We find inspiration from nature or architecture. A lot of the time, gardens bring us a great deal of inspiration too. Fashion is another big one for us, especially in terms of on-trend colour and style. We try to seek inspiration from places other than the regular places like Instagram and Pinterest etc. I think it's what keeps our style quite unique.
What are some books on your "To Read" list at the moment?
Putnam & Putnam's Flower Color Guide is one that we are obsessed with trying to get our hands on at the moment. Anything David Sedaris is on our list too, great for a laugh.
Can you recommend some books?
Floret Farm's A Year in Flowers or Cut Flowers are essential reads for anyone looking to learn more about our industry. On Flowers by Amy Merrick, Flower Addict by Saskia Havekes are also all my top picks for people wanting to delve a little further into the world of flowers.
What are you reading at the moment? What do you like about it?
Floret Farms A Year in Flowers. It's incredibly detailed and comprehensive, honest and beautifully put together.
Hardback or paperback?
Flat White! (With half a sweetner, to be precise!).