Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Dickinson.
Kelly, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have always loved creating things. My mother noticed my artistic side at a very young age and got me into every art class she could find, whether it be drawing, learning how to make balloon animals, or summer arts camps up in Idyllwild. She fully encouraged my creativity and gave me so many great opportunities! My high school art teacher also noticed my passion and helped me get scholarships to the Art Institute and American Animation Institute for their high school programs. When I went to university, I started out pre-med, but quickly realized it was not what I wanted to be doing. I switched to an art major and focused mainly on ceramic hand building/sculpture and public arts.
While I’ve worked with many different mediums over the years, I never thought I’d end up in flowers (maybe because I’m actually allergic to most flowers). I like to say flowers found me. When I started my business, Champagne Projects, I focused mainly on theme birthday parties and events. It wasn’t until I moved to San Diego and friends of mine asked me to do their wedding flowers that I had ever ventured in to florals. They put their trust in me and I didn’t want to let them down on their big day, so I reach out through Instagram to a local florist and took an internship. I instantly fell in love with it and now could not, for the life of me, imagine doing anything else!
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m an event florist and I create one of a kind romantic and organic floral arrangements for weddings and other events. I love when couples come to me with a color palette and let me run wild with the design. With my backing in public art, I’m always very inspired by my surroundings and the setting the arrangements will go in. I like my work to be “site specific”, in other words for it to fit in with the venue or to look as if it just sprouted and grew right there. I like to forage from the site and add in a unique touch that connects my pieces or work in an existing element like a tree or the view to create my arrangements around. My hope is always that this approach creates a very cohesive look for the overall design and completely transforms a space from generic to extraordinary for my couples on their big day.
Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
Being an artist has always come with the stigma of “starving artist”, but when you’re doing something you’re passionate about I think we are truly for the more fortunate ones. Yes it’s hard, but if you keep at it I really believe you’ll succeed.
Be sure to network and reach out to others in your specific field! You never know when someone you met will give you your next big break or another artist will give you those kind words of support and encouragement that push you to continue. I think the floral world, specifically in our city, is amazing. It’s all about community before competition. I can’t tell you how many wonderful people I’ve met and built amazing friendships with all through flowers, and how many strong mentors I have in my life that I can always reach out to when I need help.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my work on my Website or Instagram. Be sure to follow along to see the latest!
- Website: www.lechampagneprojects.com
- Phone: 619.880.7278
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/champagneprojects/
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lechampagneprojects
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/champprojects/