Spalding area florist recreates Dutch masters for Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure
Well-known paintings have been recreated in the medium of locally grown flowers thanks to a talented florist.
Helen Chambers has used Lincolnshire grown flowers to give a fresh look to some of the paintings created by the Dutch masters.
With more than 30 years of floristry experience under her belt, Helen started up Evolve Flowers four years ago and is championing the cause of locally grown flowers.
The floral recreation of the paintings were on show at Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure over the May Bank Holiday, which was traditionally the Flower Parade weekend.
Helen, who is based in Pinchbeck, said she had enjoyed the challenge of re-creating these masterpieces.
She said: “It was a nice challenge and we like to get involved with the community project and it was interesting. We had a lovely couple of days.
“We have a lot of commercial growers in Lincolnshire who produce exceptional quality flowers.”
Helen, who had trained at the Isle of Ely College, was set the challenge of re-producing the well-known paintings by the team at Springfields.
She created Jan van Huysum’s Still Life with Flowers and Fruit along with Flowers in a Classical Vase.
Abraham Mignon’s A Hanging Bouquet of Flowers and Ambrosius Bosschaert’s Bouquet of Flowers in a Glass Vase were also created.
She said: “The majority of the Dutch masters used tulips as a focus. We used many tulips and iris flowers along with Renoculus, which are similar to roses as they are big and blousey.”
J A Collison & Son, from King’s Lynn, supplied flowers which Helen created into bouquets. Helen, who has fulfilled a childhood dream to become a florist, has also brightened people’s days by leaving lonely bouquets around the South Holland area in recent months.