March 21, 2021
[Update: Sending out a HUGE thank you to all who donated funds to my gofundme in the last couple weeks. We generated nearly $1,000, plus received sponsorship funds from a national floral wholesaler, Floral Supply Syndicate for supplies. The shoot is still scheduled to take place this Tuesday, April 6th... wish us luck!]
For some time now as a creative, I have daydreamed about how beautiful and fun it might be to recreate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's neck collar collection into floral replicas. It was all an idea until Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com approached me to submit a concept for the 2021 Botanical Couture Collection which celebrates American Flowers Week in June and July. I jumped at the chance for this opportunity.
Initially, I saw the neck collars as beautiful and a signature style to RBG. However, as I dug deeper into the history of her collection, I learned there was far more to the story.
The Overall Vision: This project is quite ambitious for a variety of reasons. Because LORA Bloom represents a collective of local florists, six LB florists have been selected to design a floral replica from RBG's neck collar collection. Then, the garment to be worn will be an actual black judicial robe and covered with black flowers and botanicals. No easy task! Reconstructing this basic robe is local style influencer, Riva La Diva who will also be the model. Lastly, the collection will be photographed by Missy Palacol Photography.
How did this floral project become a GoFundMe?
In all honesty, not everyone whom I approached for participation of this project supported the idea. Viewed as a political position, this experience taught me there is still much work to be done. I respect these perspectives but still wanted to see my vision come to life. Ruth Bader Ginsburg held a non-partisan role. It's unfortunate everything these days seem to be political in some nature, even her death. Yet, when we strip all the labels away, Ruth was still a remarkable person and exemplary role model for all humankind. She deserves to be honored.
This is my way of saying thank you to a person I admired so much. She was beautiful. She had an incredible sense of style. And I remember her for who she was and achieved not the labels people attached to her.
As the shoot date came closer, I mentioned to friends how I was hoping for sponosored florals for the project. Black flowers are more difficult to gather. My best friend, who happens to be an attorney, asked if donations could come from outside the floral community. She's been a big supporter of this project from the start. The answer was yes! Determing the best approach, a GoFundMe seemed the best path.
The photo shoot is tentatively schedule for early April. Getting the flowers is achievable. Yet like most business owners right now, funds for special projects like this can be a challenge. LORA Bloom will make it happen, but a little help from supporters who would like to see this project flourish would be so appreciated.
If you would like to contribute to the LORA Bloom GoFund Me, click HERE!
*The blog and GoFundMe was created by LORA Bloom. All imagery and details sourced from Time Magazine.
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