Dried flowers are back - and it's time you jumped on the bandwagon

Antonia de Vere of Markatonia in her Kingsland studio space.
JANE USSHER

Antonia de Vere of Markatonia in her Kingsland studio space.

Dried flowers, you either love them or loathe them.

After a period of popularity in the 1990s, dried florals earned a reputation of being fusty and outdated - that is until the Instagram generation selected them as their flower arrangement of choice. 

Having found the flower wastage from the weddings she styled upsetting, florist Antonia De Vere of Markantonia started to experiment with drying the leftover florals. 

"I started working with dried flowers because I wanted to offer my clients an alternative to fresh flowers that would last longer and be more cost effective, especially in retail spaces that wanted to have a floral element but not the costly expense of weekly fresh," De Vere said.  

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With close to 200,000 #driedflower images on Instagram and countless millennial florists such as De Vere and Rosie Holt from Rose Tinted Flowers creating bespoke dried floral arrangements, it's clear that dried flowers are back en vogue. 

"I think all things have their time, a fashionable re-run so to speak," De Vere said. "I also feel that people love the longevity of dried florals. The possibilities are endless. I can be more creative and use really unusual out of season flowers in my arrangements, which as a maker is so creatively satisfying."

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Florist turned interior decorator Karen Purchas said she was thrilled to see that dried flowers were having a stylish resurgence. 

"Dried flowers were how I first got started," Purchas said. "When I was quite young at school I had a little business going selling dried flower arrangements to my friends. It's interesting to see how it's all coming back again."

The best flowers to use in dried arrangements are fresh flowers that are quite papery and will dry quickly. De Vere said Statice, Strawflowers and upside down roses look particularly nice when dried. 

 

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"But honestly experiment with anything, get old books out of the library and research drying techniques, have fun with it," De Vere said.

When creating a modern dried floral arrangement, less is more, said De Vere. This year's take on the trend leans towards Japanese style, but she encourages budding florists to not let this stop them from styling the florals how they want. 

"Vintage style is lovely too but if you want more of a fashionable look, focus more on the new. Its more visually appealing to not get too chunky, to let the flowers breath," she said.

"Unless you love cottage floral arrangements then do as you wish. At the end of the day, there really are no rules."

TIPS FOR DRIED FLOWER CARE

* Dried flowers aren't meant to last a lifetime. They will stay looking fabulous for two to three months, but then they should be replaced.
* Keep dried flowers in a space that is out of direct sunlight.
* Keep them somewhere that they will not be knocked over and damaged, as they are quite fragile and break easily.

 - Stuff

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