Whenever I need a virtual escape -- just a little pause to recharge -- I like to read a page from Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed. An artist, textile designer, and stylist, Quartermaine has had some interesting adventures. Her passion for flowers is especially appealing.
"I went to a rose farm just outside Marrakesh to buy flowers for a video that was being filmed in Morocco. Everywhere you looked there were acres of roses and everyday the flowers were freshly picked. The heads were very small, very compact, dots of pure color, and we stood and chose the colors we wanted. You could have anything: scarlet, fuchscia, yellow, orange. I paid for the roses and loaded the boxes into the car.
"Setting up the video took hours. It was hot. The director wanted a fountain filled. When that was done, I took the boxes of roses and emptied them into the water. And then, as it was so hot and the petals looked so beautiful floating on the surface, I threw myself in too. There is something so romantic about having your whole body immersed in water that has been turned into a sea of petals. You looked down and all you saw were liquid flowers. That moment sums up everything I love about flowers."
Quote and image two are from Carolyn Quatermaine Revealed, Rizzoli, 1997. Images one and three are by Martin Morrell. The last image is by James Merrell.