Sculptural Floral Arrangements: opens as part of VASE: Function Reviewed - Farmleigh Gallery

A FLORAL INSTALLATION BY MASTER FLORIST LAMBER DE BIE, WILL OPEN AS PART OF VASE: FUNCTION REVIEWED AT Farmleigh GALLERY ON SATURDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2017 WITH SPECIAL TALK BY LAMBER AT 3.00PM.

Sculptural Floral Arrangements with Lamber de Bie

Master Florist Lamber de Bie will design a special floral installation, ‘Sculptural Floral Arrangements, which will run from Saturday 11th to Friday 17th February as part of VASE: Function Reviewed at Farmleigh Gallery. Curator Brian Kennedy invited Lamber to select a number of vases featured in this exhibition, allowing their forms to influence the choice of flowers used to create sculptural floral arrangements in dialogue with the exhibition. VASE: Function Reviewed features the work of 29 artists from Europe, Africa and Asia, and exhibits at Farmleigh Gallery until the 26th of February. This exhibition was part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

“Many years ago I saw an exhibition of work by a Japanese ceramicist. It was of tea bowls and vases. All of the vases held simple and elegant floral arrangements. In the catalogue he said that for him the vase was never complete until it held flowers. I have long forgotten the potter’s name but his thought has always remained with me, the question ‘does use enhance or diminish the ceramic object’ was one of the starting points of the exhibition, VASE: Function Reviewed.” 

Brian Kennedy, Curator

As part of the floral installation in VASE: Function Reviewed, Lamber de Bie presents a talk at 3.00pm on Saturday, 11th of February, demonstrating his thought process in creating sculptural floral arrangements. Lamber’s designs with flowers are often architectural and structural, with a rich sense of colour and pattern. He often deconstructs or reimagines traditional bouquets and his passion for Dutch orange tulips is paired with an appreciation of an indigenous Irish hedgerow, rich with brambles, texture and plant forms that come together and work as a painting. Lamber will use the ‘Valentine’s Day’ theme as a starting point for some of his floral displays in this exhibition.

Lamber de Bie is a Dutch national who studied in Holland for seven years to achieve the title of “Master Florist”. Since moving to Ireland in 1993 he has built a reputation for creative and innovative floristry throughout Ireland.

In ‘Sculptural Floral Arrangements’, visitors can expect to see an abundance of blooms on display in the exhibition’s stunning ceramic vases. A range of floral techniques will be embraced, from the traditional to the modern, reimagining the vases and reinterpreting them through use. The installation aims to explore the boundaries of art and craft; form and functionality; by addressing the debate: ‘only when flowers are in the vase does it become a complete object.’

The display will be in Farmleigh Gallery from Saturday the 11th until Friday the 17th of February.

 LAMBER'S TALK IS FREE. SPACES LIMITED, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND PLEASE RSVP angela.cassidy@opw.ie

 VASE:  FUNCTION REVIEWED  will run until Sunday, 26th February 2017.

Opening times : Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 5.00pm. Closed 1 – 2pm

Closed: Monday and Tuesday.

Monday 13th and Tuesday, 14th will be open during the 'Sculptural Floral Arrangements

Admission Free

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Photo Credit Dylan Vaughn