I find it incredibly boring and painfully self indulgent to recount the events of the year. I've spent several frustrating hours at the computer and consumed way too many pieces of toast with nut butter trying to write this post. I feel better deleting it all and letting the photos tell the story.
Photos here are from Amsterdam, UK, Italy (Rome, Ischia), Marthas Vineyard, Portland, Napa and Guadalajara, Mexico. There was a lot of traveling this year for Saipua and I am very grateful for the opportunity it affords me to meet new people and be exposed to new flowers and ideas. That said, I hope to stay put more in 2015 and focus on the farm which needs so much...
I will say this; at the end of last year I vowed to work harder in 2014, and I did. We all did. This year we tackled some of the largest, most far flung events we've ever attempted. We rented enough trucks that U-Haul is offering us corporate sponsorship, soon you'll see cartoon renderings of Saipua flower arrangements on the sides of trucks everywhere.
FOXGLOVE! it will say..."Biennial, native to southwestern Europe, highly poisonous..."
I am eternally grateful for a staff that continues to impress and inspire me. Deanna, Genevieve, Asheley (I'm going to convince you to keep coming back), Taryne, Dan, Todd, Meg, Mindy and all the freelancers that have hustled with us -- here's to you. And of course thanks to all our incredible interns and apprentices who come and go but never really go that far, thank god. And thanks to my mom who keeps the books and makes the soap and keeps me honest.
I hope to make flowers forever, and I hope they keep getting better and I hope they don't get weird, and I hope I don't get weird. Because that shit happens in the creative world, you and I both know it.
In 2015 we're going to blow it up. I know this because a lot of the logistical ground work was put in place in 2014. Somethings take time, and you know I've been working on my patience...
Happy New Year.