Everybody’s life is enriched by colour, which both energises and lifts the spirits. What can be a better source than the spectrum of colour that flowers and foliage have to offer? In Living Colour, Paula Pryke’s fine-tuned sense for wild and wonderful colour mixes –which has made her Britain’s leading colour florist at work today- is given full rein as she shows how to mix and match key floral palettes with exceptional skill. Drawing on her recognised talent as a master colourist, Paula explores the impact flower colour has on our living spaces and how we respond to its presence. In the chapter ‘Inspired by Nature’, she considers how colour and texture in the natural world can act as your guide, while in ‘Seasonal Colour Palettes’ we see how our colour choices shift with the seasons. In ‘Foliage Combinations’ she explains how foliage can tone down or raise the temperature of a display. Renowned for her innovative use of containers, fabric and all sorts of food material, Paula demonstrates in ‘Accessory Colour’ the imaginative role these plays in floral art. In ‘Top Twenty Colours’, she shares her favourite flower colours, while ‘Colour Charts’ creates a directory of these colours for easy reference. Stunningly photographed, Living Colour taps into the current trend for simple flower displays that appear effortlessly modern while at the same time making a dramatic colour statement. It is both a rich sourcebook of ideas for working with colour and an inspirational tool that enables the amateur florist to create displays with visual impact.
In 1998, Paula Pryke had a dream of opening a little flower shop in Islington, London. From these humble beginnings she changed the face of British floristry and has become of one London's top florists. Paula published her first book in 1993 and has now published 18 flower books, which have been translated into as many languages. Initially Paula's style was embraced in Japan and America but more recently she has been working and influencing floral design in Korea, China, India and South America, establishing her reputation globally. Recently awarded an OBE for her services to floral design, Paula Pryke is one of the most famous and respected florists in the world. www.paulapryke.com