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Check out Mallory Stephens’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mallory Stephens.

Mallory, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
In 2015, I began working as an assistant floral designer in California. This was on a complete whim! My background is in holistic cooking and nutrition, but I saw a sign in a small florist’s window I was walking by and decided to apply. Upon my move to Georgia, I chose to apply the skills I learned working at a brick-and-mortar flower shop and open my own floral design company. I’ve loved being able to expand into my own style. It actually uses many similar skills to the preparation and presentation of healthy foods, which I hadn’t realized before. I now specialize in weddings and events throughout the region and couldn’t have asked for a better profession to fall into.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors, so finding a craft that allowed me to work with, or in, nature was essential to me. Although primarily a wedding florist, my work means more to me than just making a bridal bouquet. I try to compose arrangements and bouquets that are inspired by nature and that use seasonal flowers and foliage. I grow many of the ‘filler’ ingredients I use at home, and later turn the unused cuttings into composted soil that goes right back into the garden. I hope that those who see my art through my floral work can take away a sense of calm and feeling of cohesion, that we are all just borrowing space from the environment that was here long before us. Or, they can just admire a pretty bouquet or arch as a couple stands in front of it!

How can artists connect with other artists?
My advice would just be to say ‘Yes’ as much as is feasible when you’re just starting out. Whether it’s to go get lunch with another artist or entrepreneur, participate in a photo shoot, donate something to a worthy cause, etc., saying yes more than no will help you define your craft and learn what works best for you. In the wedding industry, styled shoots are also very unifying. You get to see so many different creators come together to make a swoon-worthy scene. From vintage rental companies to hand-letterers, bakers to dressmakers, it’s a great way to meet other craftsmen and women that you wouldn’t normally interact with on a day-to-day basis.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Since most of the events I create for are invitation only, I’d recommend people visit my social media pages and website blog. Some of my work has been published online on Aisle Society, The Overwhelmed Bride Blog, and The Southeastern Bride, as well. The support of the local community is essential for small businesses like mine to grow! Reaching out to a florist instead of ordering online from a larger company is so impactful to an entrepreneurs’ growth.

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Image Credit:
Dailey Alexandra Photography, Holly Mae Freeman, Katherine Beasley Photography

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