Friday, October 15, 2021

Turning nature into art: Bollauri’s Piedmont Avenue flower shop has been as busy as ever since the pandemic began

Meena Bolouri is an artist who paints with a peon. Or more often, because of their recent popularity, arrangements of flowers and plants, which florists agree, are the 3-D equivalent of man-made 2-D paintings of nature, from the boisterous, full-bloom color of cultivated ranunculus. Stuffed, a type of buttercup has been encouraged in recent years by plant growers to become large and multi-petaled. In contrast to the vigorous texture are Jurassic-like Protea blossoms that trace their origins to millions of years ago in South Africa and Australia. Contribution of compositional contrast: roses, tulips, orchids, branches, leaves, twigs, ferns, vines and plants native to California. Most interestingly, the artistic benefits come from the herbs and vegetables.

“I have used mushrooms, kale, chard, rosemary, mint, basil, pumpkin, apples, pomegranates, potatoes, onions, nuts, berries, figs. I like to use these textures because they’re from nature,” Bolouri says in an interview. Bolouri owns and operates Arjan Flowers & Herbs, a small business located on Piedmont Avenue in Entrada Avenue. Situated in the intimate corner for more than ten years. The “canvas” on which she paints exist as thin air – as long as her technical skills and training as a florist make vessels of all sizes and configurations In fashion that doesn’t get involved with an unconventional imagination, the store arranges custom wedding bouquets, table settings, special events for private dinners, corporate gatherings, family reunions or funerals—and simple bouquets perfect for sharing or owning. Designed for gift giving.

At 22 from Shiraz, a city in south-central Iran and famous for its Persian wine, carpets, poetry, and cultivated public and organic residential gardens, Bolouri, now 54, brought the cultural history of his homeland to the United States. She says that the garden and her creative ideas about the meaning of “home” are one and the same.

“I grew up in a city that is famous for its gardens. The garden of the original house is enclosed behind a wall. The garden is the first heart of the house, then the kitchen second. You enter the garden first, then the house In.”

Although Covid-19 meant that Arjan had fewer large events to provide for, many felt that a small bouquet would make them or their friends and families feel better. (Photo by Sheena Miraftabi)

Although often not visible from the street, residential gardens in Iran and around the world welcome visitors with immediate warmth, according to Bolouri. “In California or England or France, even if gardens are laid out differently, they are a place where you relax, a place where you are separated from daily monsters, chores or responsibilities.

We had a crazy day last Wednesday at the end of which I collected roses from a client. I entered his garden and it was so gorgeous that in that small space all the stress of the day left my body.

During the pandemic, “crazy” is an apt word to describe the activities of the shop.

“He announced on Sunday that there was a lockdown. We are talking about an industry that receives flowers from all over the world on Mondays. Within 48 hours the flower market was closed and all the flowers got rid of. This spelled disaster for producers and wholesalers. It was close to a loss of just $3 million at the San Francisco Flower Market,” she recalls.

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With several orders to be filled, Bolouri and his staff scramble to obtain and distribute the flowers. “We could have filled orders and dropped them at people’s doorsteps but there could be no contact. Then we were off for three weeks. We were then declared essential workers and were able to order pickup. We were celebrating Easter so we ran again to get the ingredients.”

The scuffle-stall dance continued and is still getting used to Arjan. “Mother’s Day 2020 was one of the busiest days we have ever had as people could do nothing but order flowers. In disaster, flowers were the one thing that made people feel better because they couldn’t get out or gather. “

Although Covid-19 meant that Arjan had fewer large events to provide for, many felt that a small bouquet would make them or their friends and families feel better. The discovery sparked another skirmish. “We’re seeing a shortage of vases, as the volume of small arrangements has gone up,” Bolouri says. “The vases are from India because they’re welded with metal in a process that requires oxygen, so there’s a shortage. Oxygen is going to hospitals. And due to a shortage of workers in the delivery chain, ships quickly go to ports.” are not reaching.”

Two workers who were temporarily laid off in the early days of the pandemic are back and two workers have refused to return to work due to health safety concerns. Store hours are reduced by 50 percent; Open now the equivalent of three business days, compared to six before the pandemic. Employees wear masks and customers are invited to follow store policies. “We try to be polite with those who walk without masks. Most people respond well. Some get annoyed or pass out. I wish we could hear from shop owners: We don’t just protect for ourselves; We’re protecting you too.”

Nevertheless, Bolouri is grateful for sharing the beauty and joy of flower and plant artwork. Embedded in each arrangement are stories: “As florists, we pour our feelings into art. It forms quickly and dies faster than other arts.” When planning arrangements, equal in importance to storytelling are technical rules and practices that constitute expertise and professional skill, meaning that each element has Beneficial use should be evaluated.

is a finishing factor; A phrase against which Bolouri gives pushback but still applies: innate genius. After all, who hasn’t worded Warren Buffett for his informed but street smart, ingenious approach to the investing world? “I do what other florists do; I just look for that wow factor,” she says. “Knowing the technical laws of arrangement is important because then you can break them in a way that takes you to a different level. I can’t draw, but I see a canvas I must paint with nature.” If I want to bend the flower to the left, I turn to the left and work it to my advantage. I always look into nature because Mother Nature is a really, really good teacher.”

Lou Fancher is a freelance writer. Contact him at [email protected]


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