Friday, 17 August 2018

Benson florist's photo exhibition celebrates women and nature

A BENSON-based artisan florist’s designs are going on show at London’s Southbank Centre

A BENSON-based artisan florist’s designs are going on show at London’s Southbank Centre next week as part of a free festival celebrating International Women’s Day.

The day itself falls on Tuesday (March 8), but the Women of the World Festival (WOW) will run for a further five days, ending on Sunday, March 13.

Among the festival’s attractions is

Layers
— a new exhibition of portraits billed as a photographic celebration of women and nature.

Based in the Southbank Centre’s members’ area at the Royal Festival Hall, but open to non-members, Layers is a three-way collaboration between photographer Asiko, make-up artist Jade Soar, and floral designer Jo Wise of Floral Circus, based at Oakley Wood Farm, Benson.

Jo’s contribution was the design of the “evolving flower wall” that formed the backdrop to the portraits of 20 women aged 19 to 90.

Two of the women featured in the portraits have Henley connections — GB rowing team and Leander Club member Polly Swann and musician Sam Brown — and the flowers used were sourced locally from Bosley Patch in Henley and Babylon Flowers in Watlington.

Jo said: “Layers of freshly picked British flowers were added to the wall as the project progressed. The added layers represent the growth and depth of wisdom that women gain as life progresses.”

More details of the WOW festival are available at wow.southbankcentre.co.uk

For more on the making of the

Layers
exhibition, visit www.floralcircus.co.uk



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