Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club and artist Alan Phelan bring the art of flower arranging and photography together in a unique collaboration.
Working over nine months, Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club have worked in the artist’s studio, at Temple Bar Studios with Alan, in an exchange of expertise that investigates forgotten histories in flower arranging and photography.
Dunboyne Flower and Garden Club is a voluntary organisation of 50 members from Ashbourne Batterstown, Clonee and Dunshaughlin. Over a series of shared workshops, the club worked with Alan Phelan to revive and explore lost floral art techniques, from paintings of floral arrangements with 17th century Dutch paintings and working through to 20th century floral designers like Constance Spry, The arrangements made by the group are photographed using the Joly Screen colour method, a process invented in the late 19th century Irish physicist John Joly. A large collection of colour slides by John Joly, mainly of botanical subjects, are currently held by the National Library of Ireland.
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