Fine Arts and Flowers is about interpreting art through the medium of floral design,” says Susan McLeary, one of two guest speakers at VMFA’s upcoming exhibition. “My hope is to inspire the audience to look at floral design as art.” McLeary is a floral designer whose portfolio is full of elegant table decorations and blooming archways. But her signature creations are meant to be worn.
She makes elaborate fashion accessories out of flowers and succulents — intricate headpieces, floral tattoos, rings, necklaces and bow ties. It’s wearable, ephemeral art. She offers online tutorials and in-person instruction in floral design through her firm, Passionflower Sue. R•Home spoke with McLeary about her work, her books and her upcoming lecture.