Last night I attended an artist’s talk by Gunnar Kaj (www.kaj.se) at the Swedish Embassy. Kaj is a floral designer best known for his work as the lead floral designer for the Nobel Prize ceremony.
Speaking about his creative process, he explained that “Nature can do everything itself, but it is about new arrangements.” His work involves combining new things, and as he explained, “I did the wrong things, things that were not proper, not the expected things.”
He also shared that his work is about meticulous planning in order to create beautiful results. He highlighted collaboration and having a framework (“an idea to work towards”) as important factors in developing his vision.
Some connections I made with my own work:
-the blending of art and science
-the value of collaboration
-importance of planning, even/especially for “creative” processes
-wonder and the unexpected
And just some inspirational quotations:
“When I do something and it is beautiful it aches right here (pointing to his breastbone).”
“There are always enough ideas.”
About springtime in Sweden: “It is a wonder every year. You can die for the flowers, when they’re suddenly there again.”
“My work is about ‘alive,’ and the danger of dying. The danger of dying makes them (flowers) carry all the things we want to say.”
“We love flowers because we identify with them. We see ourselves in them in some way.”