WE CAUGHT UP WITH SOPHIE WITHAM, THE UTTERLY FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPHER AND FLORIST BEHIND THE DIGITAL PRINTS FROM OUR NEW READY-TO-WEAR COLLABORATION, THE EPONINE X BLOSSOM & DILL 🌸
How did Blossom & Dill come to be?
About 8 years ago, when our kids were little, I was looking to make a career change that allowed me to be around for them as much as possible. It was then that I stumbled into floristry. I had no formal training but I loved flowers and was keen to learn.
For the first 5 years Blossom & Dill purely existed as a florist studio where I created flowers for weddings and events. I took photographs of my work as I went. Over time, the photography has naturally evolved and taken centre-stage and is now the primary focus of my day-to-day work which brings me endless joy.
What’s your favourite flower in the world?
I love tulips in all their various colours, shapes and sizes and the sheer joy they bring after the bleakness of winter. Other particular favourites are also peonies, garden roses, sweet peas and dahlias.
You have an Eponine x Blossom & Dill Dear Josephine dress. What will you wear it with?
I will wear it very simply with my treasured red Saltwater sandals and some simple, chunky silver jewellery. I just know it will be a total joy to have on! That’s the power of untamed colour.
Why is colour so important to you?
I am constantly and instinctively drawn to colour in whatever way it manifests itself. Colour speaks directly to our senses, our emotions, our inner life. And although I take photographs of flowers, they are actually photographs much more about colour and the interplay of multiple combinations, and the emotional effect this has on us as we encounter them. The single word titles of each photograph is also very significant for me as text and image interplay, further increasing interaction and encounter with the viewer.
Is there a botanical garden which we should be putting on our to-do list?
The herbaceous borders at Aston Pottery near Witney are stunning! From spring to late autumn they are a riot of bright multi-colour.