At the latest One Fine Day Fair, we met the lovely and very talented Anna Lonsdale, half of the Good Grace & Humour duo. We are inspired by businesses that are sparked by passion, and Anna has so much passion and energy for her work- we LOVE it!
What really makes Good Grace & Humour is the contrast of her rad floral creations, and tongue in cheek sense of humour that takes the creations into street settings. If Banksy was into Banksia’s he would call up this duo for sure.
Good Grace & Humour use local flowers, and donates bouquets to charities, to keep sustainability in mind, and filling the world with just a little bit more floral love.
We asked Megs and Anna a bit about their flower filled worlds.
Describe a typical day?//your workspace
A: There’s no typical day for us at GGH – depending on the events we have on it could be anything from meeting clients for a coffee or a g&t, donning the hi-vis vest at the flower markets or pestering our suppliers about the availability of some bizarre flower or botanical! I also work part-time at a clinical Pilates studio so often I’m bouncing between that job and the floral.
M: At the moment we’re further from a ‘typical’ day than ever before since the birth of my son Rufus in April. Anna’s been in GG&H over-drive (and doing a stellar job!) I’m only just getting my floral on again. Although it’s a little tough to switch between Babyland and Flowerland, I absolutely love both worlds and wouldn’t have it any other way.
What keeps you inspired?
A: I love the inspiration that comes from work-shopping a brief with a client. After a relaxed chat it’s amazing what inspirational gems come out of a consultation. It’s a very collaborative process and a lot of couples are initially a little unclear about what they want because they’ve never planned a full-scale creative occasion before! It’s very much about looking for the special and unique aspects of the couple’s story rather than offering up a standard package.
M: As well as chatting to clients, I’m inspired by artwork, design and photography. I can spend hours sifting through Instagram, websites and blogs looking for different colour combinations and styling, and ever-wondering how we can incorporate new features into our work.
Current favorite floral bouquet combination?
A: I’m a little bit obsessed with peppercorn and love frosty pink blushing bride (part of the protea family) but it all depends on what vibes I’m vibing! Andromeda is another favourite – it looks like strings of tiny bells! I used Irish Strawberry recently and love the quirkiness that interesting foliage can bring to bouquets. I’m a big advocate for lots of green, and anything with a bit of movement and drape. Seasonal and locally grown is a must!
M: I love the challenge of unusual flower combinations – I’m steadfast and determined, and get a thrill from experimenting and creating a striking arrangement with bits and pieces that wouldn’t normally feature in a bouquet.
You mentioned Good Grace & Humour was sparked in many carpool rides – what is your ultimate carpool ride?
A: I would travel with Alice Russell (she would be the ultimate singing buddy and I reckon it would be a bit of a laugh), my floral helper from the One Fine Day Wedding Fair (after all his help that weekend I owe him a trip away!) and my 4-year-old niece Lily Kate who is the funniest human being I know and a champion ‘I Spy With My Little Eye’ player!
M: My ultimate carpool would be with my boys – Rufus and my husband Paul – and would be to somewhere exotic. Somewhere overseas and far away(!), stopping in little towns during the day, dancing at a fiesta in the evening and grabbing a take-away coffee the next morning.
Photos courtesy of Good Grace and Humour
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