My floral installations explore juxtaposition and the unexpected. I have always been intrigued by the rewards of curiosity: the surprises one can discover by exploring beyond boundaries. My projects begin when I stumble over an idea—an inspiration or a connection—I collect it, and I hold it close and quiet until the time comes to explore, expand, assemble, collaborate. My fascination with juxtaposition and the unexpected is embodied in my most recent large-scale project, Flower House. In the fall of 2015, I assembled a team of 37 collaborating floral designers from the U.S. and Canada to fill the interior of an abandoned, foreclosed Detroit house purchased on auction for $250. Fresh flowers and living plants contrasting chipped, peeling paint rewarded over 3,000 curious visitors. My current focus is a creative design conference I founded called Detroit Flower Week, inspired by the collaboration and creativity of Flower House.
Based in Detroit, Michigan, Lisa Waud is the founder and owner of pot & box, a floral design and horticultural decor studio. Pot & box will celebrate its 10th anniversary of being in business in February 2017, and has become a well-known and sought-after design studio for weddings and other special events in the Detroit area. Learn more about pot & box at www.potandbox.com. Lisa is also the creator of Flower House, a contemporary floral installation that took place October 15 -17, 2015 filling an abandoned Detroit house with american-grown fresh flowers and living plants. The project received international media attention, including the New York Times, Vogue Portugal, and perhaps mostly importantly, in Lisa’s hometown newspaper, the Petoskey News Review. The house the exhibition took place in is currently being deconstructed to make way for a flower farm for pot & box. More information on the project atwww.theflower.house. Lisa has been arranging flowers in the soil & in the vase for over 15 years—from the volcanic slopes of Hawaii, the clay garden beds of the Pacific Northwest, & across the great [lakes] state of Michigan. Lisa lives in Detroit, and when she’s not playing with flowers, you can find her scheming up field trips with her giant dog Zero, practicing writing in calligraphy, or planning explorations in other inspirational cities. Lisa is also hostess of Detroit Flower Week and of two annual indie markets—hldymrkt and vlntnsdymrkt.