Updated: Apr 27, 2020
In very strange times, we can all be thankful for the wonderful people around us who's support, positivity, humour and generous spirits are helping us through. I'm in the lucky position these days that I have a wide network of amazing wedding and events suppliers that I also count as friends, so I've decided to use part of my "non-baking" time to talk about these dedicated and creative people, and to share with you all what they do and who they are.
The first of these is an absolute sweetheart, Clare Davies. It's always a treat to see her. She never fails to make you feel happier after you've talked to her. Her business has built quickly as her creativity and attention to detail have been set free. She has taken a simple idea and elevated it to the point that she is streets ahead of anyone else. The quality of her work is just outstanding. Perfect for weddings, but also a great gift idea for anniversaries, birthdays, valentines, engagements... or just because.
What is your name? Clare Davies
What is your business name? Petal & Bird
What is your job title? Paper Florist
What services does your business provide?
I create bespoke paper flowers, handmade for your special occasion, working with
your colour themes. This allows you to have your favourite flowers during
any season, and to treasure them long after your special day.
I also specialise in recreating wedding bouquets that were originally
made with fresh flowers, bringing your wedding flowers back to life
with a realistic replica. It makes an absolutely perfect first year
‘paper’ wedding anniversary gift.
Describe your style
Colourful and eclectic!
What 5 words do you think best represent you and your brand?
Handmade, Lasting, Bespoke, Unique, Personalised
What is your "unique selling point"?
Allowing you to have your favourite flowers in any colours and lasting
to remember your special day.
What is your background?
My background is in Textiles Design which took me to teach art and
textiles for 11 years at a secondary school. My adventures into paper
flowers all started with my own wedding when I decided I didn’t want
the flowers from our special day to go to waste and die. I started
experimenting and fell in love with creating flowers from paper. My
bouquet stills looks beautiful nearly 4 years on.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Bringing a couple’s wedding flowers to life and then seeing and
hearing about them in action on their special day.
What do you wish you were better at?
(absolutely does not have to be work related).
I wish I was better at keeping real flowers and plants alive!
Give a fun random fact about yourself.
I once won a ‘slow bicycle race’!
...your favourite place is?
being by the sea.
Can you sing?
Not for public consumption!
Can you draw?
Yes and really enjoy it. I wish I had time to do it more.
What is your favourite food?
Ooo too many to choose from but, I do love sushi!
Describe your dream holiday.
Taking an adventure to somewhere new,
exploring in the mountains and making memories.
What makes you happy?
Seeing my family and friends.
Cuddles with my nieces and nephews.
My husband Jake.
What is your favourite season and why?
I love seeing all the new flowers and blossom appear after winter.
What is your top tip for anyone planning their wedding?
To remember the wedding day is for you celebrating your love.
Go with what works for you and ignore 'traditions' that don't apply to you!
How do we see more of your work?
Thanks so much Clare! Do visit her website / social pages and get in touch with her to find out more... and to see more of her beautiful creations. x