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Art & Life with Erin Mooney

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Mooney.

Erin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Creating has always been inherent in me; I have always been drawn to colors, textures, light, patterns. I also have always been drawn to dirt, bugs, and making a mess. When I fell into floral design, I was heavily involved in the performing arts and photography, and there was something so magic and organic for me to play with natural pieces as a medium. I love the fact that what I create withers and dies, there is something truly beautiful in it being temporary and getting to witness the cycle. I enjoy being able to express the unique way I see things while being connected and grounded by nature at the same time.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Although I dabble in multiple mediums, Floral Design is my main squeeze. My company, Root & Anther, specifically focuses on wedding and event design, but I feel I will be expanding beyond that horizon in the future. I love working with couples and creating designs that are unique and specific to them, something that really catches the essence of their personalities. I also really like for things to feel organic as I am working with a natural product I think it’s important for it to still feel wild, I often see flowers and plants made too structured or manipulated in a way that they no longer feel raw. I like for people to slow down even for a moment and relish the simple beauty we are surrounded by daily, It’s easy to complain about the tree in your front yard dropping pollen all over your driveway, but once some of those branches are clipped and displayed in a vase our perspective changes. We notice the intricate patterns on the blossoms, the fragrance, or simply wow this color exists?!

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think art has always been an unnecessary struggle, especially in a time where social media, and instant gratification rule it’s important to be aware of the work, time, and heart that an individual puts in. The best way to help artists? Support them! Share their work and credit them, purchase their work, book them, and at fair prices, nobody likes working for “exposure.” Personally, my message to any artist is keep going, keep creating, your art is worth it.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Y’all can check me out on social media; I’m on Instagram and Facebook. @rootandanther my website would love for you to pay a visit and as for support if you have a special event and would like to incorporate flowers, please reach out! Also, keep your eyes peeled as well I’ve got some workshops, and pop-ups in the works would (follow on social media for future details!)

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Image Credit:
Rachel Lientz Photography
Paige In The Wild
Kelsee Becker
Kat Cummiskey
Molly McPhoto
Mary Sandy Photography

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