Faxon's bouquets and arrangements are classic and contemporary; gracefully sculpted with a painterly elegance. Her work is personal and collaborative. Her clients visit the Boston Flower Market with her. Here they have a chance to see the flowers and foliage available to them. She 'coaxes' the spirit, aesthetic and desires of her clients - be they event planners or brides - to choose their favorite flowers.
It is the combination of gorgeous, pristine flowers uniquely arranged with vines, mosses, birch bark or copper that Faxon uses to create sumptuous, uniquely elegant floral designs. The distinctive synthesis of these natural elements reflect Faxon's exquisite signature.
Faxon the Artist
"As a naturalist, sculptor and painter, the draw to using the elements - earth air fire water wood metal - in my floral design work is effortless. The infinite beauty, variety and delight aroused when using these organic materials is rich. The elements are a language and expression both elegant and eco-friendly.
Working in the studio with flowers and foliage, I'm inspired by their unique shapes, textures, colors and perfumes. In some inexplicable way, they 'tell me' what to do with them. There is no imposition. Whatever happens in the vase, when I stand back with a sense of completion, I see how the flowers and foliage have influenced the design."
What Sets Faxon Green Apart?
- A uniquely artistic eye coupled with sustainable materials and practices.
- There is no floral foam, plastic or chemicals.
- All unused living material is composted.
- The cardboard boxes and cartons from new vases are used to pack bouquets for delivery.
- The studio is cooled naturally with open windows and low level air conditioners when needed.
- All tools are cleaned with witch hazel and water.
- After a wedding or event, clients often give flower arrangements to their guests. When this does not occur, flowers that are still fresh are bunched and delivered the next day to local women's shelters and hospitals.
- Vases are recycled for future use.
- Faxon says, "It is our intention when working with clients that precious little is wasted. This is the natural way; the sustainable practice of no waste and no non-biodegradable material to last for years in a dumpsite."
The Story of Faxon's Studio
Faxon's floral design work followed two years of designing and installing gardens. In 2004, she was hired by the Mind & Life Institute to create arrangements for a week-long stay of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Boston. All the floral designs featured lots of sunflowers - the universal flower of friendship. These designs for His Holiness the Dalai Lama brought beauty and nature indoors for his suite at the Charles Hotel, a conference at MIT, and for his evening talk at the Boston Fleet Center.
For 17,000 people in the audience, they got to see him surrounded by 500 sunflowers harvested from two local farms.
This experience shifted Faxon's perspective. Thus began her floral design work for events. Then came the weddings.
In 2005, Faxon opened her uniquely eco-based floral design studio.