Megan Claire has a super fun "studio" that she takes with her everywhere..... Confused? Our resident florist is the proud owner of a yellow, vintage caravan housing all her floristry needs so she can take her business right to the source. We visited Megan Claire on a Wednesday when she parks her mobile business outside of The Agrestic Grocer......
You’re originally from NZ, how did you come to live in Orange?
My family have all moved here over the years and when I said I needed a change they all convinced me to move to Orange so I could be closer to them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
How long have you been a florist and photographer? Where did you train? I have been a Florist for over 14years and a professional Photographer for over 7 years. But really Photography came first in high School on my 35mm … I use to love hanging out in the dark room … just another one of my happy places. I studied Floristry at SIT (Southern Institute of Technology), Invercargill, New Zealand and Photography at Design & Arts College Of New Zealand, Christchurch, New Zealand.
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Oh this is a hard one….
*I love how creative both my jobs are
* I love all the stunning blooms I get to play with
* I love that I get to brighten someone’s day with stunning fresh flower (I mean who doesn’t love receiving flowers?!!!)
* all the wonderful people I get to meet at weddings and getting to celebrate such a fun day!
Tell us more about your gorgeous vintage caravan? Where did that idea come from?
Arrrhhh yes … “Elsie-June” … named after my two grandmothers who both loved their flowers and who both had the most amazing gardens …. WELL …. I was having a coffee with a girlfriend one afternoon and she was telling me about this old van her Father-in-law had given to her, and how she was going to do it up and sell cupcakes and coffee. It was one of those light bulb moments … I said “oh … I should do a flower shop and with that …. my flower shop idea was born. I rang my Mother (mums are always great to bounce ideas off) and told her all about this light bulb moment I had had … she loved it and then in the next breath proceeded to tell me she might be able to get me a van … BOOM or BLOOM (if you will) Three weeks later I picked up my old girl and took her home to Cargo where we (my now Fiancé and I) spent the next 15 months turning her into the groovy little flower shop she is today.
What do you love about living in the Central West?
This place is great! There is so much going on, so much culture and all these wonderfully creative people around it’s a great place to come and be inspired. Life in Orange is pretty wonderful.