November 24, 2020

Élan Flowers Helps Mimi Prober Keep Things Local With Floral Display and Botanical Dyeing

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Community, or the lack thereof, is an ongoing topic of conversation, as “Vanishing New York” blogger Jeremiah Moss can attest.
But Mimi Prober, a designer who specializes in “creating modern heirlooms using antique textiles,” created her spring collection with the help of Élan Flowers.
The designer relies on local fiber farms, artisans and New York-based manufacturers to create textiles design and one-of-a-kind pieces. About a year ago en route to People’s Revolution’s Grand Street office, where she keeps a space, she started dropping by the local florist. “I got really excited because I’ve always used natural color dyes in my process. I’d always wanted to collaborate with a florist because they have a lot of waste, and flowers that they throw away, that can be used,” she said.
It just so happened that they were on board with her design philosophy and they started giving them flowers for natural dyeing. For spring, they offered her roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and wildflowers to use to create natural dyes for the collection. “They’re familiar with what I do. And they created this kind of beautiful glowing forest as a backdrop,” said Prober, adding that she also gave them some lace scraps which

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