I’ve just returned from the most amazing job at a Chateau just outside of Paris working for Amy Humphreys of Flowerjugs. I can’t yet show any pics of this wedding (except a couple little details I posted on Instagram) but wanted share some of her other work with you. And I must thank Deb for the introduction!
I find myself back in Paris once again. Thus the lack of posts lately – my apologies – as I’ve been rather wifi-less of late. Our week in Paris at the end of June involved lots of summer fruits, flowers and food and sun.
We ate at Clamato, Bones, Le Verre Vole, saw an amazing Charles-Edouard Jeanneret exhibition at the Pompidou and spent the afternoon in the garden of the Chateau du Versailles. We wandered through the Parc de Belleville, the Jardin du Luxembourg, and bought some begonias at the Marché aux Fleurs. Then we left for a beautiful little farm in Italy – more on the farm to come.
I recently changed my Instagram handle from @thesecretgardenblog to @sophia_kaplan
Still the same photographs of gardens and flowers, but I wanted it to reflect my new branding and website.
Some recent posts…
This garden, in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, and off the Promenade Plantée which I have previously written about, was an explosion of colour when I visited in summer last year.
All photographs by Sophia Kaplan.
Imogen is a young Australian artist based in London who is making beautiful botanical illustrations of all flowers including those dead and worn. Check out her website here.
After Gili Air and Ubud we headed up into the mountains at Sideman where we stumbled upon the most amazing Patal Kikian. We were the only people staying and had a huge private balcony looking straight onto the volcano where we wiled away our days reading on the day bed and exploring the volcano by scooter. The grounds were so lush as with everything here. All the sun and water makes for an incredibly green and healthy landscape. After Sideman we headed to Nusa Lembongan to snorkel and chill by beach. A perfect little holiday.
Hey guys, check out the invitation for FLEURT (from curator Amber Creswell Bell), a group show I’m flowering for from this coming weekend. If you’re in Sydney, please come on down and check it out!
‘FLEURT’ is the sequel show to the hugely popular ‘ART/VERT’ exhibition held at Paddington’s Saint Cloche gallery in January/February of this year (if you missed it – you can read all about ART/VERT here Broadsheet Sydney, and here The Design Files).
Where ART/VERT was a group show celebrating botanica as central theme and muse – FLEURT is strictly an ode to the humble flower!
FLEURT represents a diverse line up of nine popular artists, photographers and a ceramicist that I have personally curated – with each artist contributing a collection of pieces to this abundant and fanciful group show. We think this is the perfect antidote to the faded days of late autumn.
With a champagne launch and artist meet & greet from 10am SATURDAY 23rd MAY and running daily to SUNDAY 7th JUNE 2015, FLEURT features the work of:
Sought-after floral designer ‘Sophia Kaplan Plants & Flowers’ will beautifully adorn the gallery with large whimsical floral arrangements. Additionally “pockets full of posies” will be available to purchase, all lovingly arranged by Sophia – each with a note detailing the meaning of the flowers in that arrangement as per the magical “Secret Language of Flowers”.
I’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Bali and Lombok. It was a incredibly beautiful holiday and a perfect balance of island and mountain life. First up Gili Air and Ubud.
We started on on one the quieter Gilis – Air, swimming, doing yoga and enjoying lots of fresh papaya juice. From there we went to Ubud for a couple of nights where we stayed in the botanical jungle that is Ketut’s Place and visited some of the nearby rice paddies and water temples.
Last month I launched my website www.sophia-kaplan.com I’m still making some adjustments, but it’s an exciting step for my little business. Please check it out and let me know what you think!