In Conversation with Kasia Borowiecka
I had the great pleasure of meeting Kasia of Cosmosandplums at London Design Fair last year, when she styled the flowers for our collective stand Ensemble: The Studio. Her attention to detail, subtlety, use of space and texture is so beautiful. I find it endlessly fascinating to learn about others’ inspirations and processes, so a big thank you to Kasia for sharing hers.
Kasia Borowiecka of Cosmosandplums
What do you do?
I am a floral stylist.
Where did you grow up and where are you based now?
I grew up in Poland, in a rather small city called Rzeszow, which is in the south east part of the country. My childhood was a very happy one. We spent a lot of time playing outside, even in winter which was sometimes super cold. The part of Poland where I am from is mostly rural, with beautiful fields, woodlands and the Bieszczady mountains. I especially love it in summer and autumn.
I now live and work in London, my studio is based in Croydon.
How did you get into Floral Styling?
I want to say by accident but that’s not really the case. I always loved flowers and being surrounded by nature. Back at home when I was growing up floristry was not something what you aspired to do. Here in London I ended up working in social services. I studied sociology , so it kind of made sense. But after about 15 years of working behind the desk, I couldn’t do it anymore. I completely burnt out. I was always a creative person , and I couldn’t suppress my calling anymore. I decided to leave. It was not an easy decision, because I didn’t really know what I was going to do next. It’s a big deal to leave a permanent, relatively stable job. My husband’s friend is a prop stylist and he offered to help me out. He introduced me to few people and I started assisting on interior styling shoots. It was so much fun. During that time , I started using Instagram and came across few floral designers and discovered how much floristry has changed. I fell in love, went to few workshops, and decided that this is what I want to do in live. Be a florist. I was lucky enough to learn from the wonderful and super talented Frida Kim. I just went for it. Very often working 7 days a week to be able to intern during the weekends. I had learnt so much during that time and I am still learning. I love my job and I am super happy.
What is inspiring you at the moment?
I recently went to Paris and came across this beautiful exhibition of the bamboo basketry from Japan. I am influenced in my work by the Japanese art of arranging flowers – Ikebana. I take classes here in London with the Sogetsu Master.
My trip to Paris inspired me to experiment with different shapes and forms. I loved seeing work of Brancusi, Zadkin, Bourdelle, Rodin.
I love work of Noe Kuremoto who is a ceramist and Karolina Merska who is reviving Pajaki (straw chandeliers tradition from Poland) here in London and beyond.
I am currently reading and really enjoying it - The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.
I am very much into reportages. I love reading about different cultures and countries. Recently I read this book called: Sovietistan by Erika Fatland which I really enjoyed as I didn’t know much about the current political and economical situation of the former Soviet Republics.