The heart of St. Petersburg is embodied in its architecture. Here the great Russian architectural and artistic renaissance emerged. Leading the movement were architects such as Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Rastrelli was commissioned by Tsaritsa Anna Ivanovna in 1730 to expand the Winter Palace which houses the Hermitage that Michael visited with his father.
Bartolome Rastrelli’s passion for architecture, interior design and art spawned the artistic Russian Renaissance mentioned earlier. He’s credited with inspiring future Russian artists and stimulated the emergence of a large school of artisans and master craftsmen which was a tradition of Romanov art culminating in the exquisite artistry and jewelry of the great Carl Faberge. Faberge is of course known for his Faberge Eggs.
How does all this relate to floral design you may ask. The answer is passion. When I study artists like Rastrelli and Faberge I’m immediately hit by the passion they possess for their crafts. Their passion fuels my passion which is floral design. Just as Rastrelli and Faberge were developing new styles of architecture and art, I am not content with the status quo and am constantly searching for the next big thing in floral and event design.
Just as Michael’s roots influence his creativity, the passion of artists, especially Bartolomeo Rastrelli and Carl Faberge, influence mine.