After years of working in the floral industry amping up the atmospheres of weddings and countless events, Marcy Lally decided it was time to make a change. She adored flowers and natural elements, that much she knew, but floral design simply wasn’t inspiring her as it once had. Marcy had a hunger to pursue something different, something a bit riskier. She wanted to become an artist. And with the help of family and friends, that’s exactly what she did.
To get started, Marcy rented a studio in Kansas City, MO’s Hobbs building. A kitchen, lounge and enough room to really spread out and create have made the studio perfect for the growing artist. On any given day, you can open the doors to Marcy’s place and find her sculpting and firing flowers to attach to porcelain figurines. Into the wee hours of the morning she mounts these floral creations onto found, naturally-shed animal skulls, each piece honoring the cycle of nature — from bloom to death to bloom again. After around 30 hours of work, the completed piece is then hung proudly on the studio’s walls. They each shine as a testament to Marcy’s fortitude and how fearlessly she took the leap to follow her dreams.
While she’s shifted her creative focus away from snipping and arranging flowers, Marcy loves how her new gig still keeps her closely tied to nature. The difference is now she’s no longer simply making pretty things out of earth’s bounty. She’s creating art with a message and a point of view that honors the natural world, and that’s something she couldn’t be more thrilled about. Click through to take a peek at the space where all of her beautiful creations come to life. Enjoy! —Garrett