Kaylyn Hewitt: Floral Designer & Stylist
The Details of Flowers
Kaylyn Hewitt is a floral designer, of the name 1956blooms, from Boston who uses our Sutter's Mill Tool Bag both for her tools and everyday use. Kaylyn's designs are rustic and elegant with a hint of the unusual. She's also part of the Love Gives Way, where a portion of her revenue is donated to a local organization to help fight human trafficking. She's wholeheartedly a designer beyond the usual.
How did you get started in floral designs/styling? I think 1956 existed abstractly way before I made it official. I've loved flowers and styling for as long as I can remember, and after awhile it just came down to making a career out of it. My mom is an avid gardener, so flowers were always around. She worked part time at the nursery in our town, and I would always ask her to tell me names I flowers. I still do. What I do at 1956blooms would still be a part of my life even if I had chosen a different career path. Floral design, styling, aesthetics, all of those things, are an extension of myself and I'm so blessed that I get to call it my job.
How long have you been doing it for? I started 1956blooms in October 2013 and launched my website in January 2014. I just finished my first full year as a business owner. I learned a lot this past year and I'm looking forward to what lessons are in store for 2015. Being a creative business owner is tough because there is no set way to do things. Everyone has a different story for how they got started and what is working for them, so the learning curve is a bit steep. But I'm learning, and each day is a bit easier.
"I'm constantly looking to nature for my next cues."
What keeps you inspired? This is such a good question! Goodness, I'm always looking for inspiration in my surroundings. Because I work with flowers, I'm constantly looking to nature for my next cues. I never want my designs to seem unnatural or forced. There's a certain organic quality that I want all my designs to have and often the best inspiration comes from the environment.
If you could style a floral arrangement for United By Blue, what would you include? This is fun to think about. Something for United Blue would have to straddle the line between durability and whimsy. With a muted color palette, I'd love to include lots of greens, chocolate cosmos for an earthy-ness, hellebores (because I love them), maybe some sort of berry (blue?). I put a lot of thought into that...
We love that you have done more and partnered with "Love Gives Way", can you tell us what made you do so? As a floral stylist, it's not a usual choice – you could have easily not done anything at all. I love the work that Love Gives Way is doing. They have come up with a way for creatives to extend their talents far beyond a wedding day. As a professional in the wedding business, it can be easy to get caught up in all the details of that one short day but Love Gives Way challenges vendors to go further – they promote excellence with a purpose.
What are your essentials when on assignment for styling? Whether I'm on assignment for styling or flowers, I have the same few things always packed. Chances are I have coffee with me, my computer, my camera, and my Sutter's Mill Tool Bag. I keep it always packed and ready to go.
What have been your favorite features about the Sutter's Mill Tool Bag? So many things! Seriously, I love this bag so much and everyone knows it. It holds a lot of without being too cumbersome and it just looks good. I'm all about function but I'm into aesthetics, and the Sutter's Mill Tool Bag fits the bill in every way.
Any plans for the future? Yeah, of course! I'm working on streamlining my business – sorting through all the nooks and crannies. I have so many hopes and dreams for this little company of mine and I feel like I've only scratched this past year. The next big step for 1956 is finding a place to call home. A studio space is at the top of my list and something I'm so looking forward to have. We're already booking summer and fall weddings, have plans to do design exhibits, and hopefully we'll make time for a few pop shops here and there. It's exciting. I've been so thrilled and humbled by this whole process and I can't help but look to the future with anticipation. I love flowers and I will never tire of sharing them with others.