Kitsch is super excited to team up with fellow Norfolk business owner, Marissa Digirolamo of Studio Posy to offer our first class on the art of flower arrangements. Honestly, we can’t think of a more capable soul to teach this delightful class. Marissa’s floral artistry and love for her community earned her a recent feature in Distinction Magazine. We were thrilled when Marissa agreed to take time out of her busy schedule, pack up some of her precious cargo, and share her flowery wisdom with folks over at Kitsch. Seriously, what better way to begin your Saturday night festivities with some friends, a glass of wine, and an explosion of beautiful, mostly local flowers to play with? Plus, Marissa is a super fun person. Let this quirky lady -and your senses- guide you in creating a beautiful flower arrangement complete with a milk glass vase to take home and admire -or give to someone you love. Spend an evening with a pro and begin to cultivate a life-long skill. This class will take place on September 21st from 6 to 7:30 pm but the deadline to register is September 17th so hurry up folks! To learn more about Marissa and her wonderful shop, check out this little interview we had with her (because it’s fun getting to know people)!
Where do you find inspiration?
I find my inspiration equally in both nature and urban settings.
What’s your studio playlist?
edith piaf/wu tang/pj harvey/yo la tango/kurt vile/sonic youth/tom waits; just depends on my mood
Where is your studio?
Studio Posy is located in downtown Norfolk inside of the very beautiful and historic Monticello Arcade, between Plume Street and City Hall Ave.
How do you get yourself out of a creative rut?
Travel is always the best remedy to shake the blahs and reinvigorate the creative spirit. If it can’t be a plane ride away, an afternoon at the beach or walking in the woods works, too.
Favorite blog/movie/tv show/book that never fails to inspire or just clears the mind.
anything by jim jarmusch, robert altman, wes anderson, and sofia coppola is always comforting. the film ‘melancholia’ blows my mind. i really don’t read any blogs anymore, and we got rid of tv. instagram is my favorite procrastination.
You have a time machine. Where are you going?
i don’t know. i really like being exactly right here, right now. michael j. fox taught me when i was a kid that you shouldn’t mess with time travel!
What’s your dream project – if you had all the time and materials in the world?
everytime i take on a new project, it feels like a dream project if i get to work with beautiful materials in a style i love, or like-minded people. i love collaborating with other people. there are so many smart, fun people around our community, it blows my mind!
What artists influence your work – who are your creative idols?
too many to name! cindy sherman. mark rothko. keith haring. paul klee. marcel duchamp. gorky, miro, francis bacon. ugh! that’s so hard to narrow it down. also, there are so many amazing florists out there that inspire me. i really admire sarah ryhanen who co-owns saipua in nyc
How do you find balance?
with two kids- an almost seven year old and an almost five year old, a shop, a pop-up shop (at With Lavender and Lace)lots of wedding/event jobs on the weekends, i’m not really sure if i ever find balance. i just try to pick and choose my projects based on if i really think I’ll enjoy them. i thrive on fun projects that push me. My kids come first, so sometimes my shop hours can be wonky. My Mom helps out a lot with the business- she is a business partner. My best customers understand, and even seem to appreciate that my kids come first. I greatly appreciate that.
What’s your favorite local haunt?
I feel so lucky to live in a cool little city that is so close to the beach. That, combined with so many great gems around Norfolk. Kitsch (of course!), With Lavender and Lace, Nest Home, Lorak Jewelry, Cafe Stella, Smooth, The Birch, Chartreuse Bistro, Handsome Biscuit, The Naro, The Ten Top to name only a few— so much goodness! All locally-owned independent businesses. So good!