Interview: Annie Oxborough

Words by Angela Bevan

Annie Oxborough provides a coveted corner of The Department Store that’s forever changing, with each handmade terrarium or bespoke bouquet more charming than the last. Incredibly clever at mixing modern with vintage elements in her work, Annie’s botanical pieces come in all shapes, sizes and prices. We adore Annie and thought you’d like to meet her.

Hi Annie! Can you tell us a bit about what you do?
I do a multitude of work so it’s really hard to box it all up. I started my career when I was 14 and worked for one of Auckland’s top floral studios, then at 23 had my very first shop in Herne Bay, and started to specialize in weddings and function work on private yachts and homes. Now I do styling for magazines, I do up retail shops, or bars, I plant living walls, I still do events styling, floral workshops, and or course I sell my terrariums at The Department Store.

What inspires you in your work?
Breaking the boundaries, pushing the limits and being unique.

What makes you different from other more traditional florists?
I tend to think outside the square and have a very eclectic relaxed approach to my work. The more you leave me in a corner with a box of flowers and creative license, the better the result.

How often does stock change at TDS and what can we find there?
Stock changes on a fortnightly basis as we move with trends and different seasonal plants. I have tried to offer small price points for that little gift, or large instillation designs for something more substantial.

What are your New Year’s resolutions?
Create more, travel more, get more new fantastic ideas and to open a new store…

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