Name Kirby-Jay Conyette
Hometown I am originally from the beautiful twin isle of Trinidad and Tobago, and up until quite recently, I resided in the prettiest city, Annapolis.
Area of Expertise I am a silk and paper floral artist, and pointillism illustrator. I specialize in floral backdrop installations and intricately- designed hand-painted collectibles.
How did you get your start in Floral Artistry and Illustration?
A quote by Jean Vanier comes to mind, "Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness." I have always loved acrylic paints, but I was never able to master the techniques of acrylic painting. Instead I would fill my blank canvases with thousands of tiny dots and floral details using hundreds of tubes of acrylic paints.My friends loved them; they found the details in my designs mesmerizing, so I began transferring them to every object I could find: candle holders, bottles, tea cups and shoes. ikamCreate was born. A year later, a friend requested a floral backdrop for her event. My illustration technique was not suitable for a project of that magnitude, so I introduced small silk flowers and larger handcrafted paper floral elements into my composition. I have been designing floral backdrops and 3D art pieces for events and homes ever since.
What has been the highlight of your career?
I practice celebrating all the little things. Two of my highlights are:
1) This year, I created my 1st floral shop display window installation for HERE, a pop-up shop currently located on popular Main Street, Annapolis!
2) I provided floral planning and decor for my 1st out-of-state wedding last year - hello Ohio!
How would you describe your work?
My work can be best described as whimsical, intricate, and on my end, tedious joy.
What is your best piece of advice for brides planning their wedding?
Take a deep breath! Focus on the beautiful journey you're about to begin and let your vendors handle the wedding details. We’ve got you!
What trends do you hope to see come and go in 2019?
As a whole, I love trends. They shake things up a bit in the design world. Yes, everyone wants that look or color palette, but I've found that my clients always opt to have a variation of a trend with their own unique twist.
When you’re not working in weddings, what are you up to?
My floral design extends beyond weddings. I provide installations for many different events, bridal showers, baby showers, graduations, fundraisers and more. I also design 3D paper floral accent pieces for homes and offices. My floral work keeps me busy, but in my downtime you can find me binge watching a series or two on Netflix.