Today we’d like to introduce you to Tajalli Missaghi.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I always wanted to have fresh flowers in my home, but store-bought bouquets never made the cut. When I lived in Minneapolis, I would visit a small flower shop down the street from my apartment that sold flowers by the stem, by the bucket, and by the bunch. It was run by a couple of nice gentlemen out of a warehouse—it was such a unique and intriguing experience that I kept going back to buy different flowers. After each visit, I would take the flowers home and practice arranging them until I managed to make something that looked like an arrangement. Next thing I knew I was asked to design the flowers for my brother’s wedding; then my sister in-law’s, and then more friend’s and family’s weddings. During that time, I was working full-time in marketing, so it was more of a hobby. When I had my first child I took time off work to stay home but after a while I was craving a creative and professional outlet and soon launched The Petal. The Petal has challenged me to be disciplined from a business perspective and has allowed me to express my artistic side. But most importantly, and most fun for me, I get to make brides happy on their big day!
Please tell us about your art.
I am a self-taught floral designer who curates arrangements and décor for weddings and special events. My style is very romantic, organic, and garden-inspired. I design arrangements that are elegant and refined using the finest product. One of the most rewarding parts of what I do is to not only be a part of someone’s wedding day, but creating a bridal bouquet that is personalized and reflects the bride. I love working with people and making them smile. With every piece I create I hope to spark conversation and curiosity—similar to a painting or sculpture (mine just don’t last as long).
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I wish I had more advice on connecting with other artists, unfortunately, I don’t think I do this enough either. It is very important to me to support fellow artists and to create more of a network of industry professionals instead of “competitors”. Building a community of artists can be so beneficial to our business and to the industry as a whole. We are a community of people with a common love for flowers and creating beautiful things. I find that Instagram has really helped me connect with other floral designers, and the response from reaching out to others has been nothing but positive. Sometimes you just have to take a leap and reach out to say hi.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
As of now I am only creating for special events and weddings, however, my Instagram feed (@thepetalchicago) and website (www.the-petal.com) feature all of my work regularly. My work was also recently featured on the wedding blog, Style Me Pretty.
- Address: Oak Park
- Website: www.the-petal.com
- Phone: 224-764-1583
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @thepetalchicago
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepetalchicago/
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/thepetalchicago/
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