“Hand me the shears please.” Azuma Makoto is building one of his incredibly creative floral sculptures whilst talking to filmmaker Alison Klayman and her New Yorker Documentary team.
“I always feel this way,” Makoto continues. “Flowers are about something more than just beauty. If you just wanted to see something beautiful, you can go out into nature. So what makes people feel a deep emotional connection to flowers? I think it’s because flowers can convey the arranger’s joy, emotions and technique.”
We feel all of these things deeply in viewing Makoto’s work. Those in the know call Makoto a ‘punk florist’, influenced both by his wild creative risks – check out his frozen bouquets at Dries Van Noten’s 2017 Spring/Summer show – and his past life as a punk rocker.
In Alison Klayman’s ‘Flower Punk’, Makoto and his team work quickly, bringing market flowers to safe harbour in a frosty concrete and steel workspace. Botanical Photographer Shiinoki Shunsuke captures Makoto’s cut and curated blooms as they move through their different phases of beauty and decay.
Makoto’s sculptures find themselves catapulted into space and plunged deep into the sea. How will these flowers battle the elements? With remarkable strength, as it turns out. Makoto also considers how he can use flowers to help Japanese communities heal after the devastation of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake.
‘Flower Punk’ is a beautifully creative short; well worth a watch.
From Flower Punk. Alison Klayman’s New Yorker Documentary based on Azuma Makoto.
Cinematography by: Marc Silver