metal + moss is a collaborative floral design and installation brand based in Portland, OR founded by Britlyn Simone and Tanzie Hickory.
Who We Are
Britlyn Simone has been obsessed with all things botanical since she can remember, playing in her childhood gardens, dissecting blossoms and creating bouquets. Her childhood fascination has become a driving force in her life and a passion that can't be tamed. Britlyn began working as a floral designer over a decade ago and has since seen her love of flowers take her around the globe. She is endlessly awestruck by the abundance of forms, colors, textures and scents that nature creates. She uses a hopelessly twisted vine, an insect bitten leaf, or an unusually variegated petal to draw inspiration and inform her design. The less you fuss with nature the better, because nature has already fussed with itself quite enough.
Tanzie Hickory has been creating installations and visual displays professionally for the past 13 years. Her work began in Miami, Florida collaborating with local galleries and major fashion companies to produce both on large and small scales. Tanzie's passion and talent has allowed her opportunities to create in major cities from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland.
Our Design Philosophy
ASYMMETRY: A balanced unbalance. Don't try to mirror yourself because one side will always look forced.
TEXTURE + SIZE VARIATION: Tie in large focal flowers and smaller filler flowers to create a visually balanced arrangement with variation. Some of the most interesting and intricate flowers are the tiniest! It's not always bigger is better.
MOVEMENT + EYE FLOW: Keep it interesting and unexpected! Create movement and space within your designs to let your eyes wander around the arrangement to and from focal points.
SPATIAL AWARENESS: What space are you designing for? Don't design an arrangement for your dining room table thats three feet tall because you won't be able to see anyone sitting across from you. Think about the space the flowers will occupy.
FOLIAGE ISN'T JUST GREEN: Foliage comes in a whole world of colors to compliment any color palette from autumn golds to rich burgundy tones. Don't get stuck on green.
USE THE WEIRD ONES: The weirder the better! Our design highlights natures unbelievable oddities with uncommonly variegated foliage, vines twisting in wild directions and bug bitten patterns on delicate petals. We believe in foraging to find flowers and foliage you won't find at any wholesale market.