We had the good fortune of connecting with Carter Quick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carter, what are you inspired by?
Lately I have been pulling inspiration from film, and paintings. I spent many years working in editorial photography and was burnt out after a decade of work. I really thought I would never pick up a camera again. Over the past several months I have been building these minature sets in my bedroom and making my own floral photoshoots. As a florist, I think I had this fixed idea of what my clients/audience wanted to see from me so I kept it rather safe and traditional. I’m listening to my gut now. I’m taking trips to art galleries again and finding comfort in the artists that have walked a few laps around this earth before me. I have a small body of work that I have been guarding because I’m not sure how to release it. Who the audience might be. If it’s finished. I think at some point the best thing to do is just surrender it into the world. It’s no longer up to the artist to hold that space once it’s put upon the public. I think because I’ve been spending more time just creating for myself as opposed to the online audience I’m finding an even greater love for flowers, photography, my own well being.
What should our readers know about your business?
I started my Flower company a little over two years ago. During the beginning of the pandemic I would host different flower/plant pop ups. It was a great way for me to build a base of future clients. My first love is working with other artists so I always gravitate to photoshoots, stages, and film. I’ve had the good fortune of working with some really great people over the past couple years. I’m still at a point of new growth in the business, trying to figure out target audiences/more of the technical behind the scenes of the operation. Right now I’m at a really fun part of the job where I am just creating for myself. It’s less about what I think my audience wants and more about trusting my instincts. It’s about making those leaps of faith and trusting in the process.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would absolutely hit up the Flower Market Downtown in the early morning. A quick breakfast visit to one of the oldest diners still open in LA The Original Pantry (877 South Figueroa Street)
A stop over to Rodeo Tattoo in Lincoln Heights (@rodeotattooco) for some amazing ink from Anna Williams (@annadwilliams) make sure to email her for an appointment first.
For some great reading material nestled in the heart of Echo Park hang out at Des Pair Books (@despairbooks)
If you are looking for special vintage items look no further than Sleeper Vintage (@shopsleeper)
Afternoon drinks with one of the chillest patios at Bar Flores (@barflores_la)
There’s always time for a beach day in Malibu!
Light dinner at Atrium in Los Feliz. (@atriumlosfeliz) Excellent food and drinks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Elza Burkart (@elzaburkart), the best date to any art gallery this side of the planet. Thank you for inspiring me to make art for myself again.
David Wojnarowicz for creating dangerously. 1954-1992
Portrait of Carter by Elza Burkart (@elzaburkart)