Born and raised in Nagoya 名古屋, Japan. Growing up in a family of florists, Yuka Fukushima 福島 由桂 became acquainted with greens and flowers since a young age.
Studied at Hana Ami Blumenschule 花阿彌 ブルーメンシューレ led by Kazumasa Kubo 久保 数政 and Gabriele Kubo, Fukushima was exposed to the European floristry in the summer of 2002, when she visited Staatliche Fachschule für Blumenkunst Weihenstephan, a national school in Germany specialised in floral design. Subsequently in 2008, Fukushima won the Hanaami Competition where it was judged by an esteemed panel included Gregor Lersch, one of the world’s pioneers in the industry.
Starting from 2019, after a considerable amount of time working with the family, Fukushima was determined to pursue her career as an independent floral designer and launched a new business called petrichor devoted to the creation of floral art. The showcase ‘Touch・Smell・Taste’ at Space SYNONYM presents Fukushima’s first-ever floral installation as well as objects inspired by distillation and the Proust effect, where she looked to widen the possibilities of scent and demonstrate the beauty of impermanence.
“By the end of the trip I just thought, I wish I could preserve all these, all the emotions, even the commotions, if I could distil that crispy taste of the river and the gin, the sense of having that graceful breeze passing through my hair and the warming sunshine glancing on the face, the feeling of how I was reaching out for the rocks on the mountain and treading cautiously among the forests, the rise in my body temperature and heartbeat, if I could…”