A few years back, I dreamed a dream which was to bring floral workshops to the Bay Area. Initially each workshop was a 3 day event and meant to be part hands on floral demonstration and part business tips + insights which I called Wedding Floral Academy. It mixed both of my loves into 3 days.
After my accident in 2010, I had to put those dreams in the back burner until I could find a way to do the workshops and balance my work schedule. I had intended to do one a year but work got in the way and I didn't really pursue it again. At the end of last year, in 2013, I wanted to get back into the workshop and lucky for me, I got asked to speak at the Chapel Designers in Santa Barbara which was so rewarding. Again in spring of this year, I was asked by dear floral friend, Alicia of Flirty Fleur Blog to speak for Greater Seattle Floral Association. It was a complete joy and I'm so happy to share some of the images from our 1 day workshop.
After each of these workshops, my love for teaching and sharing has not only grown but it's blossomed. (ps: I feel like I've found something that I love doing thus the reason why I have partnered with my friends, Kelly and Mary on Oh So Inspired. Sorry for this obnoxious plug)
Along with our new website, we are introducing our workshops and the format is very interesting. Let me (*and my team) come to you. Instead of coming to a workshop in San Francisco and working out of our limited space in our 700 square production space at the SF Flower Market, fly me to your community where we can tailor a program for you.
It can be 1 day or even more depending on what your group wants to learn and how much time you have.
I'll give you the recipes, you gather the flowers. I fly to your town and work in a space that you select. Provide breakfast and lunch so that we can sit together and get to know each other. Your investment will go toward learning new techniques and floral trends. Plus, it's a great time to reignite your creative side. Also, get feedback - right than and there. Together, we can work on team projects and tackle things that as individuals we might not get a chance to work on. It's a good time for all.
During each hands on workshop, you can ask me questions. I'll do my part to give you honest answers based on my experiences and tried and true practices.
These wonderful images are from the Belltown Workshop for the GSFA. Here I demonstrate how to do one of my Signature hand tied asymmetric bouquet in hues of cream, blush, ebony, peaches and brown hues. Flowers used include peonies, honeysuckle, agonies, sweet peas, garden roses, and other textural elements.
Together we worked on this long centerpiece. Attendees worked in a production line so that each person had their own task.
And voila - here is the finish piece on top of a pea green linen with silver Chiavari chairs.
The mood is modern and elegant. Flowers in groupings. Colors of cream, lime, kelly green and grey green tones. Flowers used included Vendela roses, creamy hydrangea, white Lisianthus, moss ball dianthus, lime gladiolus, airplanes, white Dianthus, White phalaenopsis in silver mirrored glass boxes with tapered glass tubes.
Close up of the modern centerpiece.
For the Belltown Workshop, I enjoyed meeting so many new floral designers, including our host, Christiane Zweifler of Flora Nova and her adorable puppy labrador, Cosma. I had made a floral crown which is can work as a dog collar!!! ( hi pups!)
The sweet and beautiful Tess of July Floral Design with her compote design.
There is Kelly of Botanique with her lush arrangement. It is as happy as her smile.
Our talented and wonderful host, Christiane of Flora Nova with grand and lovely design. Those chocolate cosmos are so wonderful.
I want to thank the wonderful ladies and gentleman from the GFSA who were in attendance. Pictured below
Alicia of Bella Fiori & Flirty FleursAnne of FloressenceChristiane of Flora NovaChristopher of Christopher FlowersColleen of BotanikalEmily of Lola FloralJodi of Woodland FlowersKate of In Bloom DesignsKelly of BotaniqueLorie of Ring Around The RoseMelanie of Melanie Benson FloralMelissa of Terra Bella FlowersTess of July FloralWendy of Ravenna Bloom
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All these wonderful images were captured by my husband, Kevin Chin. What a wonderful surprise that he jumped in to help document the day. Thank you, Kevin!