I N T E N S I V E D E S I G N W O R K S H O P
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Riotous and abundant, an English summer garden is rife with colour, texture and scent. Understandably the most popular season for weddings, the warm weather and long, light days bring a spate of bountiful flowers, herbs and foliage to our cutting garden, which teems with bees, butterflies and unfurling petals. Our summer bouquets and arrangements are liberally layered with dainty blooms, intricate vines and leafy branches; flurries of sweetpeas, garden roses in every shape and shade, lofty delphiniums and silky, crinkled poppies.
In this intensive workshop we will use the cream of the crop from our garden and freshly foraged materials to create designs truly evocative of the balmy days and myriad riches of midsummer. We will explore the crux of provenance to garden-inspired design and how to use the shapes, colours and textures of flowers, leaves and branches to evoke the natural beauty of this brimming, bewitching season.
We run a limited number of 3-day group workshops a year at our design studio in West London. Each workshop celebrates the finest materials of the season, many grown and foraged at our cutting garden in the Hampshire countryside. These workshops are designed to give students a truly intensive creative experience as well as hands-on practical lessons on how to create floral designs for events and weddings in a naturalistic style without restrictive rules.
P R A C T I C A L S K I L L S & D E S I G N
Using the finest summer flowers, branches and foliage, students will learn how to compose loose, romantic bridal bouquets and delicate floral accessories, how to style tablescapes and craft centrepiece arrangements, and how to build larger-scale designs including urns and floral installations.
As well as practical techniques and composition we will explore ways of working to a client's brief, development of a colour palette, choice of props, and how to create floral designs that savour the time of year, the setting and, most crucially, the ingredients of the season.
T H E B U S I N E S S O F F L O W E R S
This workshop is open to all levels, from beginners at the start of their floral journey to seasoned florists and arrangers looking to rejuvenate their wedding and event work with a new philosophy or style. In relaxed, open group discussions we will explore the nitty gritty of wedding and event design and logistics, the challenges and advantages of using own-grown and locally sourced materials, and how to work with the seasons.
We will share experiences from our own journey and discuss our design philosophy, the importance of provenance, finding inspiration in art and contemporary design and how to conceptualise and deliver an original creative brief.
P R E S E N T A T I O N & S T Y L I N G
We will finish each session by demonstrating how to style your finished piece for an atmospheric series of photographs. Students are encouraged to bring along their own cameras - workshops are a great opportunity to practise photographing flowers for portfolios and social media, and to document arrangements taking shape.
Using natural light and with a studio full of props, from swathes of silk velvet and linen to antique candlesticks, ceramics and tableware in pewter, brass and glass, we will explore ways to set up a beautiful still-life scene for the perfect portfolio image. Following the workshop we will send high quality digital images to each student of their work.
M O N D A Y 9 J U L Y
T A B L E F L O W E R S
We will demonstrate how to create a low table arrangement using the chicken-wire technique, incorporating small, sculptural branches for shape and layering blowsy face flowers and whimsical gestural stems for a bowl brimming with scent, colour and texture.
T A B L E S T Y L I N G
Using a range of beautiful antique props we will style a series of mock-up event or wedding tablescapes. Varying compositions of florals, flowering vines and clustered vessels will be arranged with stationery, linens and eclectic candleware to create a variety of summer table settings.
T U E S D A Y 1 0 J U L Y
B R I D A L B O U Q U E T
In this morning class we will create a garden-inspired romantic bridal bouquet, focusing on blending colours, adding gestural flowers and creating a loose, natural shape finished with streaming silk ribbons.
B R I D A L A C C E S S O R I E S
We will show you how we make our intricate buttonholes, corsages and hair circlets to complement our bouquet designs, weaving together the daintiest summer blooms, leaves and fragrant herb-sprigs.
W E D N E S D A Y 1 1 J U L Y
L A R G E S C A L E A R R A N G E M E N T
We will demonstrate and then guide you through your own urn arrangement using chicken wire for structure. Creating a foundation of large seasonal briars and branches for shape, we will layer the largest focal flowers and lastly add in the wispy gestures or 'accents'.
G R O U P I N S T A L L A T I O N
As a team we will design and build a hanging/wall installation. We will share our way of approaching these for wedding ceremonies and events including both the design and mechanics that go into large-scale floral installations.
Workshop price £1,200 inclusive of VAT.
There is a split-payment option constituting a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to the workshop start date.
Places are limited to a maximum of four per workshop: we teach as a pair and keep our intensive workshops intimate so that every student can benefit from individual attention and two sets of expertise and advice.
To book a place, please click here.
A delicious, light seasonal lunch and refreshments will be supplied each day and all materials and snips are provided.
You are welcome to take home your bouquets and accessories after the workshop.
Previous workshops and student work can be seen here.