I N T E N S I V E D E S I G N W O R K S H O P
6 - 8 A U G U S T 2 0 1 8
August marks the midway point in the floral year; there is still the abundance of summer in the garden but turning foliage in the hedgerows heralds the cusp of a new season. Trees and shrubs grow heavy with ripening fruit; the studio fills with branches of crabapples, vines of fragrant tomatoes and brambles speckled with blackberries and rosehips.
Our designs at this time of the year showcase the generosity of the natural world in the weeks pre-harvest. Bouquets spill with garden roses, wild, foraged vines and mottled hydrangea, urns and vases with dahlias, zinnias, chocolate cosmos, echinacea, Japanese anemones and a myriad of feathery, textural grasses and seed-heads.
August is a month for unrestrained, multi-layered arrangements brimming with texture, fragrance and just a hint of the richer tones of the impending season-change. Interspersed among the softer, sugary shades of summer - creams, nude-pinks and apricots - are flecks of burnished gold, rust and velvety plum.
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 6 A U G U S T
T A B L E F L O W E R S
We will demonstrate how to compose distinctive, low, lush centrepiece designs of complementary tones and textures spilling with garden flowers, gestural vines and summer fruits.
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, trailing leafy vines and clustered vessels will be arranged with stationery, linens and eclectic candleware to create a variety of table settings.
T U E S D A Y 7 A U G U S T
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 spring blooms, leaves and fragrant herb-sprigs.
W E D N E S D A Y 8 A U G U S T
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 large-scale urn arrangement using chicken wire for structure. Creating a foundation of large seasonal briars and fruiting 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.