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The beginning of autumn, season of the witch and the winemaker, of windfalls and toadstools.
With the change of season a spell-like sense of nostalgia is cast - the shift in weather brings morning fog, afternoon mists and bouts of dappled golden sunshine. It is one of the most beautiful, atmospheric times of the year in England - walking in the woods beneath leaves that range from rust to burnished gold, picking sloes and rose-hips for preservation and enjoyment later in the winter. The paler shades of summer are rapidly peppered with the jewel tones of ruby-red berries and citrine foliage.
Autumn is a magical time for floral ingredients, from dusky speckled hydrangea, limey bramble leaves and glittering metallic grasses to velvety chocolate cosmos, pistachio zinnias, garden roses and rangy Japanese anemones.
P R A C T I C A L S K I L L S & D E S I G N
Using the finest autumn 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 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 photograph. 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.
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B R I D A L F L O W E R S
In the morning session, following a demonstration, students will create a garden-inspired bridal bouquet, focusing on blending colours, adding gestural flowers and creating a loose, natural shape finished with streaming ribbons.
The afternoon will be dedicated to learning how to create intricate buttonholes and corsages to complement your bouquet design, weaving together the daintiest autumn flowers, leaves and grasses to form delicate accessories finished with silk and grosgrain ribbons.
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T A B L E F L O W E R S
We will demonstrate how to compose low, sprawling centrepiece arrangements using the finest autumn flowers and foliage; each student will then make their own individual design. Garden roses and dahlias will be used as shapely focal flowers, layered with Rudbeckia, Scabiosa, blackberries and bunny tail grasses.
Using a range of beautiful antique props we will style a series of mock-up event or wedding ‘tablescapes’ from garden-y bowls to massed linear arrangements and clustered, mixed-height vessels. Varying compositions of florals and trailing vines will be arranged with stationery, linens and candleware to demonstrate the effects of a variety of table settings.
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C E R E M O N Y F L O W E R S
Working in unique vessels, we will demonstrate and then guide you through your own large-scale arrangement using chicken wire for structure. Creating a foundation of sculptural autumnal branches for shape and balance, we will layer the largest focal flowers and lastly add in the wispy gestures or 'accent’ flowers.
As a team we will collaboratively work to a set brief to decorate a beautiful autumnal ceremony backdrop. We will share our approach to constructing installations for weddings and events including both the creative design and practical mechanics that go into building large-scale floral installations without the use of floral foam.
Workshop price £1,440.
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, and we keep our intensive workshops intimate so that every student can benefit from individual attention.
10am to 4pm, with a break for lunch. Refreshments will be supplied each day and all materials, aprons and snips are provided. You are welcome to take flowers home with you after the workshop to enjoy over the weekend.
Following the workshop students will receive high quality digital images of their individual pieces, for use within their portfolio.