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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This workshop celebrates a particularly enchanting moment in the floral year. The arrival of spring in the studio marks the cusp of the long, glorious English growing season (April to October) when we are able to design with an abundance of exquisite flowers, unusual foliage and fragrant herbs grown at our Hampshire cutting garden and from other small-scale specialist UK growers. The hours of daylight are slowly lengthening and the earth is warming, fruit trees are awash with clouds of pink and white blossom. In the garden fresh green shoots are harbingers of the bounty to come.
For weddings and events the materials of spring lend a unique vitality, bursting with freshness and the promise of the year ahead. Our bouquets and table arrangements are structured with spindling branches of dainty blossom, layered with honey-scented narcissus, yellow-centred ranunculus, frilled and fringed tulips and hellebores, and finished with gestures of wispy fritillaria and frail anemones. Pale, softly nuanced colour palettes evoke the magical atmosphere of the end of winter, destined for moments of romance and flickering candlelight.
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 spring 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 2 3 A P R I L
T A B L E F L O W E R S
We will demonstrate how to compose low, sprawling centrepiece arrangements with the finest spring flowers and vines, using unusual tulips as sculptural focal flowers and adding drama with dancing stems of ranunculus and spindly fritillaria.
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 spring vines and clustered vessels will be arranged with stationery, linens and eclectic candleware to create a variety of spring table settings.
T U E S D A Y 2 4 A P R I L
B R I D A L B O U Q U E T
In this morning class students 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 2 5 A P R I L
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.