Dutch Masters, a Flower School Study

Last October, I invited students to study the Dutch Masters still lifes of the Golden Age. Many artists of the time painted food, fruit, shellfish and interesting vessels, but it was the flower studies I wanted to focus on.

I started with a short discussion on how I approach my designs- my considerations, my inspiration and my ethos. I then demonstrated a large scale design before the class made their individual pieces, encouraging students to go for a forage first, to walk around the village and really look at nature- the forms, shapes, textures and contrasting colours which although conflicting, seem to work together so well… one student in particular really embraced this, and came back with a cabbage which he sliced in two, to reveal a beautifully intricate veining throughout the leaves…

The work speaks for itself, and I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Our next one is on 10th October, with full lunch included, and costs ¬£310. We’re based in North Hampshire, UK. Students get professional images of their work to take away with them, by Ria Mishaal.

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Winter Wedding Flowers, Millbridge Court

Millbridge Court is fast becoming one of my favourite venues to dress- the team are so easy to work with, and the venue itself is a blank canvas; free for us to do as we please. Being a preferred supplier, we’re there a lot again this year- I really appreciate every wedding being so different… it’s always fun to try new things!

Gemma and Matt wanted neutral, clean winter wedding flowers with a scandi vibe- and Matt was quite insistent of the willow coming from the centrepieces which added much needed height and interest on the day. Using of English foliage and fauna, with gorgeous, seasonal blooms, our work was beautifully captured by Sarah Legge Photography- thank you  Sarah, so looking forward to working with you more this year.

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Spring Flower School

From hanging balls, archways, handtieds and hair combs, Spring Flower School has started with gusto. What a way to welcome in the year! We still have another Marquee course to welcome, talks from me on Costings & Stem Counts and The Business of Wedding Floristry, as well as 10’s of 1-2-1’s and enquiries are coming in thick and fast for our Autumn Flower School.

We’ll take a break (well, kind of) over the Summer, as we work on the Summer’s weddings but I will be back to teaching group classes from October… see you then?!

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