This was a very welcome challenge in my new workshop space especially now that I work alone a lot of the time.
But my teaching background (I was an Early Years Teacher and Lecturer for many years before turning to floristry!) soon kicked back into action as I prepared a relaxed ‘lesson plan’ for Sophie who was going to spend an afternoon with me to think about colour theories and choosing a colour palette, as well as make her own hand-tied bouquet. First though, she would need the tools of the trade and a tube of florist’s friend – some nice hand cream!
We looked at colour wheels to understand how different colours affect each other and I explained how certain colours harmonise or complement each other. Often deciding on a colour scheme can be your first filter to help narrow down selection from the many beautiful flowers available.
However a mixture of colours always works perfectly well when using seasonal and foraged elements because that’s just how they grow together naturally!
We looked at some of my favourite books by other florists and flower farmers and we drooled over the gorgeous arrangements in The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar. Some of her arrangements highlighted for us the importance of choosing a suitable vessel to enhance your flower arrangement!
We spent a lot of time looking at the possibilities of each flower not just for colour but shape, size and characteristics – which might be focal flowers which would add texture and shape to Sophie’s bouquet.
I worked alongside Sophie at each stage so that I could show how to condition and prepare flowers – it is often necessary to remove buds that detract from the impact of a single flower or thin down a branch to create a more dramatic effect.
I was able to demonstrate how to spiral stems in your hand to create the best display – and reassured Sophie that florists often have to ‘start again’ if the flowers just won’t go where you want them to!!
This was a real treat for me to share my knowledge and passion – I can’t wait for the next one-to-one session!
Great job Sophie and thanks for the feedback :
“My afternoon with Sue was a delight. Sue made me feel at ease throughout our
session and shared her fantastic knowledge with me without being
overwhelming. I learnt a lot in our session and I was amazed at the
beautiful bouquet I had managed to create by the end of it!
Thank you Sue for teaching me something new, sharing your knowledge and making me feel
comfortable. Oh and for the yummy homemade cake!”
PS I am happy to work alongside you (and a friend) to share my skills and passion for flowers in lots of different ways – contact me for details via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the comment form on this blog.
For details of my larger group workshops at Rugby School please go to my website and follow the link to Workshops www.gardengaterugby.co.uk