As I’m sure many of you saw, two weeks ago Mayesh hosted a workshop for the fabulous Francoise Weeks in our Orange County location. As a blogger and a (slowly but surely) aspiring floral designer myself, I more than willingly hopped on a plane in my rainy city of Seattle (seriously, I heard this is our wettest winter on record!) and traveled south to soak up some Vitamin D, as well as some funky floral education from the guru herself. I participated in the first day, and my cousin & fellow marketing team member, Jenn, took over on day two. As part of the marketing team, it’s always fun to expand our floral knowledge and provide multiple perspectives to our followers. In this blog I’ll discuss the first thing we designed, floral purses, and stay tuned for part two, focusing on the second half of day one!
If you’ve been following along at all with my personal journey into the world of flower design, you might have seen an arrangement here, a bouquet there… but a floral purse? Nope! In fact, you probably haven’t seen many in general! Floral purses can be a fun and quirky alternative to things like centerpieces and flower girl baskets, and bring something totally unique to the table. Now, I must admit, I learned at this workshop that floral purses are (apparently) not a strength of mine. It could have been because of my lack of design experience, or it could have been because halfway through constructing the base I decided to go a new route, take it apart, reconstruct the base, and start adding flowers to the exterior with very little time left… we shall never know. But, despite my own, we’ll call them, “personal problems,” the rest of the designers in attendance dove right in and all came up with some pretty awesome purses. I should also mention, the product we were given to work with was incredible. It was set up in the middle of the tables, and was basically an installation all on its own. Every color of the rainbow, foliage galore, and the cutest little succulents you ever did see. How could you go wrong?
My favorite thing about the workshop, and this goes for the rest of the pieces we did as well, was just how different every design was. Seriously – not one looked the same! Francoise is a wonderful teacher and gave clear and precise demonstrations for each piece, but ended each demonstration with one word: Go. And she meant it. She encouraged us to go wild, test our artistic boundaries, and think outside of the box. And that’s what everyone did, hence the production of twenty-something totally unique designs for each piece of the workshop. See for yourself below!
Photos by Wheeland Photography