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Mayesh Design Star Seattle Workshop Recap

 

We just wrapped up our 2018 Mayesh Design Star Tour last month, so we wanted to take a look back at the year and all the great workshops we were able to host! This year’s tour and workshop centered around the theme of “Curate & Create,” and Kaylee of Flourish by Kay and her assistant Jamie Heusser led students in identifying their brand and creating beautiful floral designs.

 

Our Seattle workshop in July was held at Metropolist, a modern and industrial space in Seattle’s SODO district. The venue was spacious and open and provided the perfect amount of natural light for our summer workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

To kick off the workshop, Monday began with a networking event. Students enjoyed wine and appetizers while getting to know each other and listening to presentations from our very own Dave Tagge about all the great products the students would be working with. Kaylee then led the students in a mood boarding activity in which she discussed the importance of identifying one’s individual brand and using that to guide their floral designs.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

To kick off day two, the students revisited their mood boards in order to have a clear vision as they dove into a day of designing, followed by a centerpiece demonstration and then finally getting their hands on all of the beautiful product to make their own, using compotes provided by Accent Decor.

 

After lunch catered by The London Plane, Kaylee and her assistant Jamie worked with the students on two different installations: a ceremony setup with petite aisle pieces and a floral trellis, and a wildflower field. Assistant extraordinaire Jamie then doubled as our model for the day, posing among the wildflower “field” the students created… we’re obsessed with how those photos turned out! The student’s work was also photographed by Nicole Clarey on a minimal yet beautifully styled table by Kaylee using pieces from Classic Vintage Rentals in Portland, OR.

 

To wrap up the workshop, Kaylee answered floral business questions and as a special treat, her husband Landon shared his passion for brand storytelling and how he has challenged Kaylee to hone in on her brand using this storytelling strategy.

 

 


 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: Metropolist
Rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals
Model: Jamie Heusser

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

2019 MDS Workshop Dates

 

The day has finally arrived! We know how patiently you have all been waiting, and we're so excited to finally be able to announce the details, dates, and locations for our 2019 workshops with Shean Strong!

This year we're doing something a little different and will be offering two different types of classes: an All Levels Class and a Masterclass. Over the past two years we have absolutely loved meeting and working with attendees of all different skill levels, and we think that offering these two classes will provide even more value to each and every one of our students.

 

So without further ado, here are next year's dates & locations!

 


 

January 14-15  |  San Diego, California  |  Masterclass

 

May 20-21  |  Nashville, Tennessee  |  All Levels Class

 

August 12-13  |  Austin, Texas  |  Masterclass

 

November 11-12  |  Columbus, Ohio  |  All Levels Class

 

 


 

To kick things off, make sure to check out our Instagram Story tomorrow as Shean will be making a little announcement you definitely won't want to miss!

 

Mayesh Design Star Charleston Workshop Recap

 

The year is flying by, and although we have only one workshop left in our 2018 Mayesh Design Star workshop series, we still have our past three workshops to recap!

 

First up: CHARLESTON

 

Our May Charleston workshop was just featured on Botanical Brouhaha, but there are so many more beautiful photos we just had to share.

The workshop was held at The Cedar Room, a dreamy venue located in Charleston’s historic Cigar Factory. With white washed brick walls, tall windows and as much natural light as you could possibly hope for, this venue was more than perfect for our spring inspired workshop.

 


 

DAY ONE

 

As with our Miami workshop, we started the workshop Monday evening with a networking event. The students enjoyed appetizers and wine while meeting one another and watching presentations from Ryan O’Neil of Curate & Jodi Duncan for Design Master. Following their educational presentations, Kaylee discussed the important role mood boards play in her design process, and had each student create their own as a way to help define their style. Everyone – the Mayesh team included! – then went around and wrote a descriptive word next to each mood board, leaving each student with a long list of words to help articulate their style in five words. This exercise was a great way to get the students thinking about their unique styles and coming into day two with more intention.

 

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

Day two was all about design. Kaylee and her assistant Jamie led the students in a group installation activity. When the students arrived, the ceremony was set up with a simple, bare arch and two large urn arrangements to show one option for a ceremony set up. Then, as a class they created the second ceremony option: a lush floral arch and aisleway installation using spirea, garden roses and peonies.

Following the installation, Kaylee demonstrated how she creates her signature bridal bouquets. The students then designed their own bouquets, finished off with gorgeous silk ribbon from Adorn Company and photographed with local model Hilary Rose.

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Venue: The Cedar Room
Rentals: Ooh! Events
Ribbon: Adorn
Model: Hilary Rose
Dress: Fabulous Frocks Bridal
HMUA: Pampered & Pretty

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more and reserve your spot in our LAST workshop of the year in Salt Lake City, click here!

 

Mayesh Design Star Miami Workshop Recap

 

As we gear up for our third workshop of the year in Seattle, we’re taking a look back on our first workshop this past January in Miami! Now that it has officially been published on Botanical Brouhaha, we’re excited to share some more of the beautiful photos and video to give you a look into what our Curate & Create Workshop Tour with Kaylee Young really looks like.

Our Miami workshop was held at 255 Studio, a photography studio in the vibrant Wynwood Arts District that provided the perfect blank canvas for Kaylee to work with.

 


 

VIDEO

 

DAY ONE

 

The workshop kicked off with an evening networking event. Two of our product sponsors (Hosa & Alexandra Farms) stopped by to talk about their products while the students ate delicious appetizers from Food Guy Catering. Then Kaylee led the class in a mood boarding activity in an effort to help the students define their own, unique design styles and come into the next day with intention.

 

 


 

DAY TWO

 

The second day of the workshop focused on design. Kaylee walked the students through her entire process from order curation to design. The students were then given the opportunity to create their own centerpieces using the most amazing product from our sponsors.

The last piece of the workshop was a group installation, led by Kaylee and her design assistant, Jamie Heusser. Together they created a chuppah and aisleway installation with a variety of foliages and garden roses.

 

 

 

Workshop Credits:

 

Taught by Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay
Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography
Videography: Talewind Visuals
Venue: 255 Miami Studio
Rentals: Elements & AccentsLavish Event Rentals
Catering: Food Guy Catering

 

Workshop Product Sponsors:

 

 


 

To learn more about our workshops and reserve your spot in one of the remaining three (Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake City), click here!

 

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature: Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

 

With just two weeks left until our Mayesh Design Star Charleston workshop, we wanted to give a little shout out to one of our vendors, Adorn, who will be proving beautiful silk ribbon for all of the attendees’ bouquets. Here’s a little background on the Hawaii-based company:

 

 


 

 

Adorn is a handmade textile and fine art line founded by floral designer Mandy Grace and artist Nichola Moss. Their debut raw-edge silk ribbon collection was born out of an innocent curiosity. As a painter, Nichola had recently explored using silk scarves as her medium. Mandy was working in her flower studio alongside her mother-in-law and noticed an ethereal piece of silk stretched across an artist canvas. She asked Nichola if she had ever considered dying silk. The pair thought, let’s try.

 

Adorn merges art and nature, offering beautifully simple and organic adornment for wedding flowers and décor.  As a florist by trade, prepping wedding bouquets, Mandy found a continual five yard run of ribbon yields the least amount of waste. Each shade is dyed by hand, giving the ribbon a soft look and feel. The color variations contain subtle differences in tone, making every spool of ribbon unique.

 

Adorn now offers nearly 40 gorgeous shades of silk ribbon and a collection of gauze runners made of 100% natural fibers in eight soft hues to drape across a wooden farmhouse table at a dinner party at home or intimate celebration in nature. In 2017, Adorn debuted their line of textured wooden styling boards to satisfy the need for beautifully moody photo backdrops in the fine art film community.

 

Made locally in Hawaii.

 


 

 

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop Vendor Feature Adorn

MDS Workshop vendor feature Adorn

Photo by @joelserrato

 


 

Our Charleston workshop is now sold out, but if you’re in the Seattle, Santa Barbara or Salt Lake areas, be sure to check out the details and save your seat to join us on tour!

 

 

Interview with Holly Chapple

 

If you haven’t heard the news yet, we’re so excited to announce that Holly Chapple will be joining us in Quito next year for our Mayesh Design Star International Experience! With twenty-five years of experience, Holly is a wealth of knowledge from both a design and business standpoint, and we can’t wait to share that knowledge with all of our attendees.

 

We caught up with Holly to ask her a few questions about herself and her journey in the industry!

 

 


 

 

Let’s start off simple – tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started in the flower industry? (Or maybe that’s not such simple question!)

I am a floral and event designer in Leesburg, Virginia, I am a mom of seven and run my business from home so that I can tend to the things happening in our family and at our house.  My parents owned and operated a garden center/produce market all of my life. We grew much of the product we sold. My father taught me how to make garlands, centerpieces, wreaths, and kissing balls so that I could help with the designing during holiday periods.  As kids, we spent our summers on the back of a truck selling produce or in the fields growing mums. When I married my husband and I landed on a property full of lilac, viburnum, peony, and hydrangea. Designing was a natural progression for me and it became the way I would support my family.

 

 

You have become so much more than a floral designer… can you talk about The Chapel Designers and what inspired you to start this network of floral designers?

This was a result of social media, I had been blogging daily for my blog, The Full Bouquet. This was 9.5 years ago, at the time very few designers were using this forum. Other small businesses began bonding with our studio because we were facing the same issues. Chapel Designers grew organically and out of need.  Today this organization brings so much support to its members, its all about a community of like-minded professionals but now we are family!!

 

 

Your husband is a big part of your business now too! How is it working so closely together? 

This quite frankly is often very hard. Evan is very black and white, the world of design is not. He tries so hard to bring balance and continuity to our team, but as all designers know at any moment an order can come in and we are all of a sudden up to our eyeballs in chaos; obviously, procurement of stems also causes chaos and lack of balance. However, his need for balance and organization makes so much of our company run beautifully. Evan handles the financials and the payroll thank goodness, but explaining to him why I had to source a precious out-of-season stem is not easy. Evan is also very much into growing and building, therefore his role of taking care of the farm is essential. He loves to enhance and advance the property. Since the farm is our greatest investment it really needs a fabulous caretaker.

 

 

What is your design philosophy? 

I love designs that are loose and airy, that shows a wide range of textures and colors. Full and lush!! For a great example, be sure to check out my Mayesh Pull Challenge!

 

 

Photo by Katie Stoops

 

How about business?

In it to win it. It’s important to me that the business is always moving forward. I know that as long as I am in business I need to keep advancing. I am always thinking of new revenue streams, this is one of my strongest business skills.

 

You have your hands in a lot of different facets of the industry, but what is the one part about it that brings you the most joy?

The love of flowers and people. It has become very clear to me that I love people as much as I love flowers.

 

I know choosing just one favorite flower is tough, but can you do it?? And if not, what are your favorite varieties right now?

NO chance, but Lilac will always be special to me as I started selling bouquets of lilac from my garden.

 

What wisdom would you impart upon any newcomers in the industry, just starting out in a small studio or shop?

This is a career for those that can’t help themselves, for those that are passionate about flowers. This is not a job for someone that thinks flowering is easy or fun. Most people do not realize the amount of physical or manual work involved.

 

What are you most looking forward to about our time in Quito, Ecuador?

Seeing the flowers and meeting new friends. FLOWERS & PEOPLE

 

Hope Flower Farm 

 

MDS Seattle Workshop Vendor Feature: Metropolist

 

Guys! We’re so excited that we were able to add an extra Design Star workshop in Seattle with Kaylee Young, and we wanted to share the exciting news that we officially have a venue! The workshop will be held at Metropolist in SODO on July 16th & 17th. Here’s a little information about the space:

 

Metropolist is housed in the historic Ederer Building on 1st Avenue South. Built in 1919, the Ederer Crane building was used to manufacture large-scale cranes for construction projects around the area. You will discover one of the cranes remains in our space and adds an industrial and urban vibe to events and parties.

Metropolist is fully customizable, making it an ideal location for a Seattle wedding, celebration or company event. Metropolist evokes the dramatic effect of an urban industrial warehouse with 14 foot walls and vaulted 25 foot ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, exposed piping overhead, warm and bright wood floors.

 

Metropolist has held many beautiful weddings and styled shoots, one of which was recently featured on Magnolia Rouge! Check out some images of the space and some gorgeous events they have hosted…

 

 


 

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

Photo: @whiskersandwillow 

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist

Above two photos: @omalleyphotographers

 

Design Star Seattle Workshop Venue Metropolist Photo: @bluerosepictures

 


 

Save your seat today!

 

WORKSHOP TICKETS

 

Playing with Leftovers: A Styled Shoot with Nicole Clarey Photography

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

 

Have you ever worked with a new vendor and about ten minutes in realize you’re a match made in heaven? Collaborating is effortless, you’re always on the same page, and you’re basically long lost best friends? Well, that’s exactly what happened with Nicole Clarey.

For those of you that don’t know the story behind our workshop photographer, I’ll give you the quick rundown. We were first connected with Nicole for our Cleveland workshop (she currently lives in Dayton, OH) and really enjoyed working with her that day. She was laid back, friendly, and we loved her photos of the workshop. So instead of going with our original plan of hiring a local photographer for each workshop, we decided to take a leap of faith and asked her to join us for the remainder of the tour! Seven workshops later, Nicole has become an honorary member of the Mayesh family and a great friend, both professionally and personally to all of us. She hustles, she pitches in without being asked (set-up & strike is a pain y’all – all hands on deck) and most importantly, she keeps us laughing the entire time.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I just wanted to set the stage for this blog post, and show you why we got so lucky.

 

Exhibit A

 

Our final workshop of 2017 was in Detroit (driving distance for Nicole) and she was finally able to bring her car and take home a couple buckets filled with our leftover flowers. Well, instead of just bringing home the flowers to use around her house, she called up some of her favorite vendors in Ohio and set up an impromptu styled shoot the day after the workshop.

Nicole first reached out to her favorite local florist and friend, Heather of Evergreen Flower Co. “Can you put together a bouquet with whatever extra product I’m able to pull together from the workshop?!” is how I imagine their conversation went. From there, they reached out to some other local vendors, and set out to make a little magic.

I think one of my favorite parts about this industry is watching creatives from different fields come together to collaborate on projects that aren’t necessarily something they were hired for, but are doing either for fun, to help out a fellow vendor, or are purely for themselves. Sometimes a spontaneous day of designing and shooting can be just the thing to remind ourselves why we do what we do, and get the creative juices flowing.

So thank you to all the vendors who jumped in head first when Nicole called, and helped put together this beautiful styled shoot with our leftover product. Leftovers never looked so good, wouldn’t you agree?

 

And BTW, is anyone else obsessed with the colors of these backdrops? Deep dusky blue or desert peach… which is your favorite? I can’t decide!

 


 

 

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Mayesh Nicole Clarey Styled Shoot

Mayesh Nicole Clarey Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

Mayesh Nicole Clarey Styled Shoot

Mayesh Nicole Clarey Styled Shoot

Mayesh Nicole Clarey Styled Shoot

Nicole Clarey Photography and Mayesh Styled Shoot

 

 


 

 

Photography: Nicole Clarey Photography | @nicoleclareyphoto

Concept + Styling: Events Held Dear | @eventshelddear

Studio: Zurie Studio | @zuriestudio

Florist: Evergreen Flower Co. | @evergreenflowerco

Hair, MU: The Bride Bar | @thebridebar — hair: @cassadishirk + MU: @angiewarrenartistry

Model: Karina Sauder | @karinasauder

Dress: B.Loved Bridal Boutique | @blovedbridal

Dress Designer: Tara Lauren | @tara_lauren

Flowers provided by Mayesh Wholesale

MDS Workshop Venue Feature: The Cedar Room

 

After an amazing first workshop in Miami, we couldn’t be more excited for our second one in Charleston in May! You may have seen on Instagram, but we’ve officially found a home for the workshop at The Cedar Room, a gorgeous space located in the historic Cigar Factory. The Cedar Room is open and airy with beautiful natural light streaming through its floor-to-ceiling windows. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day in this dreamy space with us, buckets filled with flowers, and our awesome design star Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay?!

Cover image by @rachelredphotography

 

MDS Flower Design Workshop Charleston The Cedar Room

MDS Flower Design Workshop Charleston The Cedar Room

MDS Flower Design Workshop Charleston The Cedar Room

 

If you’re in Charleston or surrounding areas and haven’t purchased your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?!

 

CHARLESTON WORKSHOP

 

MDS Workshop Venue Feature: 255 Miami Studio

 

We are just over a month away from our first official workshop of the 2018 MDS Workshop Tour: Curate & Create with Kaylee Young of Flourish by Kay! We’re excited to share the venue for our Miami workshop this coming January: 255 Miami Studio.

 

Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, 255 Miami Studio is a photo studio & event space with high ceilings, an open floor plan and plenty of natural light. Its clean white walls will create a simple gallery aesthetic and provide the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous flowers hand-selected by Kaylee and the professional photographs of each student’s work by fine art photographer Nicole Clarey.

{A great bonus, is that the studio has its own gated parking lot so you won’t have to drive around trying to find street parking!!}

 

Studio 255 Wynwood

Studio 255 Wynwood

 

While the space is clean & minimal, the neighborhood is anything but that. For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the Wynwood Arts District is a vibrant neighborhood home to over seventy galleries, museums, and collections. It is most famous for The Wynwood Walls, a unique outdoor destination featuring huge, colorful street murals by artists from around the globe.

 

255 Miami Studio Wynwood

 

We couldn’t be more excited to host the Miami workshop in a neighborhood so rich with culture, and with its vast selection of bars and restaurants, you’ll have no trouble finding a place to enjoy a meal or a drink with your new flower friends! So if you’re in Miami or surrounding areas and you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, come join us for what’s sure to be an amazing & educational workshop!

 

MIAMI TICKETS

 

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