2 design classes in 1 post!

It has been a crazy week since I have posted. So, here are some pics of two design classes in 1!

My month-long class is over but my journey really has just begun. I have learnt a lot about what I’m not interested in doing in the floral world and a lot about what I am interested in doing. Here a few of my observations in point form to try and keep it really simple:

– reduce waste when arranging, use left over greens to provide structure and ‘base’ to arrangements, share scraps with others, one piece you were going to throw out could be their treasure!

buy LOCAL! if at all possible, buy local, in season flowers to support your community, and reduce your carbon footprint

-research, research and more research! I have gained so much knowledge from other people’s blogs, websites and articles, so many bright and intelligent ideas and people out there!

– let it flow! it’s so easy to get nervous or uptight when you have a pile of beautiful flowers in front of you and pressure to perform, sounds funny but it’s true, I’ve learnt to let it go, and when I do good things happen:)

– be conscious about the products you use when arranging – I had no idea that floral foam was unhealthy for humans to work with and that floral foam is non-composting which means it goes into landfills – what a shame – ┬áit is an amazing product for designing but I’m taking every step possible to try to arrange without it and find healthy, greener alternatives

That’s it. So much for point form on the above take-aways. I tried. I’m just a bit long-winded at times! Have a wonderful Sunday.

(from left to right) Triangle design, vase design and sunflower topiary

Table arrangement – not the flowers or greens I would use but helpful to learn how to make one!

Tropical design

My favorite – a hand tied design I did after class, no floral foam used!