Spring Riot! (Workshop Recap)

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of co-teaching a floral design workshop headed by my sweet and talented friend, Siri Thorson. The theme of the workshop is Spring Riot! - highlighting all the locally-grown spring blooms - most from Siri’s farm on Waldron Island. We used the Dutch Masters as the inspiration for this floral design and photography course, where students learned how to effectively use colour blocking in arrangements, and eventually, style them for a moody, natural light photograph to imitate some paintings from the Dutch Renaissance.

Below are some of the few behind-the-scenes shots I took before we went full speed ahead on the lessons, plus some of the wonderful student work that came out of the class.

In other news - San Juan Island is MAGICAL. I need to do another blog post related to some of the places I managed to explore during my one full day of exploring the tiny town. And I definitely need to get myself back there for the summer in time to see the lavender farm in full bloom! :-D

These dogwood branches KILL ME.

These dogwood branches KILL ME.

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The natural props Siri brought to the workshop are stunning. I brought a few of my own too, but most are hers! On, and btw - Siri has designated herself the official shell stylist for all the workshops we work together from now on. ;-)

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And now, without further ado - the student work!!! While I took all these photographs for the students who did not bring a camera beyond an iPhone, all the florals and styling are all the students’ doing. These look so beautiful, everyone!!!

Agnes

Agnes

Jacky

Jacky

Jess

Jess

Joanne

Joanne

Miriam

Miriam

Reay

Reay

Sarah

Sarah

This one is Siri’s demo arrangement!

This one is Siri’s demo arrangement!

This one is mine! I HAD to use one of the skulls. I must admit I hastily took this photograph; we were in the midst of cleaning up when this photo happened! I am so so pleased I managed to take a photo of my finished arrangement though! Thank you so much, Siri!!! <3

This one is mine! I HAD to use one of the skulls. I must admit I hastily took this photograph; we were in the midst of cleaning up when this photo happened! I am so so pleased I managed to take a photo of my finished arrangement though! Thank you so much, Siri!!! <3