This was a day I'd been waiting for for such a long, long time. I have so many ideas that I think you will LOVE and I hope they can come to life soon. Flower Play is one of them. I think this idea came from a desire I had—before I was a Florist—to just create with flowers. Lots of workshops are based around teaching but not a lot where you're free to just create, mistakes and all. There's something uplifting with playing with flowers in a pressure-free environment. In saying that though, with Flower Play you still learn a lot and are taught techniques and such, but it isn't the focus. The person is the focus.
Floristry is pleasant but it's also a lot of hard work. I want to do the hard work—like waking up early, driving to the flower markets, selecting the flowers and then prepping them—and have you come and just play with flowers and then leave with your art piece. You wouldn't believe it, but I calculated the "work" side of things for this class and it took me that for me it took me about 6 hours. That's not including the setup, running the class and pack up. I think it's SO worth it. To see people's reactions as they're creating or once they're finished is my absolute favourite part.
Flower Play is definitely a work in progress. You can plan plan plan all you want and at some point you just have to throw yourself in the deep end and take things from there. I was really pleased with my first class. The perfectionist side of me can definitely see room for improvement but at the end of the class I turned to my husband and said, "this is what I want to do." People laugh at me when I say, "I'm definitely a people Florist" because not every Florist is! Some Florists who specialise in Weddings only may not even see a Bride until their wedding day. I love connecting with people and sharing what I love with them.
So here are some photos from the my first Flower Play class. I was so impressed. I especially loved how different each piece was even though they all had the same flowers and foliage to choose from. Great job, ladies!
What do you think makes a great workshop/class? Would love to know your thoughts :).
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