I am super excited to present my first floral mechanics workshop in Cape Town.
Designing with Flower Glue
Flower glue is to me, the most revolutionary new tool to come out in the last decade and it should be a must in any modern florist’s toolbox.
It has simplified my design process and given me freedom in design work, that does not exist with traditional wire and tape type mechanics and it has many advantages over hot glue as well. In particular for retinue flowers – corsages, flower crowns, buttonholes and other floral wearables, it offers versatility that every modern florist should be able to offer. And it has saved my bacon in bouquets on more than 1 occasion.
When I started in the flower world professionally back in 2007 and even at the present time, there were/are few specialised floral design and floral mechanics workshops available in South Africa.
I attended my first real flower mechanics workshop, all the way over in Australia with Holly Chapple and the incredible Francoise Weeks, as there just wasn’t/isn’t anything of the sort available locally.
I have continued learning via whatever online resources I can find, via continued reading and studying of my mentors’ work, through the purchase of flower design books by the likes of Gregor Lersch, attending workshops given by international designers whenever possible, through personal contact with floral designers I have become friends with through my Chapel Designers membership such as Francoise Weeks and Susan Mcleary of Passionflower.
And through loads and loads of experimenting over the past 5 or so years.
I would love to share my experience of this amazing tool with you and give you creative design freedom in areas that can not only save you time, but will make your work distinctive from your competitors.
COVERED/INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
- Concepts behind working with flower glue
- Types of flowers that work with these designs
- How to make bases for shoulder corsages/hairpieces
- Demonstrations of 4 pieces – a flower ring, a flower cuff, a shoulder corsage and a floral hairpiece
- Flowers and jewellery bases and all fresh material and other materials to make a flower ring, flower cuff, shoulder corsage and a hair piece
- Practical hands on sessions for you to make up your own flower ring, flower cuff, shoulder corsage and hair piece
- Professional images of you and your finished pieces towards the end of the workshop by Debbie Lourens.
09:00: Arrive for coffee and biscuits
09.30: Introduction to my business, background and experience and the art of working with flower glue
Slide show of examples of international designers who work with flower glue
10.30: Demonstration of a flower ring & flower cuff
11.00: Short break
11.30: Practical session where you get to make your own flower rings (2 bases available) and flower cuff
12.30: Lunch break
13.30: Demonstration of a shoulder corsage (my way) and a floral hairpiece
14.00: Practical session where you get to make your own shoulder corsage and flower hairpiece
14.30: Afternoon coffee & pastries
15.00: Continue making your glued designs and get professional images taken of you with your beautiful pieces.
16.00: That’s a wrap
COST: R2200 per person incl of all floral materials, jewellery bases and other mechanics needed and 2 tubes of oasis flower glue, morning and afternoon coffee and a light 2 course lunch, as well as a notebook and pencil
VENUE: The Styling Shed, Fransmanskraal, Devon Valley, Stellenbosch
BOOKING: Bookings are on a first come, first served basis, and are confirmed on receipt of payment in full. To reserve your place, please send an email to email@example.com with your full name, company details (for invoicing purposes) and number of attendees (first and surnames please).
WHAT TO BRING: your own flower cutters, ribbon scissors, wire cutters, some pegs and apron – working with flower glue is messy to begin with. Notebook and pen/pencil.
As well as a desire to have fun and learn some new mechanics…
images on this post courtesy of Debbie Lourens and Lauren Pretorius