All tagged Topic Design

Floral Workshop Inspiration: Overcoming a Creative Rut

Do you ever feel stuck in a creative rut? Perhaps you feel this way when you’ve done the same three color palettes event after event after event or you always end up using the same rotation of flowers. Or maybe you’re a flower farmer, and because you see and grow the same flowers every season, you forget to admire each bloom’s individuality. If you’ve been in this industry long enough, you’ve been there.

Finding Your Niche in Floral Design with Françoise Weeks

Françoise was born in Belgium but now resides in Portland, Oregon, where she works out of her studio and teaches online courses. She has crystalized her singular style of textural woodlands and botanical haute couture pieces, garnering a global following. Françoise has taught in many cities in the US and various countries around the world. Her dynamic work has been published in national and international magazines, and in December 2018 her book The Herbal Recipe Keeper was published by Timber Press. 

7 Easy Steps to Creating a Foam-Free Living Meadow

With an ever-increasing installation trend in weddings and event work, as well as the emphasis on foam-free floral designs, I was eager to figure out a way to create a ground installation, or living meadow, with foam-free mechanics that offered flexibility in multiple installation scenarios. There are so many options for foam-free installation mechanics out there, but this is the method that worked well for me. Hopefully, you will find it useful—or maybe it will provide you with a starting point for additional foam-free floral designs!

Flowers and Foliage that Last Out of Water

My first boutonniere was not exactly stellar.  Apparently, I learn best by failure because that first boutonniere looked very sad by the time photos were taken.  So I set upon an experiment — walking around the farm, clipping, snipping, plucking and picking samples of greenery, flowers, seed pods, fruits, and weeds to see what would last longest and held up well out of the water.  Here we're sharing the research with you.

How to Approach Color in Floral Design: 5 Brilliant Tips

If we're honest, we used to be pretty intimidated by color. It can be so hard to work with color, especially highly contrasting colors. When designing with these types of colors together, such as yellow and purple, it can be hard not to make the designs seem kitschy or too "holiday." Color can quickly cross the line between creative and fun to cheesy and mediocre very fast.

Flowers Around the World with Tanya Shaw

On this episode of the Team Flower Podcast, you’ll hear from Tanya Shaw of Oh Flora in Sydney, Australia. Tanya is a world-traveler with her floral business, so she is sharing a few tips on how to choose travel destinations. You’ll hear how she went from designing small local weddings to hosting and teaching workshops all over the world.

We’re talking about finding inspiration in art forms other than flowers as well as the beauty of finding flower friends and being connected in the floral industry in various countries worldwide. Tanya has an exciting new venture she’s pursuing, and she’s giving us a sneak peak into what she’s been working on!

The 7 Rules of Responsible Foraging for Floral Design

Foraging is an excellent way to increase interest, romance, and variety to your arrangements. Foraged elements add depth, contrast, and dimension to your creations. Foraging is economical, allowing you to create bespoke floral designs and maximize the impact of your compositions. Though foraging is a simple concept, it is a skill that requires knowledge and care.

Looking to Nature for Floral Design Inspiration

Nature is not always perfect. But we do not look at a tree and say “that leaf is damaged” or “that bloom is going brown." Rather, we look at the tree as a whole and enjoy its beauty. We should look at our design work the same way. I will always remember a talented designer saying, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful."

How to Design Flower Arrangements in Difficult Color Palettes

Tellie Hunt of Hunt & Gather Floral in Canada joins us for an interview chatting about her favorite design tool: color! In this interview, you’ll hear about her journey from a tattoo artist apprenticeship to owning her floral design business. She talks through the importance of color, and you’ll also hear about how to design flower arrangements in difficult color palettes. Whether you’re looking to change career paths or take that next step in your relationship with color, you’ll be inspired by this conversation.

How to Make a Large Paper Flower

Paper flowers are making a statement in the floral industry. Not only do they never wilt, but they can also be made to look like a real bloom! Perhaps you’re hesitant to use paper flowers because it’s unfamiliar territory. Maybe you could try making one yourself! Here are a few simple instructions on how you can make a large paper flower for your next event.

Embracing Wellness and Creativity with Nectar + Bloom

You’ll be inspired by Jen’s gift with words as she shares her experience on her parents’ farm growing up and how that propelled her into various stages of life eventually leading to flowers. Jen is sharing the keys to giving oneself permission to carry out actions from a passionate heart. You’ll hear about the symbiotic relationship between creativity and wellness and how to lean into that for your own life. Jen is calling florists to action in taking care of themselves and she’s providing tips on how to do that well with community, support, education, healing, movement, and nourishment.

Video: When and Where to Use Wired Flowers in Floral Design

Wiring is a valuable and specialized skill that can add value to your business and set you apart as a designer and freelancer. Kelly explains why wiring is important—as well as when and where to use wired flowers—in this excerpt from the Team Flower Advanced Techniques for Wiring fast track class. The wiring technique gives you a lot of control over the exact placement and orientation of each and every bloom in a piece—if you need your focal flower to bend in a certain way that is not natural for its stem, wiring makes that possible!