Floral Form: A PRACTICE
This series has now ended. Summer dates will be released soon.
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Floral Form is an online guided flower practice, inspired by ikebana. Each week, I’ll demonstrate a traditional ikebana style and you’ll then create a piece of your own. Part of the class will act as an open studio session to intuitively explore elements of form and color. Over four weeks you’ll get familiar with your personal style and develop design techniques to support that.
This class is constructed as a 4-week series and will be most valuable taken in full. However, if you’re looking to join for week or two to jump start your creativity, single session drop ins are welcome.
In Person Class at Wollam Gardens (1hr 15m from DC)
SUN JUNE 20: 11AM-12:30PM EST
Think of this as time to experiment with shape and color. Make things, take them apart, make them again. This takes place at Wollam Gardens, a flower farm. Participants will work with a unique selection of stems from their seasonal flower bar. I’ll do a brief arrangement demonstration and will be on site for any questions you might have. You’re welcome to explore the farm before and after arranging.
WHAT TO BRING:
- Vessel (I prefers to work in a low shallow bowl at least 2.5” deep with a kenzan. If you’d like to arrange in a jar or a more traditional vase that’s fine too. Anything that holds water will work). *Shifting Tides vessels also available to use
- Kenzan / Flower Frog (optional)
Vessels and frogs can be purchased on site. If you plan to do this, it’s suggested that you arrive 20 minutes early to ensure there’s time purchase materials before the start of class.
SPECIAL NOTE: This month at The Flower Bar we will be partnering with Shifting Tides Ceramics. Roger at Shifting Tides is lending his beautiful pieces for our guest to experiment and play with unconventional vases. If you create an arrangement in a piece you can’t leave without the vessels will also be available for purchase. All vessels are one of a kinds! Check out Roger’s work on ig: @shiftingtidoccoquan
THE ART OF FLORAL ARRANGING
Online Class via the Smithsonian
This is a 6 week series. Sign ups begin in June.
US BOTANIC GARDEN – NATIONAL ARBORETUM – NPR – SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES
Interested in immersive floral installations, I began experimenting with flowers as a medium by means of a flower farm in Northern Virginia. The journey led to studying ikebana which can offer a minimal yet strong approach to design. In seeking flower knowledge I often find wonderful designers but few who can verbalize the techniques that make their work impactful. I’ve worked to build a vocabulary around flowers that translate to clear mechanics and techniques that help students achieve their desired outcome.
I hope students feel properly empowered at the end of class with the resources they needed to create freely. I have a regular flower practice and am continuously honing my craft.
New and developing floral designers
Gardeners who are curious about design
Artists exploring a new medium
Friends and coworkers looking for a fun activity
Those looking for joy & nourishment