Winter Flowers Floral Design Workshop
This post has been a long time coming. This was the very last group workshop I taught before the pandemic started- all the way back in January 2020, over three years ago! As such it feels like it is part of a different world, a different time. There is something surreal to me about thinking back to this workshop. Also something beautiful. It really feels like a moment in time- not that any of us knew it, but everything was about to change! And so much has changed since then...
For a while, I didn't offer any workshops, though I am so happy to say that last year (2022) group workshops DID return (as did 1:1 lessons)! BUT- for this year, 2023, I will be on maternity leave for much of the summer, and I am not sure if I will be offering any in-person workshops this year... They will definitely make a comeback in 2024, but it may be a while until we are all back together in the studio like this. Again, this post feels bittersweet!
I absolutely LOVE teaching. It is such an honor to guide a group through the creative process, and to support and witness everyone as they create such beauty. Creating a safe and inspired space for people to learn, be creative, interact with flowers and each other- I feel incredibly honored that I get to do this. Teaching people how to grow and design with flowers is a privilege that I don't take lightly- there are actually a lot of emotional layers that can come up in these spaces, as people connect with their own deep creativity and connection to source energy and nature. Many of those emotional layers are joyful, but sometimes they are harder- insecurity, a feeling of recognition that one needs connection to the natural world but has been living in a way that feels separate, the feeling like one's own creative expression is not good enough... all of these thing and more can arise. And I do my best to hold the room, and each person within it, as we create beautiful art with flowers.
Though I can't yet say if I will be able to offer this kind os space this year with a new baby, I can say that I plan to offer it again in the future! If you are not yet on the mailing list and want to be sure to hear about any upcoming offerings, please sign yourself up here. And in the meantime, I did create an online class that is available any time, year round, wherever you may be located in the world! I've received great feedback on that class, and you can check it out and/or enroll here. Until the next group workshop... I hope you are finding inspiration and joy in the beauty that is all around us- the buds starting to push open, the birds singing at dawn, the sun rising and setting every day.
Workshop Host/Location: Botanique
Photography: Natalie Malis of Mist of Morning
About the Designer:
Botanique is a full-service floral and event design company based in Seattle, WA. Led by Creative Director Kelly Sullivan, we design wedding flowers and events with an organic, effortless, seasonal, elegant, and modern aesthetic for couples getting married in Washington state and beyond, including the greater Seattle area, Tacoma, Lakewood, Bellevue, Kirkland, the San Juan Islands, the Eastside, and Eastern Washington. In addition, we offer group floral classes and workshops in our Seattle studio focused on sustainable floral design techniques, as well as private, one-on-one floral design lessons. We also maintain a large cutting garden that acts as muse for our design work, and offer classes to teach you how to grow your own flowers and start your own cutting garden. To learn more about working with Botanique for your wedding or event, please inquire on our contact form. To sign up to be notified of upcoming workshops and learning opportunities, please sign up for our workshops mailing list.