This week we got together for another of our lovely Flower School workshops working with some gorgeous blooms. The theme was Baroque - a lavish, over-the-top, sumptuous design style much loved by the Georgians.
When I taught floristry at Level 3, one of the modules was Period Design which I absolutely loved as it combined two of my great passions in life - Flowers and History! The Georgians were great botanists and explorers bringing back plants from across the world from places like China and Japan and other countries they traded with for silks and spices. They developed the idea of Botanical Gardens and Robert Furber produced a series of drawings, which I absolutely adore, called Twelve Months of Flowers which showed a design using flowers in season for that month.
The Georgians also loved fruit - it was a way of showing off wealth and the skills of your servants - and so, for our workshop, I decided to introduce some fruit and vege to our designs! I just love using materials that are a little unusual or push the boundaries and the limes, kiwis and sprouts all had such fantastic textures and colour.
What was fun about the class was we worked pretty much without rules! In order to create designs which 'work' and are pleasing to the eye, we usually follow a set way of creating a design. This time - there were no guidelines or rules - it was free form all the way!
Here's a few pics I took of the evening - we were a bit thin on the ground as the dreaded lurgy attacked a couple of our regulars. It did mean more flowers and biccies for those that could make it, though!