Wild about Flowers at Flower Wild Workshop.
I think that as human beings we’re never truly satisfied. We always want more. We want to be more, do more, have more. We have a desire to keep growing and learning. It’s a thirst we can never fully quench. Thursday and Friday, January 30th & 31st, I attended a Flower Wild Workshop by Kate Holt in an effort to quench some of that insatiable thirst I have to learn and grow.
I first found out about Kate, her exquisite work and her fabulous Flower Wild Workshops in a round about InstaGram sort of way. I don’t even remember what led me to finding @flowerwild, but I do know that I found her 3 weeks after she had just left my neck of the woods. She had just completed one of her 2 day workshops in Calistoga, just about a 20 minute drive from where I live. Ever since then I’ve emailed and stalked her blog waiting to see what other Flower Wild Workshop dates she would post. After realizing I’d missed my NorCal workshop options I jumped at the opportunity to attend her floral intensive workshop last week. I was not disappointed!
Kate Holt is a lovely and creative woman. She is extremely generous, willing to share her knowledge, techniques and experiences. It was such a great opportunity to meet her and the ~20 like minded floral ladies that attended the Flower Wild Workshop too. The majority of us came from California, but there were some gals that traveled from Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Salt Lake City just to name a few places.
We had the incredible privilege of meeting world traveling wedding photographer Jose Villa. His work is incredible and he is sweeter than you could imagine. Amidst a room full of woman and flowers he was just as helpful as Kate – giving us tips about working with photographers and how to make sure that our work showed as good in photos as in real life.
Flower Wild Workshop
If product choices give any indication of what the end result will be … which they usually do… I was in for a treat! As I walked through the door Thursday morning my eyes were greeted with the sight of these beauties.
The course schedule for Thursday of the Flower Wild Workshop consisted of a meet and greet, Large Scale Arrangement and ended with Centerpieces/Compotes.
After first watching Kate Holt make a tradition Flower Wild Large Scale Arrangement and explain the rhyme and reason that goes into creating one, we had the chance to create one ourselves. Here’s a look at the one I created.
After a quick lunch break, giving Jose Villa a chance to shoot our creations we were back at it with the Compotes.
This is the Compote one of my classmate’s made.
Kate spoke a lot about styling arrangements to get the perfect shot for your portfolio. Something that is an art in itself. It’s one of the hardest things for me to do, but capturing your work is so important so you can share it with future clients. Here’s a look at Kate putting the finishing touches on my arrangement so that Jose Villa could get the perfect shot.
On Friday we began with Bouquets and ended with Boutonnieres, Corsages and Head Wreaths. I loved the bouquet I created. When I have access to such gorgeous materials I feel like I need to ‘go big or go home’ and since I had no intention on going home… I went big.
Look at the selection of ribbon we had to choose from too!
Here’s a look at the Bouquet I made.
And here are a couple of the Bouquets made by other students at the Flower Wild Workshop.
To sum things up… I’m so happy that I went and experienced the Workshop for myself. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and work on expanding my abilities as a Floral Designer. I would highly recommend the Workshop to anyone considering attending in the future!
I’ll be posting more pictures when I get them from Jose & Kate, but until then I’ll share what I captured.
You can follow Kate Holt and Jose Villa on InstaGram – @flowerwild & @josevilla – if you love flowers and gorgeous images, you won’t be disappointed!