I come from a creative background and am always eager to try something new, I studied photography and art at A Level. I then went on to do a year in art and design where I got to try my hand at fine art, jewellery making, screen printing and so much more before going on to complete a degree in Contour Fashion. After graduating I set up my own lingerie and swimwear brand: Artemis South, but I guess sometimes life has different plans and somehow I managed to end up in the least creative job in the world. Whilst I get to use the blog as my creative outlet these days, I decided to take a day out just for me to learn a new skill, something I have always wanted to do: flower styling!
I have always loved flowers (I don’t have pets or children but my peonies are literally my pride and joy – sad I know). I had looked into floristry courses before but never really found the right one, I’m really not into bouquets with diamantes or anything too perfectly put together and knew I wouldn’t get much out of that kind of course. I’d followed Chikae’s work from back when she was part of Okishima and Simmonds and when I saw she did floral workshops I knew I had to book a place.
Autumnal New England Inspired Floral Arranging Workshop
What we learnt
Wild compote arrangement
The table arrangement was my favourite part of the workshop, Chikae showed us how to create an arrangement using a kenzan as opposed to oasis. The bouquet was a little more tricky and I definitely need a bit more practice at that one. There was a huge range of flowers and foliage to choose from in her studio and it was so interesting to see how different everyone’s arrangements looked. I found it pretty therapeutic and it was so nice to just be able to focus on creating something beautiful for the day. Chikae also provided lunch and there was a goody bag for each of us which is of course always a nice little touch.
Sometimes you meet people in life who look at the world a little differently, Chikae is one of them. She has a real talent of being able to see the beauty in places others might not and it was incredibly inspiring to spend the day with her, sharing her knowledge of how to arrange flowers in such an nontraditional way. She is also a very accomplished photographer and shared some really helpful tips throughout the day – in fact all of the photos of my arrangements in this post were shot by the incredibly talented Chikae! Check out her Instagram to see some more examples of her stunning work. For those of you interested in photography she also runs workshops for that too.
I will definitely be putting the things I learnt into practice and can’t wait to start creating some beautiful centrepieces.
Which new skills do you want to learn? How do you take time out for yourself?