Portfolio update Summer 2013 to May 2014

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Well it’s been a while since my last post, but the good news is that’s because I’ve been working pretty much full time; doing a couple of weddings with London based floral designers Bo Boutique and Karen Woolven late last … Continue reading

A year on.. my best work so far

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Well, I can hardly believe it’s been (almost!) a year since I took the plunge last September and jacked in my 9-5 job to pursue floristry full time. The course is now over, I have achieved a merit for my … Continue reading

Funeral designs – portfolio at level 2 floristry

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The following is a gallery of traditional funeral designs completed as part of my level 2 City & Guilds floristry diploma. These included based designs with ribbon edging, loose open designs, funeral sprays and lettering. As materials at college are … Continue reading

Shop display assessments: sweet & innocent v dark & seductive

I may have somewhat neglected my little blog over the last couple of months, but I’ve been busy busy busy elsewhere! As my level 2 floristry course at Southwark college nears its end (only 8 weeks to go now!), there have been lots of assessments and assignments to hand in, plus I’ve been on a three week trip to Vietnam and started a part-time job in a new cafe, so I’m afraid my blog writing got a bit pushed aside for a while. However, the new season has also put some spring back in to my step so I’m back to report on what I’ve been up to during March and April.

In these last few months we’ve undertaken what I think we would all agree were the most enjoyable and creative assignments so far; designing both an in-store and window display. For these tasks we worked in pairs to come up with the initial idea based around a particular season or theme, then everything from initial sketches, scale drawings and materials requirements, promotional signage and a price list of stock, through to putting together the actual display, which of course was the most fun bit!

Our two displays could not have been more different in terms of concept and feel, but my team-mate Hannah and I were really pleased with both. Of course, as we’re still learning there were areas where both could be improved, and this was indeed part of the task too – a post-evaluation and modification suggestions, but I won’t bore you with those bits here!

For the first of the two, the in-store display, we decided on a seasonal theme of new spring/summer stock, and hit upon the idea of creating a summer-fete style ‘stall’ to showcase all the bright and cheery items that would be coming in. We then thought about what kind of things would be found on a stall, i.e. cakes/cake-stands, lemonade, sweets, a coconut shy, apple bobbing, and researched online to find further inspiration and ideas. Here is the final result below, which included a sweetie jar with coloured floral beads, jug and jars of ‘lemonade’ with straws and freesias, cake stands carrying a table centrepiece design and bulbs, and welly boots filled with delphiniums, gladioli and stock.

Summer fete style stall floral display

The second task, the window display, had a completely different feel from the sweet and pretty design above as we went with a seductive, love potion-inspired Valentines theme! The inspiration for this came from some test-tube style vases available at college, which made us come up with the idea of a display based on the creation of the perfect ‘love potion’, or ‘spell’, for Valentines. This included a central martini glass with ivy acting like potion ‘bubbling’ in to the tubes below, plus ‘knicker’ roses, heart chocolates, flowers suspended from willow in mini pointed glass vases, seductive tall dark callas and a cheeky and rather tongue-in-cheek addition of some handcuffs suspended from the top left!

Valentines 'Love Potion' window display

What do you think of our efforts and which one do you prefer? Sweet and innocent or dark and seductive?!

Carnations don’t have to look cheap

Following my week of work experience at Jam Jar Flowers, the lovely owner Melissa very kindly gave me some leftover stock to play around with, and below is the result of some initial trials with some pretty crystal vases along with clippings of viburnum from my front garden.

I had been wanting to do something with the viburnum for ages, as it’s just sitting out there, getting more unruly by the day, and begging to be used. So when I unpacked my freebie goodies and clapped eyes on these little beauties, I knew the time had come.

Although the local Tesco may not immediately spring to mind as a great spot for flowers, actually they don’t have a bad selection so while doing my weekly shop I scouted for flowers which may go nicely with my cuttings. As my viburnum has delicate pink and white flowers, I settled on some small white roses and pretty pink carnations.

I have discovered nowadays that carnations aren’t generally customers’ or brides’ first choice, due to their prolific supply they’re generally cheap and so are often also seen as such. And the peach carnation perhaps brings notions of overly chintzy and old fashioned designs. However, there are some really sweet varieties available and as I think my pictures show, they can still be very good for achieving a vintage look.

Following my most recent college assignment on colour, I think it would have been great to add some bright green hypericum to these designs too, but alas, dear Tesco could not oblige that, so I had to make do without.

What do you think? Yes / No – would you consider carnations for your home or wedding now too? ~ Sarah

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Wedding work, level 2 floristry

The below gallery shows a selection of wired and glued wedding work, including a standard wired corsage and glued corsage, glued badge, Alice band, wrist corsage, basket in oasis, wired accessory and oasis-based handbag novelty, plus a wired loose open bridesmaid’s posy and a loose open posy in oasis.

Festive Fun & Wedding Work with Jam Jar Flowers

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I’m afraid I somewhat neglected my little blog over the Christmas and New Year period, but I have not been idle, oh no! December saw me hand in my second college project on wired and glued wedding flowers (pictures to … Continue reading