Color Palette: Burgundy, Chocolate & Green

Bridal bouquet and centerpieces for a winter wedding.

textured burgundy, chocolate and green bridal bouquet, Francoise Weeks

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Holiday Wreath with Red Peppers

Xmas wreath with red peppers, Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Couture/Woodland Workshop in Mexico City on February 26-27

Last spring, Olympia Frangos with Allium by Olympia came to a woodland workshop in the studio. The first day she told me that she wanted to host a workshop in her studio in Mexico City. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to teach there on February 26 & 27!

When I teach abroad my  friend Jo Jarvis comes along and we so look forward to work as a team. It will be very exciting to discover the local treasures at  the flower market and the nurseries – can you imagine the varieties of succulents we will find there! Olympia mentioned that the flower market is located next to the produce wholesalers, so we will also have quite the selection of small exotic fruits and vegetables to choose from to enhance the designs with a true local taste…

The other day Olympia commented that she already has started to forage treasures for the woodland class; we are in for quite the feast to work with local product!

It will be the first time to teach a group of students who speak a different language and that I will rely on an interpreter to explain all the details. Thank you Olympia for taking on that role!

 

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Woodland/Botanical Couture Workshop in the Studio on December 8, 9 & 10

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 8, 9 & 10, 2014, 9AM to 4PM

Class size limited to 5 students.

Lunch 12PM to 1PM

All tools will be provided.

 

Woodland Arrangements

In this workshop you will learn the mechanics behind creating textural and detailed designs that will expand the way you think about flowers. We will discuss and design personal flowers, unique centerpieces and ceremony arrangements. This workshop offers practical, hands-on experience that will further develop your own skills and increase your confidence to explore outside the box. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces.

For Françoise, the Woodlands sprouted from a childhood memory that took a life of its own. Using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers, we’ll explore how to make woodland bouquets as well as centerpieces. You will hone your artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to your own intuition and further your own vision.

Botanical Couture

We’ll explore different ideas for botanical headpieces, purses and jewelry; we will discuss sourcing materials and the mechanics involved to create a variety of these unique designs.

To register and for lodging information, click here.

botanical headpiece, Francoise Weeks

photo: Ted Mishima

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Botanical Couture for Fashion Show

Last month Oregon Bride Magazine produced their annual bridal show “Bridal Unveiled 2014” at Left Bank Annex. I was thrilled that they had invited me to do botanical couture for their fashion show. Here are some images that Moscastudio took at the show.

Photographer Ted Mishima came by early to take close ups of some of the pieces too.

Thank you so much Alice and Ted for the great pictures!

botanical headpiece with pink  flowers,Bridal Unveiled 2014 fashion show' Francoise Weeks

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Wedding Workshop in the Studio – November 2014

Last week we has such a fun workshop in the studio! Kris and Mari were so incredibly eager to get information and we ended up doing less hand-on work than usual – but as you will read their testimonials you’ll realize that they learned exactly what they wanted.

Here are some pictures of their beautiful work as well as a few pieces that I made for demos.

Designs by Mari

wedding workshop in studio December 2014, wrist corsage designed by Mari, Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Necklace

Last night Molly’s Fund had their annual fundraiser. They are the Northwest’s leading organization dedicated to lupus awareness, assistance, and support. It is their aim to create an online home filled with support, advocacy, information, and education and make a difference.

Here is the necklace that I made for the auction.

 

botanical necklace, detail 1, Francoise Weeks

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Woodland Wreath

woodland wreath, Francoise Weeks

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A wire frame, covered with moss, is the base for this very textural woodland wreath with small gourds, bark, seedpods, succulents, berries, crab apples, lichens,…

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Wedding/Woodland/Botanical Couture Workshop in Maui on October 21 & 22

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 21 & 22, 2014, 9AM to 4PM each day

whimsical bouquet, Francoise Weeks

photo: Jamie Bosworth

Hosted by Lisa Giamoyris Almeida of:
Blossoms Hawaii

Located in Wailuku, Maui

Woodland/Botanical Couture/Wedding Design Workshop

Class size limited to 9 students. Create and keep your designs.

Lunch 12PM to 1PM will be provided.

Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters and knives.

Register for the Workshop

Price $1,250

 

 

Tuesday October 21 – Woodland Arrangements

In this workshop you will learn the mechanics behind creating textural and detailed designs that will expand the way you think about flowers. This workshop offers practical, hands-on experience that will further develop your own skills and increase your confidence to explore outside the box. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you will design your own centerpiece and log arrangement using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers.
You will hone your artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to your own intuition and further your own vision. We’ll also talk about the intricacies of sourcing, ordering and pricing flowers.

woodland arrangement with yellow accent, detail 2, Françoise Weeks

photo: Lincoln Barbour

Wednesday October 22 – Botanical Couture

We will design a botanical headpiece and purse. We’ll also cover what’s involved in consultations, proposals and contracts and will discuss marketing ideas.

green botanical headpiece  and ring , Françoise Weeks

photo: Ted Mishima

to RSVP or for more information

Workshop Info
Françoise Weeks
francoiseweeks.com
francoise@francoiseweeks.com
503-236-5829
Lodging Info
Lisa Giamoyris Almeida
Blossoms Hawaii
blossomshawaii@gmail.com
808-269-3840

 

Testimonial:

Françoise’s Woodland Botanical workshop exceeded my expectations in every way especially since it was something I had never done before.  She is so warm and easy to relate to and her humble expertise is amazing.  In two full days, I felt that I learned so much that I will surely use in the future.  All five participants were very sad to say goodbye to Françoise and each other.
VERY successful workshop that I highly recommend to anyone!

Sharri Robinson, San Francisco, CA – (Workshop in San Francisco)

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Botanical Couture and Faerie Chair

Porcelain vine berries are in season – they’re such a favorite and I wanted them to be the common thread through the pieces. Inspired by a picture that I saw in Louis Bou’s book ” Couture Hats’  of a hat/mask combination, I decided to tackle this fun idea. Shoes and jewelry complemented the headpiece.

The wooden chair was made by Wreath Sources, one of the vendors at the flower market. Embellished with lots of texture and a few flowers, it was a perfect complement for the setting.

A huge thank you to photographer Ted Mishima and model Juliana Tobon for this exquisite collaboration!

botanical mask-headpiece ,necklace, ring and earrings Francoise Weeks

porcelain vine

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