Workshop in Bury St Edmunds, England (day 2)

Some beautiful purses and jewelry that students made on day 2 of the workshop at Thrive, hosted by Claire Cowling.

botanical necklace - design Rebecca - workshop in Bury St Edmunds, England, Francoise Weeks

design: Rebecca


Workshop in Bury St Edmunds, England (day 1)

After spending a couple of days in London where we visited the Chelsea show, we headed over to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, where Claire Cowling, with Thrive, was hosting a 2 day wedding/botanical couture workshop.

Here are some of the great designs that the students made:

woodland bouquet - design by Rhiannon - workshop in Bury St Edmunds, England, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet - design by Rhiannon- - workshop in Bury St Edmunds, England, Francoise Weeks


Floriology Magazine

A few weeks ago, Casey Gale, a writer with Floriology Magazine with Bloomnet, interviewed me about the woodland and botanical couture styles as well as about the workshops. Thank you  Casey for conveying the story so beautifully! And as always, thank you Jo Jarvis for helping with this project.

Flor - Page 1 7-15

Flor - Page 2 7-15


Miniature Botanical Dress

For a long time I have wanted to design a botanical dress – decided to start with a miniature one.

Lots of texture and succulent were patiently glued for the bodice – petals of beehive ginger were perfect to create the skirt. For the belt I used curly lipstick foliage, hosta buds and seedpods .

Thank you Jamie for the great pictures!

botanical dress, Françoise Weeks

botanical dress, 1 Françoise Weeks

botanical dress,4 Françoise Weeks

Promo Video for Workshops

Thank you Joni Shimabukuro for creating this video!

OPB’s Art Beat Video wins 2015 Emmy Award!

So super excited that the story on the botanical couture and woodlands on OPB’s Art Beat won an Emmy Award on June 6th!

A huge thank you to producer Katrina Sarson  and videographer/editor Tom Shrider

Informational/Instructional – Feature/Segment: Botanical artist Francoise Weeks
(Katrina Sarson, Producer; Tom Shrider, Senior Videographer/Editor)

View Oregon Art Beat video

botanical couture art beat 2014, Francoise Weeks - photo Ted Mishima - model  Amanda Hathaway

photo: Ted Mishima

model: Amanda Hathaway




Workshop in Devon, England – Designs for Demonstrations

Demo pieces for the workshop in Devon, England – hosted by the Academy of Floral Art.

Photos: Katie Collins

Model: Lilia Darling

Day 1: Botanical Couture

botanical shoe, demo for workshop in Devon, Francoise Weeks


Workshop in Devon, England (part 2)

The second day of the workshop we focused on woodland bouquets and  log arrangements. Once again, the designs were fantastic!

Much gratitude goes to the team at the Academy of Floral Art for the wonderful organization  & to Katie Collins for taking great pictures of everyone’s work.

I wanted to thank Smithers Oasis for sponsoring all the bouquet holders and the glue for the workshop.

workshop in Devon , Francoise Weeks


Workshop in Devon, England (part 1)

It was 18 months ago that my friend Jo Jarvis contacted Tina and Julie at the Academy of Floral Art in Devon about hosting a workshop.  I had anticipated this trip for a very long time but we could not have had  a better experience! Sid Valley Country Hotel, the beautiful venue where we stayed and taught, is located in a very quiet area near Sidmouth – only 4 miles from the shore.

Sid Valley , workshop in Devon, Francoise Weeks


Woodlands Featured in FlutterMagazine

In January Joost Bongaerts with Florabundance and Kim Wiseley, editor of Flutter Magazine, hosted Inspirational Design Days at  Lotusland in Santa Barbara. Designers from as far as Australia gathered to study with Amy Merrick, Amy Osaba, Holly Chapple, Sarah Winward and Tricia Saroya; I was delighted to have the opportunity to teach how to design unique and textural log arrangements.

Issue 6 of Flutter Magazine just has been published; the log arrangement that I made for the demo was beautifully photographed by the talented KT Merry.  Pick up a copy and be inspired by the multitude of brilliant ideas shown in this magazine and enjoy the multitude of fabulous recipes too!


FlutterMagazine June 2015

FlutterMagazine June 2015, log arrangement 1