Françoise Weeks http://francoiseweeks.com European Floral Design Tue, 28 Jun 2016 19:18:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Botanical Couture: Earrings http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-earrings/ http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-earrings/#respond Tue, 14 Jun 2016 13:00:53 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25486  

botanical earrings, Francoise Weeks photo Theresa Bear

photo: Theresa Bear

To make the botanical earrings you can either buy inexpensive earrings (some bead stores offer great selections) or make your own, using flatwire and create any shape you like.

For durability, using succulents and textures only is the way to go. I like to de-construct flowers as this offers endless possibilities to design super fun earrings!

Except for the last 2 images, the photos below are mine.

botanical earring 13, Francoise Weeks

botanical earrings - with phalaenopsis orchids, succulents and kale leaf, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 16 Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 9, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 8, Francoise Weeks

botanical earrings - with phalaenopsis orchids, succulents and cumis , Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 17, Francoise Weeks

botanical earrings with orchids, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 11, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 12, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 2, Francoise Weeks

botanical earring 1, Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Couture: Necklaces http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-necklaces/ http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-necklaces/#respond Wed, 08 Jun 2016 13:57:27 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25478 botanical necklace 2, Francoise Weeks photo Sarah Culver

photo @takenbysarah

The botanical necklaces are super fun to make and  will embellish any dress or blouse beautifully! I like to incorporate small flowers and blossoms, being mindful to use flowers that will  hold up out of water for at least 24 hours. If only succulents and textures are used, the necklaces will last for several weeks. The structures of these designs are made with aluminum wire.  The other option is to buy blank necklace bases.

Photos: Françoise Weeks, except if indicated differently.

botanical necklace 6, Francoise Weeks

botanical necklace 1, Francoise Weeks

botanical necklace, Francoise Weeks, workshop Mayesh March 2016

botanical necklace 1, Francoise Weeks, workshop Mayesh March 2016

botanical necklace 2, Francoise Weeks

botanical necklace 4, Francoise Weeks

botanical necklace 10, Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Jewelry: Rings http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-jewelry-rings/ http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-jewelry-rings/#respond Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:49:35 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25419 high res files for slide show presentation

photo: Ted Mishima

Ever thought of offering flower jewelry as an alternative to corsages? Rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets  made with flowers and texture are undoubtedly a fun change from the traditional pin-on corsages. It doesn’t take any more time to make a ring than to make a corsage and I bet that anyone will love this unexpected idea. The base is made with gauge 12 aluminum wire, so the size of the ring can easily be adjusted. Because I love detail so much  I like to use small blossoms, textures and succulents, just the same as when I make corsages ; but of course the sky is the limit!

Here are some examples of  flower rings.  In the next few days look for blog posts for examples of botanical necklaces, earrings and bracelets.

Opening to Feb 20th 2015 exhibition

photo: Ted Mishima

botanical ring 15, Francoise Weeks

photo: Ted Mishima

botanical ring 14, Francoise Weeks

photo: Ted Mishima

botanical ring, Francoise Weeks photo Theresa Bear

photo: Theresa Bear

And some pictures that I took:

botanical ring 5, Francoise Weeks

botanical ring, Francoise Weeks, workshop Mayesh March 2016

botanical ring 3, Francoise Weeks

 

 

 

 

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Woodland Bouquet with David Austin Roses http://francoiseweeks.com/woodland-bouquet-with-david-austin-roses/ http://francoiseweeks.com/woodland-bouquet-with-david-austin-roses/#respond Fri, 03 Jun 2016 11:31:35 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25415 woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses,detail 1, Francoise Weeks

The Darcey garden roses from David Austin are mixed with cyclamen and sweetpeas plus succulents, eucalyptus, berzillia, pieris, leucodendron, kale, maidenhair fern, a variety of foliages and a budded magnolia branch. The underside of the bouquet, made in a European bouquet holder from Smithers-Oasis, is decorated with  pothos foliage; the handle is covered with calix of carnations and blackberries at the top.

Than you to Alexander Farms for sponsoring the roses.

Much gratitude to Joni Shimabukuro for capturing these beautiful photos.

woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses,detail 5, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses,detail 4, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses,detail 3, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet with David Austin Roses,detail 2, Francoise Weeks

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Botanical Couture with David Austin Roses http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-with-david-austin-roses/ http://francoiseweeks.com/botanical-couture-with-david-austin-roses/#respond Thu, 02 Jun 2016 11:24:31 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25413 botanical shoe with David Austin Roses,detail 1, Francoise Weeks

A botanical shoe, purse and headpiece featuring the gorgeous David Austin garden roses, sponsored by Alexandra Farms.

Photos: Joni Shimabukuro

botanical shoe with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

botanical shoe with David Austin Roses,detail 2, Francoise Weeks

botanical clutch with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

botanical clutch with David Austin Roses, detail 2, Francoise Weeks

botanical clutch with David Austin Roses, detail 3, Francoise Weeks

botanical clutch with David Austin Roses, detail 4, Francoise Weeks

botanical clutch with David Austin Roses, detail 1, Francoise Weeks

 

botanical headpiece with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

botanical headpiece with David Austin Roses,detail 1, Francoise Weeks

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Another Woodland Design with David Austin Roses http://francoiseweeks.com/another-woodland-design-with-david-austin-roses/ http://francoiseweeks.com/another-woodland-design-with-david-austin-roses/#respond Wed, 01 Jun 2016 17:42:35 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25410 woodland design with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

It was such an honor a few months ago to be invited by David Austin Roses  to design a few woodlands and botanical couture with their gorgeous garden roses. Here is the first second one.

The gorgeous Tess garden roses were blended with hellebore, fritillaria, succulents, pieris, blackberries, poppy buds and other foliages and textures.

Thank you Alexandra Farms for sponsoring the roses!

Thank you Joni Shimabukuro for the great pictures!

woodland design with David Austin Roses,detail 3 Francoise Weeks

woodland design with David Austin Roses,detail 2 Francoise Weeks

woodland design with David Austin Roses,detail 1 Francoise Weeks

 

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Woodland Design with David Austin Roses http://francoiseweeks.com/woodland-design-with-david-austin-roses/ http://francoiseweeks.com/woodland-design-with-david-austin-roses/#respond Tue, 31 May 2016 15:13:21 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25374 woodland with David Austin Roses, Francoise Weeks

It was such an honor a few months ago to be invited by David Austin Roses  to design a few woodlands and botanical couture with their gorgeous garden roses. Here is the first one.

Many years ago I found this fantastic piece of wood on the street in our neighborhood after a crazy wind storm. The copper pedestal was the perfect container to use. The other early spring flowers and textures are galanthus, muscari, hellebore, paperwhites, leukodendron, succulents, kale, pieris, foliage of begonias, geraniums and jasmine, ,…

Thank you Alexandra Farms for sponsoring the roses!

And as always, much gratitude to Joni Shimabukuro for capturing these beautiful images.

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 3, Francoise Weeks

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 1, Francoise Weeks

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 2, Francoise Weeks

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 5, Francoise Weeks

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 4, Francoise Weeks

woodland with David Austin Roses,deatil 6, Francoise Weeks

 

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Woodland/Botanical Couture Workshop in the Studio – Demos http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-demos/ http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-demos/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 21:56:28 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25360 I cannot than Theresa Bear enough for documenting this 3 day workshop so perfectly!

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio , rings Francoise Weeks

botanical earring

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio , earrings Francoise Weeks

botanical earrings

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio demo woodland bouquet, Francoise Weeks

woodland bouquet made in european bouquet holder from Smithers Oasis

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio demo woodland bouquet - underside, Francoise Weeks

underside of woodland bouquet

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio demo woodland centerpiece, Francoise Weeks

woodland centerpiece

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio demo botanical purse, Francoise Weeks

botanical purse

woodland-botanical couture workshop in studio demo botanical purse 1, Francoise Weeks

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Woodland/Botanical Couture Workshop in the Studio – Day 3 http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-day-3/ http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-day-3/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 21:33:04 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25337 woodland-botanical couture in studio, visit at Portland Flower Market, Francoise Weeks

We started the day with a visit at the Portland Flower Market . Back at the studio we explored mechanics and techniques to make botanical headpieces and jewelry. It was another fantastic creative day and Theresa Bear took great pictures again – Thank you!

woodland-botanical couture in studio, visit at Portland Flower Market 1, Francoise Weeks

Kendra from Glenwood Farms holds some of her stunning clematis

woodland-botanical couture in studio 2, Francoise Weeks

Tanner hanging out near us

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Susan's headpiece, Francoise Weeks

Susan used some hosta leaves from the garden as the base of her headpiece

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Susan's headpiece 1, Francoise Weeks

design by Susan

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Susan's headpiece 2, Francoise Weeks

design by Susan

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Katalin's headpiece Francoise Weeks

Katalin working on her headpiece

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Katalin's headpiece 1 Francoise Weeks

design by Katalin

woodland-botanical couture in studio, McCausland's headpiece Francoise Weeks

design by McCausland

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Theresa's headpiece Francoise Weeks

Design by Theresa

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Francoise Weeks

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Carrie's headpiece Francoise Weeks

design by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Carrie's bracelet Francoise Weeks

bracelet designed by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Katalin's ring Francoise Weeks

ring designed by Katalin

woodland-botanical couture in studio, Susan's earrings, Francoise Weeks

earrings designed by Susan

woodland-botanical couture in studio, earring by McCausland, Francoise Weeks

ear cuff designed by McCausland

woodland-botanical couture in studio, earring by McCausland 1, Francoise Weeks

loved the idea of the ear cuff!

woodland-botanical couture in studio, after lunch break,Francoise Weeks

on the way to the studio after lunch

 

 

 

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Woodland/Botanical Couture Workshop in the Studio – Day 2 http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-day-2/ http://francoiseweeks.com/woodlandbotanical-couture-workshop-in-the-studio-day-2/#respond Sun, 29 May 2016 14:10:14 +0000 http://francoiseweeks.com/?p=25308 woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, Francosie Weeks

In the morning we designed a woodland bouquet, using the european bouquet holder from Smithers Oasis. After explaining the mechanics on how to make the purses, the students created these beauties!

Photography by Theresa Bear

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets 1, Francosie Weeks

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design Susan, Francoise Weeks

design by Susan

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design Susan 1, Francoise Weeks

design by Susan

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design Katalin, Francoise Weeks

design by Katalin

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets 2, Francosie Weeks

design by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design Carrie, Francoise Weeks

design by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, underside, design Carrie, Francoise Weeks

underside of bouquet – design by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design Theresa, Francoise Weeks

design by Therese

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets, design McCausland, Francoise Weeks

design by McCausland

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio woodland bouquets,underside, design McCausland, Francoise Weeks

underside of bouquet – design by McCausland

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse, design Katalin, Francoise Weeks

design by Katalin

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse, design Carrie, Francoise Weeks

design by Carrie

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse, design Theresa, Francoise Weeks

design by Therese

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse, design Susan, Francoise Weeks

design by Susan

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse, design McCausland, Francoise Weeks

design in progress by McCausland

woodland-botanical couture workshop in the studio purse 1, design McCausland, Francoise Weeks

design by McCausland

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