Woodland & Botanical Couture Workshop in Françoise’s Studio in Portland, OR
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,
August 31, September 1 & 2, 2015
9:30AM to 4:30PM
Class size limited to 5 students.
Lodging and additional information can be viewed here.
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A New Approach
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.
Botanical Couture came in stages; shoes and purses came first followed by headpieces (spearheaded by photographer Ted Mishima) and most recently botanical jewelry. You will hone your artistic talents and will be encouraged to listen to your intuition and further your own vision.
We’ll explore different ideas for botanical headpieces, purses and shoes; we will discuss sourcing materials and the mechanics involved to create a variety of these unique designs.
Aluminium wire will be manipulated to create the base for botanical rings, bracelets and necklaces. These beautiful detailed pieces will make for unique accessories for any event or wedding.
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. Using foliage, bark, berries, seedpods, twigs, mushrooms, herbs and some flowers, we’ll explore how to make woodland bouquets as well as centerpieces. After a demonstration of techniques and mechanics, you will design your own pieces.
*Day three begins with a trip to the Portland Flower Market.