Workshop at Cohim in Beijing (day 1)

It was such a thrill when last year in July  I was invited  by Cohim – a design school in Beijing – to teach a 6 day botanical couture/woodland workshop in September 2015. Not in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined that I would have the opportunity to go to the Far East to share my passion with other designers. From the get go, my friend Jo Jarvis was on board. Preparations were much more extensive than for any other workshop, as lots of the materials that I needed were not available over there. I was very grateful that Jo created a fantastic power point for each day – a request that we got less than a week before we left.

The experience at Cohim was absolutely incredible. Judy- -a fantastic translator – helped made this teaching experience go so very smoothly;  the language barrier never was an issue.  She was constantly at our side to make communication with the students seamless. They were a real delight and were super creative. At the end of each day Chris came by to take pictures of their work.

The flower market offered an extensive selection of flowers, textures, succulents and house plants and as you will see in the pictures in the next few blog posts, the students designed the most fantastic purses, shoes, headpieces, jewelry and woodland with all those botanical treasures.

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