Slow Flowers at Whidbey Flower Workshop
Sunday, April 22nd
April 22-24, 2018
Fireseed Event Venue, Whidbey Island, Washington
The second annual Whidbey Flower Workshop is a masterclass flower retreat that will focus large scale floral wearables (headpieces etc) and on foam-free large scale floral installations. We want to inspire your imagination and enrich your knowledge of mechanics. Escape to Whidbey Island and recharge your creative juices as well as your business skills!
Hosted by Tobey Nelson, the second annual Whidbey Flower Workshop invites you to cultivate your creativity and stock your toolbox with a range of foam-free mechanics. This year we will explore our floral fantasies with internationally acclaimed floral designers Susan McLeary of Passionflower Events and Joseph Massie. Like frosting on a fabulous cake, our session will kick off with a visit from Debra Prinzing of Slow Flowers. The uber-talented photographer Heather Saunders will capture your creations for your portfolio use.
Join us in the magical Pacific NW forest for this 3-day slumber party that will be jam-packed with floral fun. Create fantasy-based floral wearables (none of your average corsages here!) and explore a variety of large-scale installation mechanics. During the course of the workshop we will also discuss sourcing, pricing, creative challenges, staying renewed and inspired, working with your farmer, and more. Each student will have hands-on experience building their own wearables, and working as part of a team on a variety of large-scale foam-free floral installations. All work will be professionally photographed by Heather, using professional models. Photos will be shared with students for use in their portfolios, websites, branding etc. We will work with only the most luscious flowers, focusing on locally-sourced and American grown, including lots of spring treasures grown right here on Whidbey Island.
This course is designed for the floral professional who has some skills and experience, has “played around” with wearables and installations, and wants to expand their creative horizons and update their mechanics so they can avoid floral foam in their practices. Scroll down to “meet” our instructors and learn what they’ll cover.
Investment & Registration
Registration is open! The cost is $2900 (plus sales tax of 8.7%). This will be an intimate group, only 15 – 17 students – so reserve your space soon! Full payment at the time of registration is requested but contact me if you need to make payment arrangements. Register here. All tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.
Just about everything is included in the cost, and I’ve worked really hard to pack value into every minute!
- Admission to the workshop (see the itinerary below)
- Lodging for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights
- Transportation between class location and lodging
- Dinner, dessert and drinks for the welcome session on Sunday night
- Breakfast, snacks & lunch on Monday and Tuesday
- Casual dinner with program & (weather permitting) fire circle on Monday night
- Farewell feast on Tuesday night
- All materials
- Professional photos for your own portfolio use
Not Included (but we are more than happy to help you arrange this)
- Tools – you can ship them to me
- Transportation to Washington or Whidbey Island. Contact me if you have any questions about that.
We will be awarding two half-price scholarships via an Instagram contest. Follow me and watch for details!
Want to know more about last year?
Visit the recap post, the original page, or search #whidbeyflowerworkshop on Instagram to see what happened organically – it’s pretty magical!
What’s different from last year?
Lodging and meals are included!
We are at a new venue with more space…
We are all shacking up together in one big awesome house. Slumber party!!
Our creations will be “more” – the wearables will be headpieces and/or tattoos, etc. – not just flower crowns and boutonnieres. Start imagining something you’d like to make – it’s not too early!
The installation will be multi-faceted, so you’ll learn a greater variety of mechanics/approaches as well as design insights and rigging, etc.
So even if you came last year… this one will be different, “more so” that last year! Contact me if you have any questions!