Earlier this year, I took some time for some professional and creative development and headed down to Atlanta for the Amy Osaba Workshop. I then headed to Charleston to partner with Lucy Cuneo (whom I now adore!!) on a styled shoot (more on that later - coming to Magnolia Rouge soon!). I've done a few other workshops (Joy Thigpen's styling workshop and Flowerwild's floral workshop) and it's been fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes of each artist. I greatly admire each of these women and though I think their styles are often along the same aesthetic vein, their processes are quite different! It's actually been comforting to me - to know that there is no formula, no set of rules that produces the same outcome. It means that the sole fact that I am an individual with individual sensitivities produces a wholly unique product. I am grateful for that. There is hardly anything I can bring to the table but myself. And that is somehow enough.
Amy and her team did an outstanding job on this workshop. The welcome dinner was so luxurious. As event and floral designers, we create beautiful tables all the time, but we rarely get to sit at them and enjoy the view! This was a rare and welcome experience for me. Everything was exquisite - Abany's papers, the lush (all foraged, of course!) greenery installation, the candlelight, and the food! The food was really very good. And beautiful. I had the best time connecting with other florists from around the world and with Amy, Mary, Brooke, and Meredith. And finally getting to meet Abany! She is a kindred spirit. I wish she was closer.
The next two days were full of flowers. Amy has a pretty laid-back style when it comes to teaching. We would chat for a bit about business, building a team, and then she'd give some instruction and demonstrate how she might do things. And then she released us to the bounty! While I can't say that any of the instruction was new to me, that was actually comforting - to know that, as a self-made florist, I've figured out how to make my design process work. I actually preferred some of my own techniques to Amy's, but I think she would be the first person to say that is what makes each florist unique. I did, however, pick up on some really helpful tricks (for instance, the use of zip ties. I mean, wow! I'm investing in the stuff) and just getting to see how someone who's been in the biz for 10+ years runs her books was very enlightening.
If you are interested in floral design, I highly recommend Amy's workshop! She is welcoming and wonderful! Now, onto the good stuff! All photos by M.K. Sadler. All flowers displayed (except for welcome dinner) are mine!