I have exciting news to share with you!
We are delighted to announce that we will be partnering with Flutter Magazine for our 2015 Florabundance Inspirational Design Days.
It is going to be a great floral event at an amazing location. Co-founder and Editor of Flutter Magazine, Kim Wiseley, will be working closely with Florabundance every step of the way to bring you a visionary Flutter-chic floral + design experience. We are thrilled that attending designers will also have a chance to see their work featured in future editions of Flutter Magazine.
Over the next few weeks we will be releasing more details including cost, registration and a further look into this unique and educational experience that will be held at Lotus Land in Santa Barbara — an incredible globally renowned garden that only allows 15k visitors per year. So, stay tuned and don’t forget to save the dates (January 12-14, 2015).
In the meantime, check out our exceptional group of presenting designers from around the country:
Amy Merrick (Brooklyn, NY)
Amy Merrick is a floral designer, writer and stylist based in New York City. Her writings on design, flower arranging and entrepreneurship have appeared in books, magazines and across the web. As a florist, she creates evocative tablescapes of flowers, foliage, fruits and branches for weddings throughout the country, often gathering materials herself from the surrounding landscape. Her work as a stylist is botanically focused, and she has provided natural elements for magazine covers and national ad campaigns.
Amy has worked with Ralph Lauren, Brides, The Today Show, Design Sponge, Nylon, Whole Living, BHLDN, Garden Design, Country Living, CNN and Kinfolk. She chronicles her experiences on her personal blog and teaches floral classes out of her Brooklyn studio.
Amy Osaba (Atlanta, Georgia)
Amy grew up in Atlanta watching her mother and grandmother work in the garden – her grandmother, to the age of 85 maintained a recognized Daylily farm in Arkansas; and her mother, an avid gardener and painter, always encouraged the creative process.
Surrounded by creativity, from an early age Amy has always been drawn to the arts. Having studied ballet since the age of five, when she turned 18, Amy moved to New York City to dance with the Joffrey Ballet. Over the next ten years, she danced for the Atlanta Ballet and the Cleveland/San Jose Ballet, from which she retired.
Her strong theatrical background set the stage for a fusion of mixed-medium, dramatic statements in venues around the southeast. Her passion is to make every event extraordinary, exquisite and authentic. She is driven by the creative process from beginning to end, down to every last detail, making dreams into realities. The only thing she loves more than the process is to hear her clients tell her, “it was even more beautiful than I ever imagined.”
Amy lives outside of Atlanta with her three handsome boys and their dog Cloe.
Francoise Weeks (Portland, OR)
Honing her talents through training with the florists of Antwerp, Françoise discovered her signature—a unique lush and textural style, heavily imprinted by her love of nature and art. Since 1996 she has translated her passion into creations of flowers, herbs, fruits, vegetables and foliage in a way that the masters could only paint.
Her portfolio runs the gamut from elegant natural simplicity to the abundant and bountiful; she consistently delivers the unexpected. Françoise’s first priority is to realize the ideas and needs of her clients and bring to the process her attention to detail and unique creativity.
Recently her work has emerged into two distinctive styles: URBAN WOODLANDS—contemporary stylings of mosses, lichens, bark and forest floor gatherings and FLORAL FORWARD—exquisite botanical haute couture creations of purses, headpieces and shoes.
She shares her knowledge of floral design and mechanics with professionals and students from around the world in an intimate studio class and workshop setting. Françoise has been the subject of numerous magazine articles throughout the United States and Europe.
Holly Chapple (Lucketts, VA)
Flowers have been a constant part of Holly’s life — she literally grew up in a green house! As a newlywed and young woman, Holly decided to take her inherited love, knowledge and passion for flowers and grow a business. From those seeds planted nineteen years ago, “Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD.” became one of the most sought after and well-loved designers in the area.
Holly’s impeccable designs have set the tone for thousands of weddings and events in the Washington DC region. Holly’s flowers have adorned venues such as The Library of Congress, The Ronald Reagan Building, The Mayflower Hotel, Union Station, The Udvar Hazy Smithsonian Center, The Four Seasons, The Fairmont, The US Convention Center, The American Indian Museum, The DAR Museum, and The Ritz Carlton Hotels–to name just a few. In addition to these prestigious DC venues, Holly is a preferred vendor in Loudoun County, where she resides with her husband and 7 children.
For the past four years, Joost Bongaerts and Florabundance have been working with Holly on the various Chapple designers’ events.
Sarah Winward (Salt Lake City, UT)
Sarah was born with a deep appreciation and respect for nature running through her veins. Inspired by the outdoors, Sarah creates flowers for weddings and events that are fresh & creative. She finds joy in collaborating with a couple to create flowers unique for their event; taking inspiration from them, the season, and the surroundings.
Sarah is based in Salt Lake City, Utah where she lives at the base of the mountains with her family. She travels all over the world creating flowers for weddings. Exploring new environments & incoporating them into her work is something that feeds Sarah’s sense of wanderlust. Continuously seeking out new flowers, color palettes, and textures, Sarah’s work is truly a collaboration between her and her surroundings.
Tricia Fountaine (Santa Barbara, CA)
Tricia is an event designer in Santa Barbara, California. She fell into the event business after working as a floral designer for several years. After becoming frustrated by the lack of cohesiveness and creativity in the overall look of events as well as the event not always reflecting the personality of the client she decided to get involved on a bigger scale.
She has been active in various artistic endeavors all her life from working as an interior designer and a merchandiser to owning her own store. She also has a BA in art history with some courses in fine arts. If you are interested Tricia would be happy to design a most magical event just for you.
Tricia says “I believe in magic. Magical things happen everyday if we allow ourselves to see it. My work is to play with the magic and help to create with you a moment in time that is so special, so lovely, that all who are there feel the importance and beauty of the moment. Whatever the occasion, ceremony is important and should be honored. I would like to help you create your special occasion, imbue it with thoughtfulness, love, beauty and magic.
Owner and designer, Alicia Schwede, opened Bella Fiori in 2003 as an outlet for her love of flowers. Her work has been featured in The Knot, The Bride & Bloom, and Premier Bride as well as on Style Me Pretty. Alicia is the author of the book “Bella Bouquets” and the founder of the leading floral design & industry blog “Flirty Fleurs.” She is a frequent blogger and social media expert.
Alicia will be joining the workshop to present on all things digital media: blogging, social media, website tools and more!
Kelly Oshiro (Santa Barbara, CA)
Kelly wears many hats. At Santa Barbara Chic, she serves as editor and creative director, producing original content including cocktails (On the Rocks), flower inspiration (Flower Chic), and farm-to-table recipes as a collaboration with local chefs (In the Kitchen with). SB Chic is all about living life well.
Kelly is also a lifestyle editor for Flutter Magazine, art directing and prop styling for editorial photo shoots.
Kelly will be on-site at the 2015 workshop where she’ll be working with participants to style their creations editorially.