florist, flower farm and floral design studio, herefordshire

September Spry Florist Workshop | 18-19 September 18

Join Twisted Sisters and Moss & Stone for an indulgent two day florist course at the stunning and historic venue, Broadfield Court, Herefordshire.

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SPRY:
synonyms:    lively, energetic, active, full of life, full of energy, vigorous, spirited, animated, vivacious, playful, jaunty, perky, frisky, agile, nimble;
 
"Do what you please, follow your own star, be original if you want to be and don't if you don't want to be. Just be natural and light-hearted and pretty and simple and over flowing and general and baroque and bare and austere and stylised and wild and daring and conservative and learn and learn and learn. Open your mind to every form of beauty."
Constance Spry

 Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley

Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley

 Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley

Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley

THE WORKSHOP

Join Twisted Sisters and Moss & Stone for an indulgent two day workshop at the stunning and historic venue, Broadfield. Set in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside this workshop will be held within the house and grounds using an abundance of seasonal, freshly harvested flowers and foliage from the Twisted Sisters Flower Farm. You will be encouraged to explore, and go wild and loose with your creations!

The workshop will be intensive and is designed in such a way it enables you to maximise your time spent with us. All the best flowers and foliage will be cut from the farm and conditioned ready for you to 'just' create. In a relaxed, friendly, inspiring environment with no pressure, we will give you the opportunity to create bouquets, centrepieces, archways and more. You will be able to work at your own pace but at the same time we will encourage you to capture as many portfolio images as flowers and time permits. 

Aimed at anyone with an interest in floral design, from beginners wanting to establish portfolios, to florists and designers who would like to refresh theirs, everyone is welcome even if you just want a couple of days away creating. Matt, our chosen professional photographer will be in attendance throughout the workshop. Wherever you feel you fit into this picture, help will be on hand and additionally we advocate open discussions in order to get the most from the workshop. 


THE SCHEDULE

Optional: Whilst the two day workshop officially commences on Tuesday18 September, we will be having an informal meet and greet on the Monday evening to get to know each other.

 Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley at TwistedSisters

Image courtesy of Melissa Ashley at TwistedSisters

 Bouquet by Twisted Sisters. Image by Sabine Darrall

Bouquet by Twisted Sisters. Image by Sabine Darrall

DAY ONE

1000-1800

Explanation, demonstration, and practice of different hand tied bouquets and table arrangements using an abundance of seasonal blooms. You will be shown how to make the mechanism of the moment the 'mossage' and these will be used in various ways over the two days. You will have the opportunity to style your creations, a selection of ribbons and backdrops will be supplied to add those finishing touches.

Broadfield provides many opportunities to photograph your work so that you have a gorgeous bank of images for your portfolio. Matt will capture all of your pieces and these images will be sent to you for use after the workshop.

During day one we will collectively discuss different options ready for the day two installation.

 Moss & Stone. Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

Moss & Stone. Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

 Moss & Stone. Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

Moss & Stone. Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

DAY TWO

0900-1800

Today, as a group we will get your creative juices flowing. We will build and create the groups choice of elaborate installation pieces, combine and explore what opportunities the venue has to offer, as well as using other freestanding structures. Incorporating the mossages made on day, one we will show you just how versatile these are in floral design.  


MELISSA ASHLEY TWISTED SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN

Relatively new to floristry and not formally trained, Melissa has enjoyed learning and gaining different skills and styles of floristry from many respected and established creatives in the industry. From Katie at Ponderosa and Thyme to Soil and Stem, Jay Archer, Kiana Underwood(Tulipina), (and more!).

Melissa hails from a design background exhibiting at prestigious venues such as Somerset House and Southwark Cathedral (London). She likes to think outside the box, loves a challenge and is known to push the boundaries on any brief that she is given.

Inspired and intrigued by nature Melissa will quite often explore a more unusual or off beat avenue in her creations. She loves nothing more than (chocolate!) quirky elements and textures in her work.

She has never used floral foam in her own creations and is always thinking and researching different foam free ways to create.

 

 Image by Sebastian Conrad

Image by Sebastian Conrad

 Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

Image by Hannah Duffy Photography

BRIGITTE GIRLING MOSS AND STONE

Brigitte's floral story began about ten years ago when she trained as a florist. Since then she has been lucky enough to work and learn from some of the flower world’s best designers as a freelance florist.

Realising the importance of ongoing personal growth Brigitte continues to seek out and be invigorated by workshops and classes run by internationally recognised designers, which then inspires and informs her own work.

Brigitte is inspired and nurtured by the fresh awakenings of each changing season drawing on the traditions of English gardens and the wild beauty of the Suffolk countryside around her. Preferring to use flowers and foliage naturally available at their peak of perfection maintains an honesty and enchantment for herself and her clients. 

DEBBIE HUTCHINSON  TWISTED SISTERS FLOWERS FARM

I am the worker (and comedian) of the Twisted Sisters outfit, or that is what I keep telling everyone!!

After retiring and settling the family in Herefordshire, I found my new calling in life, in the middle of a field, on my own, covered in mud, after having the bright idea of setting up a flower farm, on our little piece of England. #simples 😳

For the two day workshop, expect copious amounts of delightful dahlias, amazing amaranth,  zingy zinnias, stunning sunflowers to name a few.

 Twisted Sisters Flower Farm

Twisted Sisters Flower Farm

 Image courtesy of Matthew Walsh

Image courtesy of Matthew Walsh

MATTHEW WALSH PHOTOGRAPHER

Photographically Matt enjoys capturing people, unique moments in time, shadow, light and colour, creating a lasting final document and preserving a memory. He likes to show the more subtle elements of life, preferring a less conventional composition that captures the emotion, honesty an humour in a given moment in time.

Matt caught our eye with his clean, slightly different view at life through the lens. Here at Twisted Sisters we very much champion out of the ordinary and those artists who are prepared to blur the lines from what is considered 'normal'. We feel that Matt will bring style and an edge to the workshop images. 

Matt will be available throughout the 2 day workshop to capture you and your creations.

JANNE FORD STYLIST

Janne is a floral photographer and stylist known for her perfectly styled floral imagery on her popular Instagram account, which has inspired and captivated many hearts (and followers). 

As a visual storyteller she has worked with many brands and often holds workshops where you will learn all about capturing that perfect shot. Mood boards, colours, composition and textures are all considered to help elevate images that will stand out from the crowd. Janne comes from a fashion design background, the world of which inspires many creative fields and vice versa. Florals never go out of fashion.

We are thrilled to have Janne join us for day 2 of the workshop and she will work alongside the attendees and other professionals to fine tune the individual creations for those ultimate shots.

Janne Ford
 Courtesy of Broadfield

Courtesy of Broadfield

BROADFIELD COURT VENUE

Nestled in the stunning Herefordshire countryside, Broadfield is a historic country house and wedding events venue set in beautiful gardens and grounds. Parts of  the house date back to the 14th century, with current renovations set to combine its heritage and history with carefully chosen elegant, modern touches.

The grounds at Broadfield provide an incredible back drop for workshops, with many different spaces to work from, including the David Austin rose garden, the walled kitchen garden, sweeping lawns, magical woods and numerous courtyard and outbuildings. Just 20 minutes from the city of Hereford, Broadfield's tranquility and beauty is inspiring. 

Our chosen venue oozes character and charm, its age gives plenty of texture, in-fact we think it is perfect for a floral backdrop.


SECURE YOUR PLACE

We would absolutely love for you to join us on our Spry workshop. Our aim is to teach you some of our favourite new and old techniques in an environmentally friendly way. The workshop will allow you to experiment, and we would hope that you will leave us after the two days more confident and knowledgeable. Happy that you have gained new skills and some wonderful new friends to continue your floral journey with. 

Cost of two day workshop              £700

Special early bird offer                     £625   (Offer available until 1 July 2018 and requires full payment) SORRY, THE EARLY BIRD OFFER HAS NOW ENDED .                                                                                                                                                                                                       

There is a split-payment option constituting a 50% deposit with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to the workshop start date.

PLACES ARE LIMITED, TO REGISTER YOUR INTEREST CLICK HERE

Materials and snips will be provided.

A delicious lunch and drinks will be provided. Hot and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day as well as cake and snacks to keep you going!!

Please let us know of any dietary requirements.

The nearest train stations are Leominster or Hereford and we can recommend various accommodation in the area. Both train stations are a short drive away. Directions to Broadfield can be found here.

Accommodation and transport not included.