A Floral Season

A Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie Kukulka

For me arranging flowers is a therapeutic exercise, a sensory and tactile treat. I discovered this last summer after taking my first floral design class. I spent the rest of the season learning the art from the industry’s best.

May: A Study of Heirloom Roses

My very first floral design class was A Study of Heirloom Roses, with the talented Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua and Nicolette Owen of Nicolette Camille Floral, collectively Little Flower School. Students gathered for the lesson at Garden Valley Ranch in Petaluma, California, where we spent the day cutting heirloom roses from the garden and learning to create arrangements with a wild and elegant aesthetic – their specialty.

A Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie KukulkaA Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie KukulkaA Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie KukulkaA Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie KukulkaA Study of Heirloom Roses with Little Flower School by Katie KukulkaIMAGE DETIALS: My finished floral arrangement, working away, Nicolette transforming a tulip by gently bending it’s petals back – creating an entirely new shape to work with, Sarah showing off a selection of poppies, Sarah and Nicolette simultaneously building the foundation of an arrangement, our work space at Garden Valley Ranch and a  stunning demonstration arrangement.

Early July: Floral Arranging 101

Shortly after my introduction to floral design, I enrolled in Floral Arranging 101 with Chelsea Fuss of Frolic! via Nicole’s Classes. The four week course consisted of step-by-step instructional videos and one-on-one feedback. Students were tasked with creating an arrangement once a week and sharing the photos with Chelsea for critique. We made range of compositions from bouquets to boutineers.

Floral Arranging 101 Hand Tied Bouquet by Katie KukulkaFloral Arranging 101 Flower Crown by Katie KukulkaFloral Arranging 101 Wild English Arrangement by Katie KukulkaFloral Arranging 101 | Flower Crown | by Katie Kukulkaflowers101
IMAGE DETAILS: My hand tied bouquet, flower crown, wild English arrangement. (See my arrangements featured on Frolic!, and Nicole’s Classes blog here and here.)

Late July: Creative Direction + Styling

In early July I spent three inspiring days in Atlanta with Joy Thigpen, and talented aspiring wedding stylists, at her Creative Direction + Styling Workshop. As a small part of our education in aesthetics and styling we designed small lush floral arrangements using sustainably foraged foliage from the grounds of the Inn at Serenbe, along with a shipment of buds from Mayesh.

Flower Arrangement by Katie Kukulka (iPhone)Joy Styling (iPhone)
The Inn at Serenbe (iPhone)IMAGE DETAILS: My arrangement, Joy styling a paper suite and the grounds of the Inn at Serenbe. (iPhone Images).

August: Arranged Collections

Before the summer was through I enrolled in a one day floral design intensive with Jill Rizzo and Alethia Harampolis of Studio Choo and authors of The Flower Recipe Book. The theme was Arranged Collections and students learned to make multiple arrangements that together created a cohesive multi-container composition. These woman have such creative ideas, like adding mushrooms, potted plants and wood slices to arrangements.

Arranged Collections Jill Packing my Arrangements (iPhone)Arranged CollectionsFlower TableIMAGE DETAILS: My final arranged collection – slightly worse for wear after the ride home, Jill packing up my arrangements, a table of flowers to choose from. (iPhone Images).

All of these woman are masters of their craft and I highly recommend each of the classes I attended. I certainly wouldn’t mind taking them all over again just for fun.

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7 Comments

  1. Lynn Carlisle
    March 12, 2014 / 2:50 PM

    You are a natural floral designer. Very inspirational.

  2. March 28, 2014 / 11:30 AM

    oh…your work is beautiful..i wish i can do the same classes that you did, but i live in Portugal and it is a big big investment that i can’t afford! :((

  3. April 6, 2014 / 4:48 AM

    I love the scent of fresh flowers!

  4. Devon
    April 13, 2014 / 9:08 PM

    I am so inspired to take a floral design class now!

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