Aaaaaaannnnnnnnnd after a long hiatus from blogging I am back! But guess what I have been up to.....?
Well, I spent last week in Sydney (so much warmer there) doing a floristry course with McQueens of London, which is one of the most well known florist shops in the world.
As well as being a fabulous florist who do flowers for such famous British icons as Claridges Hotel, The Berkeley Hotel, Harrods and Mulberry, McQueens also run a floristry school, which run classes around the world. McQueens in Sydney were hosted by Pearsons Florists (a well known Australian florist company who also have their own floristry school, as well as a number of shops throughout Sydney).
McQueens was established in 1991 by Kally Ellis, and I love the way she describes her style of floristry, “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” (And she was correct we do love it!)
And after a week of fabulous fun and training by McQueens tutors Emily and Duncan, I can understand what Kally is talking about. All arrangements, either large or small are always in the same shades and tones of one colour. There are very few stark contrasts of colour, certainly no blue with orange, and I think seeing all shades of yellow for example from golden through to pale lemon and cream within the one bouquet, draws your eye through the flowers. And the use of different shades of the one colour provides depth and texture within the arrangements.
I learnt many new techniques and tips (anyone for a ceiling installation?) which I hope to put to good use and demonstrate in the next few months. I posted heaps of images on Instagram @tamarvalleyroses of my McQueens course but I have oodles more to post, so keep your eyes peeled.
Apologies for having taken so long to write, this past few months have just flown by, Mother's Day, followed by winter weddings, EOFY and suddenly its nearly spring....and although we are still having such cold days it is wonderful to see the first signs of blossom, I promise I will blog again soon....enjoy the blossom! x