Last July, Francoise Weeks and I teamed up to gift a seat in her Portland workshop to one lucky Botanical Brouhaha reader. Jaime won the opportunity to attend the workshop in Francoise’s personal studio and, then, kindly offered to tell us about her experience. Today, we welcome Jaime. Enjoy the post and look for a surprise at the end!
Hello! My name is Jamie Spellerberg and I am an avid follower of the Botanical Brouhaha Blog. I live in Northern Wisconsin and I have been in the floral industry since I was sixteen when I worked front desk answering the phone at a local flower shop. Since then I have worked my way up to designer. Back in July I won the opportunity through Botanical Brouhaha to attend a workshop taught by none other than the very talented Francoise Weeks.
I am so blessed to have been able to attend Francoise Weeks Botanical Couture Workshop. On the first day we learned the necessary mechanics to construct Francoise’s famous floral purses. After we learned the basics of the purse we were set loose to our own creative devices! Each designer used different materials and no two designs were alike. (purse pictured above by Jaime) That afternoon we learned how to create the botanical jewelry Francoise creates for many of her photo shoots.
The next day we walked into the studio to find one of Francoise’s intricate floral headpieces, full of different floral textures. After showing us the basics of how to create the base structure we set to work choosing from the assortment of unique greens and flowers. That afternoon we finished up our headpieces and designed floral combs and more jewelry.
The last day Francoise brought us all to the Portland Flower market. As a newer designer looking to start my own business, Francoise took the time to introduce me to the different growers and wholesalers. This alone was one of the most valuable experiences for me. Getting to meet other professionals in the industry was such an experience! When we returned to the studio Francoise taught us how she creates works of art out of old thrift store high heels. This was my favorite day! I loved working with the different textured leaves and petals. This brought a close to our workshop but gave us all wonderful memories and new experiences!
Francoise is so generous with her knowledge of the floral industry and genuinely wants each and every one of her students to learn. This was an invaluable opportunity for me to learn new ways to use everyday elements. A HUGE thank you to Amy and Francoise for making this week possible for me, it is one I will not forget!
Francoise teaching the mechanics of her designs
Francoise’s bouquet front and back
Purses made by workshop attendees Jennifer, Dena, and Jamie
Botanical rings by Jamie, Jennifer, and Dena
Jaime’s floral headpiece
Jaime’s floral comb
Jaime’s floral armband
Jaime’s botanical shoe
Jennifer’s botanical shoe
Thank you, Jaime! We appreciate you documenting your experience and sharing it with us. And now…
Francoise Weeks is again offering to gift a Botanical Brouhaha reader with a seat in her Botanical Couture workshop! The 2-day workshop will be held in Newnan, Georgia (about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta) at Vinewood Plantation on April 21-22, 2015. Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s in hosting the workshop. Topics will include: headpieces, jewelry, purses & shoes. For additional information on the workshop: click here.
To enter for a chance to win the seat in Francoise’s workshop, simply leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, January 9, 2015 at noon (CST). The winner will be announced on Botanical Brouhaha later that afternoon.
A very special thank you to Francoise for her continued generosity and inspiration and to Sherry for hosting the workshop. Two amazing women…you’ll love them!
(Note: The winner is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The 2-day workshop is valued at $1185.00.)