We love learning new skills and tricks, and if I’ve learned anything from my weekly forays to Trader Joe’s, it’s that I just can’t stay away from flowers! That’s why this class at The Bradford by Bushel and Peck was so much fun!
The Bradford is such a stunning venue, and we were excited to be there to capture Julie from Bushel and Peck taught a class on floral arrangements to a group of women hoping to spend the evening elbow-deep in fresh flowers!
Before settling in at the gorgeous tables provided by the Greenhouse Picker Sisters for the event, attendees got plates of delicious food by Donovan’s Dish and filled their glasses with champagne! We’re pretty sure that can make any learning experience better!
Julie surprised the attendees by only bringing green florals to the class! Why? Because color is such a powerful aspect in design, and she wanted the attendees to focus on other important aspects of design. Keep reading to learn three lessons things we learned from Julie at her class:
The thirds rule
We like when things are split up into 1/3 and 2/3 chunks. For example, if you have a really tall vase (2/3), you’ll want your florals to visually take up 1/3 of the space at the top. Since the attendees of the workshop were working with really short vases, they aimed to have their arrangements visually take up 2/3 of the space at the top. This blew our minds and makes so much sense!
Form and shape are important!
The shape of things really impacts the message that they communicate. For example, really tall florals like the bells of Ireland in the photo above communicate strength and formality, whereas fuzzy florals like the ones below communicate more modernity and comfort. These are important things to consider when taking into account what you want your florals to communicate and the space they are being displayed in!
Lead the eye on a path
This rule is difficult to illustrate through writing, but the basic premise is that in an arrangement, there is most likely something that first catches your eye — and as the creator of the arrangement, you get to be intentional about that! Then, you can lead the viewer on a journey by adding other pieces that will visually take their eye somewhere else. One attendee, for example, created an arrangement that was diagonal in shape, taking the eye from the highest point seamlessly to the lowest one!
We’re so glad that we were able to be there for this class and learn from Julie! Don’t all of the attendees’ arrangements look great? 🙂 A huge thank you to the Bradford for having us!