Each year on or around the 4th of July baseball games are being played, family and friends are enjoying good times at the beaches, pools and backyard bar-b-q all across our great country. Another annual event that takes place around the 4th is the annual American Institute of Floral Designers National Symposium. This year’s event was held in the “Mile-High City” of Denver Colorado and drew over 850 of the top floral designer artists from around the world. The theme of this year’s event was “Journey” and what a journey it turned out to be!
This incredible journey through the world of design was quite extensive including 20 design programs and hands-on workshops. Anyone who ever had the pleasure of attending an AIFD Symposium will agree it’s an experience to remember. You come away inspired, filled with new ideas and excited to share them with your clients. This year was no different. Here are just a few of the highlights from the uber-talented international panel of presenters.
Let’s begin our ‘journey” right here with Jenny Tomasson who owns Stems Florist located in Florissant, Missouri. Her program featured plants and other organic materials used in a way we haven’t seen perfect for today’s modern world.
Jenny’s living wall would make a perfect backdrop for today’s environmentally conscious couples. The wall is coved in a mixture of natural mosses with a diagonal line of brightly colored bromeliad plants stretched across the center. The wall is accented with columns and spheres made up of a patchwork of wooden twigs.
Let’s continue our journey with the artistry of Yoshimi Nakayama, a renowned floral artist from Japan.
Yoshimi has created a 3D experience for us. He’s taken four frames of the same size and used a similar floral material to create a unique 3D perspective as you look through the design. Another interesting feature is that the design changes as you change your viewing angle.
In his next design, Yoshimi has created an optical illusion for us. He has firmly anchored a rather large piece of bamboo into his base and created the illusion that the heavy bamboo is supported by the few stems of crespedia and blades of grass material used.
Our last stop on our little trip through the AIFD 2015 Symposium is with a program titled “Journey Down the Wedding Aisle” presented by Katie McCormick-Kharrat AIFD and Philip Rice AIFD both from Yorba Linda California.
Katie shares with us that “floral design is as much a language as it is an art. It is the dialogue between a wedding couple’s, aspirations and a designer’s vision that will mark the success of any project. Communication between a designer and a couple ignite a relationship inspiring unique and creative designs that reflect their distinct style. This relationship takes you from consultation to destination, from vision to the vows.”
Katie and Philip take us quite a ride as they share their truly unique and anything but ordinary “journey down the aisle”.
What a stunning background they have created for our bride holding a beautifully elegant composite flower made up of hybrid lily petals. The backdrop itself is made up of seemingly random shapes and sizes of orbs each made of a single variety sure to have your guests eyes transfixed until the happy event begins.
Here are some more of their truly original and unique designs.
Their bouquet work has a very European flair to it and is more indicative of the type of designs seen and carried by European brides.
This brings our little design odyssey to a close. This was but a tiny sample of the work and programs presented at the AIFD National Symposium. If you ever have the opportunity I highly recommend attending the annual AIFD event and you will come away inspired and you’ll never look at floral design the same again.