Botanical Pattern Workshop
In August of last year, I started going on walks in the morning in San Francisco. As I walked, I would pick a little twig here and there, and by the time I came home I had a miniature bouquet in my hand. At first I found little vases to put the arrangements into, but I couldn't enjoy them for long because they wilted quickly. So I laid out the bouquets on colorful backdrops and documented them. This quickly turned into a daily exercise in floral arrangement, which helped me hone my understanding of color, composition, shape, and texture. I dubbed this exercise Nature Bits.
A year has passed, and the Nature Bits series has evolved into complex large scale patterns using Eucalyptus leaves and a variety of other local botanicals.
This month, I turned this botanical adventure into a workshop, which I've called Botanical Patterns. I'm excited to share with you photos from my first workshop, which I hosted this past June at the Nine Muses Salon, a collective for renaissance women in San Francisco.
With a handcrafted shim made by my friend Heather D'Angelo, we spent two hours in botanical heaven creating arrangement after arrangement. I heard people say "This is so relaxing..." and "I love this!". I was so happy that the Muses were happy, and proud of the gorgeous arrangements that came out of our botanical afternoon.
Artwork in gallery by Heather D'Angelo, Melissa Davis, Laura Cochrane, Dana Chadwick, Jennie Lennick, and Jenny Folkesson. A special thank you to Heather D'Angelo for hosting this workshop in her beautiful home in the Mission District of San Francisco.