Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the March Millinery Flower Workshop! It was so great to meet you all and see your fabulous creations take shape.
Pictured above are some of the wonderful flowers that were made in this past Saturday's workshop.
It really was a kick in the pants and I was/am sooo inspired by what people made. It really is no bull when teachers say they learn from their students. I find it endlessly fascinating to watch how people approach a project. I also love to see other peoples' aesthetic sensibilities in action.
I tend to default to a "realistic" style when I make flowers - probably because of my background in museum work - so I was thrilled when Dana and Teri took off in their own creative directions. These flowers are so beautiful - I'm disappointed that I didn't get better photos (still working on that pesky documentation thing).
Dana mixed fabrics in a way I have never thought of, which I find very inspiring and I can't wait to start experimenting. This rose is so chic - just like Dana.
I can't say enough good things about the colors in this flower. (apologies for the bad photo) I love the way Teri used a more abstract palette and designed her flower to look more stylized.
Katie and Beth created more traditional but equally lovely roses. Beth was truly the stealth flower maker - She made her second flower so quickly I didn't even get a picture of it. Here is her first one, which has a very "grand dame" air about it - dramatic and showy -
Katie has a knack for the "realistic" style. This rose has some really pretty movement in it's petals - all the more admirable since it's made of velvet - silk is easier to shape. Love the subtle color fade in the middle.
DeAnna and Heather - How fabulous are you and your roses? Check these out -
What great color variation!
I can't wait to put into practice what I learned - I look forward to mixing fabric in bolder ways, choosing more unconventional colors, and coaxing more movement from my petals (getting those puppies to flamenco ranther than waltz).
And so, as promised - Here is the first flower I ever made (besides those high-falutin' museum ones) - I never finished it because I wasn't satisfied and I quickly moved on...
Told ya you would laugh, Dana.