On Education

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When I started this flower journey over a year ago, I became engrossed with learning everything I possibly could when it came to flowers.  It was all-consuming, in a sense that I could not get enough of blog posts, online tutorials, and floral books.  However, when it comes to floral design, the best way to learn is practice.  For me, that came through my apprenticeship in Washington, DC.

Through my apprenticeship, I was able to study from a master, a designer running a shop for the most prestigious residence in the country.  Because of an insatiable appetite to learn, I worked 5-6 days a week, for six months on a volunteer basis.  During that time, I was able to interface with nationally and internationally recognized designers, artisans, event planners, and production companies. 

Last summer, I was very fortunate to meet Holly Chapple, a renowned floral and event designer whose work is widely documented in the wedding industry.  I identified with her from the moment I met her…in fact, I “knew” her through her blog!  Holly is one of the most open, honest, and caring individuals that I have met.  Her help and guidance empowered me to launch Giverny Design.  Before I left the DC area, I went to her studio in Loudon County, Virginia for an unforgettable design class with Holly.  I treasure the memories and lessons from that day, and am very grateful for the photographs that document it.

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*All photographs courtesy of Genevieve Leiper.

When it comes to design, it is important to have a strong foundation.  Although each designer may have an individual point of view and different design aesthetic, it is important to continue education and learn from others.  As in any creative field, classes enable designers to stretch their minds, get out of their comfort zones, and stay fresh.  I’m looking forward to future classes!

“It is important to learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist”– Picasso