What would you do if you’d been tasked to come up with a group activity that was a little different. Last year you went bowling – no one got any points for that. The year before you went catamaran sailing, but there is not enough budget for that sort of thing this year. It is hard to come up with something where it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and yet everyone has a really good time and still comes away with a new skill. |
Enter flower workshops in Melbourne. Yes really, such a thing does exist. Florists have taken the initiative and realised people do want to spend time together and come away with one of those skills which are really satisfying.
In Japan there’s a special word for it, ‘Ikebana’, and it is the art of arranging the natural beauty such that it pleases the senses and at the same time creates something that has a pleasing aesthetic. At a flower workshop in Melbourne, attendees get to understand the fundamentals of what makes a flower display. They will see how the diverse elements come together and how to create a display which uses natural materials in a way that really stands out as being a professional display.
The idea is simple. You chose the time and place. Perhaps you get a few bottles of wine and some snacks and the rest will come to you.
There is a difference between a bunch of flowers stuck in a vase and a properly arranged display and you probably recognise the differences even if you can’t tell why. In these workshops, you will understand the elements that make a professional display and what to combine to create the effect you are looking for as well.
Floral displays can be so much more than pretty. With all that nature has available, displays can be dynamic, arresting, disturbing or reflective of nature. That doesn’t just mean when the sky is blue and the roses are blooming.
Nature has so many more moods than benign. Think of the drama of a storm or the way in which rock, branch and greenery combine with blossoms to create an overall effect. Nor does it have to be a big vision. Coming back to Ikebana for a moment – that art is more about the perfection of even the single leaf and not the whole bouquet.
So, the next time you’re looking to do something different, whether it is a work event or you want to throw a baby shower with a difference, why not think about something like a flower workshop. If you have never been to one, you will be pleasantly surprised. If you have been to one, your skills will only increase and develop.
There’s one other thing too, you will be able to get back in touch with the 5-year old you taking a painting home from class because you get to keep your creations at the end.
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