Ombre – a hot trend for 2012. A graduated variation in colour. From hair to fashion to furniture, the design industry is embracing this trend. Floral and event designers express their own interpretations of the theme.
Natasha Lisitsa demonstrated floral art in ‘Exuberant Floral Art on a Large Scale’. Natasha studied Sogetsu, a free and creative style of Ikebana. Then she developed her own style, a fusion of Eastern and Western design. Her company Waterlily Pond Floral Design Studio is based in the San Francisco Bay area. Her work at the […]
Another interesting presentation at AIFD Symposium 2011 was that of Soho Sakai AIFD. A practitioner of the Japanese art and discipline of Ikebana since 1957, she currently teaches and demonstrates in the San Francisco Bay area, and mentors the Soho Sogetsu Study Group. Her presentation “Inspiration in Sogetsu” was indeed an inspiration. Sogetsu is the […]
One of the design seminars was presented by Rene Van Rems, ‘Designing through the Centuries’. Rene covered period design from western regions of the world: Britain, Germany, Italy, Holland, France and USA. Here are a few examples of his work: Rene travelled through history right up to modern and contemporary design. Here is an example […]
At 6:30am we were on a bus trip to the San Francisco Flower Market. Greeted with fresh coffee and donuts, we meandered through Brannan Street Wholesale Flowers and many other vendors taking in the visual feast. It was the floral equivalent of being a kid in a candy store. Throughout the market J Schwanke AIFD […]
My second day at the AIFD Symposium was a tourist day. After perusing the ‘must see’ brochures, I decided to take a walking tour of Haight/Ashbury, the hippie mecca of the 60s. Stan, the tour guide was a walking encyclopedia. Everyone we passed seemed to know him, there was a real community feeling in this […]
At the beginning of July I had the good fortune to attend the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) National Symposium in San Francisco, a working vacation you might say. The theme this year was ‘Imagine – Dream, Create, Share.’ When I arrived at the hotel I immediately knew that I was in the right […]
Over the weekend, Martin’s participated in the 17th annual Junction Arts Festival. The festival invites many people to the area to celebrate music, performance, visual art, installation, and poetry. We enjoy the influx of people to the neighbourhood. In an atmosphere of elevated mood and jovial spirits, it is an opportunity to interact with the […]