I have loved Françoise Weeks’ work for years. I would look at her arrangements and wonder “How did she do that?” I finally attended her Woodland Design Workshop at the end of January. It was amazing. What made it even better is that Alicia (of Flirty Fleurs and Bella Fiori) attended too! We had a blast! Françoise has a vast set of techniques, mechanics, and secrets to teach, but encourages you to pursue your own ideas when inspiration strikes. She works through projects with you, and assists with the simple mechanics so that you can focus your time and efforts on exploring designs and creating multiple pieces. I walked out of her workshop with a completely new style in my repertoire, and enough photos of my creations that I am already selling my new style to brides. I was even able to add a new gallery to my portfolio which you can see here. Her beautiful studio (pictured above) is just bursting with unique flowers, foliage, succulents, branches, mosses and pods. It was hard to know where to start. I was so inspired to create that it seemed as if each day passed too quickly. I left Portland invigorated and hungry for more; even three weeks later I am recording new ideas in my sketch book daily. Françoise is a passionate artist and a generous mentor. This workshop was not only a joy to take, but a valuable investment in the future of my business. I plan to attend the Botanical Couture Workshop next. Thank you for being so open with your knowledge, resources, and time Françoise! Here are some of the arrangements I created at the workshop. Woodland centerpieces: Arrangement on a root structure: Bouquets: Boutonnieres: Flower Girl Basket: Check out Françoise’s workshops and classes. Maybe I'll see you at one!