Thursday, November 7, 2013

René van Rems 5 day Master Class on strategies to upgrade your techniques & styles from a commercial Euro perspective

I was fortunate to be able to attend this five day hands-on class in Carlsbad.  It covered topics which I had not previously studied, such as Sympathy work and how to construct a Mille Fleur arrangement. René offered new ideas for commercial, every day, special event and wedding work.  Quick tours of the San Diego Flower Market and the Resendiz Brothers' Farm were also included.

Lobby entry to the René van Rems Floral Training Center.

One of several vignettes by René.

First day of class.

Robin and Lowana


Demo for sympathy spray

Sympathy wreath explanation

Alternative uses for a floral wreath ring

The spiral hand-tied bouquet master demonstrating the technique.

Morning tour of the San Diego Floral Market

Demo of cascade bouquet technique.

Graduation! with Lowana, Olena, Robin, René and Deb.

Field trip to the Resendiz Brothers' farm to hear René give a quick talk on trends.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Western Floral Design - Foundation class at The Honolulu Museum of Art

This five week class covered basic floral design with a twist.  It was a fun mix utilizing some of the latest floral accessories such as aluminum wire and flat cane with flowers.  Some of the projects are shown below:

Contemporary boutonniere by Pokey.

Floral ring by Hisae.

The beginnings of a centerpiece using flat cane.

Flat cane centerpiece almost done.

Class photo with their armature arrangements.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

"On the Edge" Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit by Linda Hamasaki and students

Sept. 20 - 22, 2013 Neiman Marcus, Honolulu, HI

Dotty Nitta

Lillian Chang and Nancy Fujita

Linda Hamasaki and Joyce Tomonari

Priscilla Growney

Linda Hamasaki and Joyce Tomonari

Debbi Barrett-Holt, Caroll Takahashi, Sharon Ching Williams

Gail Atwater

Barbara Masumoto top half of arrangement

bottom half of arrangement beneath the table.

Priscilla Growney, Allison Holland, Bertie Lee, Dorothy Nitta, Tina Semenza, Jan Tucker

Joyce Tomonari