Muddy gets creative: floral fun with Twigs and Greens, Hayle
Six years ago floral designer Jen from Twigs & Greens was working in marketing, but after moving to Cornwall from Leicester, decided to retrain at Duchy College. After just a year in business, she has her own shop, a full calendar of weddings to make magical and bagged herself the much envied Muddy award for super indie florist greatness. She’s a designer with a very sought after recognisable rule breaking style.
When I heard she was willing to share a bit of her creative mastery, I put my name down for one of her workshops. Great choice of venue – space (and great coffee on tap) at nearby Johnny’s Store and Cafe – a crafty shop and cafe in one with large tables perfect for getting creative. Miranda at Johhny’s is used to her space being taken over by creative types – it’s a site for regular crafty courses.
There were six of us on the course – with a range of abilities and experience. I was definitely at the bottom of compost heap when flower arranging skills were handed out, but I gave it a go. First up – floral crowns. A popular choice for bridesmaids and festival go-ers alike. Here’s one Jen made earlier – that’s what we were trying to achieve.
But as she explained, there were few rules (hoorah!) and experimentation positively encouraged. Like quite alot of things in my life (eg food, Aidan Turner, vino), I’ve found I’m from the ‘more is more’ school when it comes to foliage and really got stuck in.
Jen has us measuring our heads with garden wire (no pic of that), then showed us piece by piece how to add foliage and pin flowers with flourish. It was absorbing work and really relaxing. But being this creative is quite tiring, and once we’d finished the crowns it was time for a quick break (high fives to Miranda and her coffee).
Next was the posies/ hand-tied bouquets. Got to be honest, mine did not look like this:
Et voila! Here’s the output of our creative efforts. Can you see how chuffed I am with my flower crown? Muddy nippers however were mortified that I wound’t take it off.
Jen’s next workshop is on Tuesday 16 August at Castaways Boutique 1 Chapel Terrace, Hayle TR27 4AB.