Hello Members and Guests,
I understand that this is a tumultous time and things are stressful for the most of us, but I’d like to just say that we’re still working hard behind the scenes to bring you a fantastic convention this coming August. I believe that we’ll soon approach the apex of this crisis and we’ll soon see the light begin to appear on the downturn of the graphs. I’m hearing rumors that there is a cure for this virus and it will be released very soon. Just keep praying and stay positive and soon we’ll see the country getting back to normal. Don’t let fear and anxiety rule you. Turn off the devices and design something to take your focus off this ordeal. It can be a great way to calm the mind and relieve stress. When the weather warms up, go outside and just walk even if it’s just down the block or around your house. Exercise is a great reliever of stress. If anything changes we’ll make sure to keep you abreast of any cancellations so you can adjust your schedules. Otherwise, remain positive and try to look forward to Reflections 2020, our 100th Anniversary celebration.
Nelson Simpson, NCSFA President
This hands-on workshop will give you mechanical concepts and skills to easily construct intricate and impressive floral accessories to offer beyond corsages. These techniques will set you up to create designs that are updated, fashion-forward and artful while remaining mechanically strong and wearable.
* Please bring your own tools, i.e. clippers, scissors, wire cutters, and knives.
Heather Ann Miller, NCCPF is the creative director of Eclectic Sage, a Raleigh based event design and floral studio. While spending many years working in the interior architectural design field, Heather also explored product and textile design. During these explorations, she realized she loved the studio experience and started contributing her artistic eye for colors, trends, and design to a wide variety of projects. Her venture with Eclectic Sage bridges her various art forms and allows her to lend a unique perspective to every design. To see some of her work check out her website www.eclecticsage.com and follow her on Instagram where she often shares behind the scene stories. @eclecticsage
Sponsored by the NCSFA Education Committee
Whether you are making arrangements for an FFA banquet , prom, etc. , learn how to make designs with an unexpected twist that will leave students and teachers alike in awe of what just came from the Ag Department! We will be using a variety of flowers, floral products and non traditional design products to create beautiful centerpieces that are sure to be a hit. Sherri will be showing you design tips, tricks and ideas, but this is a hands on class as well. So……. let your creative juices start flowing now!
$15 Discount Coupon for Members in the Members Zone
CONVENTION 2019 FRIDAY FFA WORKSHOP CHECKOUT
Flowers are much more than flowers in the 21st century, and to separate yourselves from the competition, you need to do much more than just flowers. This program will open your eyes to possibilities that have worked well for Fresh Affairs and Michael will share some of their secrets that will help you take a different approach to your consults and services that you should be offering!
Michael Whaley Aifd Cfd has over three decades of experience in the floral industry and has been involved with every aspect during his career. He has a passion for continuing self-education and, more importantly, sharing that acquired knowledge with other designers in the industry. Over the years he has studied with some of the greatest designers in the world including Gregor Lersch, Hitomi Gilliam, Tomas De Bruyne and Per Benjamin among others. Michael has been awarded NCSFA Designer of the Year and Southern Retail Florist Association Designer of the Year. His love of interpretive design led him to The Jim Treadway Cup for interpretive design and after winning this coveted competition three times he was inducted into the Jim Treadway Hall of Fame. He was also a regional representative for Americas Cup, Great American Design Competition. Michael was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers and has been heavily involved with programs presented at AIFD National Symposium. He is currently the chairman of the National Education Committee, serves as vice president of the Southern Chapter of AIFD, and is an AIFD certified evaluator/judge. Michael currently works as Creative Director for Fresh Affairs, an upscale wedding and special events studio based in Raleigh, NC.