my Flower demonstration and workshop in India

I didn’t only give felting workshops in India, I also gave a flowerarrangement demonstration and a short workshop for all those whom were coming.  So I went shopping on Wednesday August 3rd and Friday 5th  to buy and see what flowerswere available there..  Pots, floral mass,  special things, and still thinking what to make and show? 

viltalakim, Flowershop, Calicut, India

buying flowers

But I had a great idea , talked about it with Vasudevan and it was possible……So on Saturday August 6th it was time:  woke up early and at 10 the particpants; arrived and everything was ready for the demonstration.  I Introduced myself and  started talking about how to treat flowers and what do’s and don’ts.

flowerdemonstration, India, viltalakim

starting with my first arrangement


viltalakim, flowerdemonstration, India

a modern parallel style


viltalakim, bamboe

bamboe reprepared for the particpants


 These bamboes were going to be the basis of the vase arrangement I was going to  make with the participants. Such an amazing range of exotic materials to work with  for a Dutch person… of course the Indian participants liked the imported bought flowers more, like Roses, Carnations, Gerbera, Gladiolus, Solidago, Cyperus evergreen.  Solidago is in my own garden growing like weed….. so I didn’t really felt like using it, but it was fun to do. 

viltalakim, tasara weaving centre, flowerworkshop

the hall of the Tasara gallery and guesthouse was perfect for this photo shoot.


viltalakim, flowerworkshop

all makers together


After giving this workshop I learned a few things… 

  • try working with materials which are special for the local people
  • make your own style
  • calculate a few days to find special things; on Monday afterwards we came across an coconut oil company and they had loads of coconut shells…. think of how many ideas came to my mind …. oef.
  • don’t worry to improvise, That’s part of a demonstration.
  • I gave the participants an option for what I should show/ demonstrate for one floral piece.
  • I ended the demo part with making a hand bounded bouquet with all the flowers which the participants were going to use… just to show and I think it was the best thing to finish with :)

Next time I’ll be trying to find and work more with local natural materials. I think there are so many possibilities…..

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7 Comments for my Flower demonstration and workshop in India

Renathe | August 29, 2011 at 9:54 am

Wow, didn’t know you did flowerarrangements also :)

RitaJC alias alatvian | August 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

Thank you so much for sharing!

riet baird | August 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

ook nog wat met je beroep kunnen doen daar en nog dingen geleerd: you lucky devil:)

P8ronella | August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

wat een leuke foto’s ! En ik moest lachen om wat je zei over de bloemen smaak in India :) Zo is het altijd, wat van ver komt is mooier …..

terriea | August 30, 2011 at 5:03 am

Such a cultural and artistic vulture. You’re absolutely fantastic to give workshop of your proficiency. Also you’ve the chances to meet the local artists. Sounds GREAT.

nauli | August 31, 2011 at 9:14 am

Haven’t been to your blog so long. So many exciting things happened! Wow, I’m flashed. Reading (and watching) back was fun!

red2white | August 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Beautiful, Kim, this must have been so enriching, both for your and for your students.

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