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Details confirmed for Gathering Blossom Workshop.

If you have signed up for the newsletter this will be old new to you, but if not (and why not?!) I have great pleasure in releasing details of the Gathering Blossom workshop. 

Gathering Blossom
An Arts and Crafts inspired floral workshop

Tuesday 25th April 2017 10am-4.30pm

An inspirational day of art, flowers and flexing your creative muscles. Head off into the fairytale tangle of woods, bushes and masses of cow parsley to forage,  Watch a large scale design being conceived and created by Fiona Pickles as she talks about the process, how she works and what inspires her and her designs.  Learn about styling and creating enticing images for Instagram whilst finding what works for you. Meet and interact with likeminded creatives wanting to charge up their creative batteries before the new season hits and inspire each other as you put it all into practice.

Aimed at

Floral designers and artists wanting to adapt their style to embrace a loose, unstructured and free-form style

Creatives wanting to gain more understanding of the floral process

Artists wanting to paint with flowers

Florists wanting to improve their Instagram gallery

Lovers of spring flowers just wanting a day up to their knees in British flowers and foliages making a mess in someone else's house

Fans of the Arts and Crafts Movement, Art Nouveau, Edgar Wood and Frederick William Jackson

The day includes:

 Foraging amongst the extensive and wonderfully overgrown grounds for foliages and blossoms

Large scale demonstration by Fiona using locally grown flowers

Time for you to design and create

One to one and group time with Fiona 

Opportunity to style areas around the venue

Social media and styling advice

All refreshments and lunch

Pictures taken throughout the day by Holly of Belle and Beau Fine Art Photography available for your use

Video of the day available for your use 

Welcome bundle 

All equipment provided



Exclusive access to Briarcourt in Lindley West Yorkshire, a large privately owned residence designed by Edgar Wood, a leading light in the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

Established as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution, The Arts and Crafts Movement stood for traditional craftsmanship over mass production, embracing the beauty of the materials and the workmanship of the makers.  A perfect sentiment that sits well with my ethos and way of working.  


A mural at Briarcourt painted by Frederick William Jackson, a founder member of both the Manchester School of Painters and the Staithes group of painters. His paintings include 'Gathering Blossom', hence the name of the workshop!


Foraging in the grounds

Foraging in the grounds

Lunch in the panelled dining room

Lunch in the panelled dining room

Dress the inglenook fireplaces and original windows

Dress the inglenook fireplaces and original windows

Each booking is for one person only and cannot be cancelled once booked.

NB Briarcourt is a working and large scale renovation, including all the areas we will be using, This is in no way a finished venue, but a lifetime project for Vicky and Duncan, who live there, to restore a beautiful and historic house back to it's former glory. Please don't expect a polished, finished venue. Part of what makes this experience unique comes from seeing a real piece of history (and an utterly beautiful one at that) being restored to its former glory, if you don't mind bare floorboards, unfinished rooms and a bit of peeling paint you are in for a real treat!



Make a difference

For every place booked £15 will be donated to Clem's Garden, a not for profit social enterprise currently being set up within the grounds of Briarcourt - see below for details:

"Clem's Garden will be a not for profit social enterprise run mainly by and for older people who don't have a job or a family life to channel their care, nurturing and experience into. By everyone working together to grow and sell organic cut flowers for a nominated charity, we hope to help in some small way to provide a vehicle to help address the epidemic of loneliness, boredom, and low self esteem too many people face, especially in later life. As well as bringing happiness to the customers who will enjoy our beautiful seasonal flowers, we hope to cultivate friendships and confidence in the growers who volunteer here."

A minimum of six students is required

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