In 2016, a series of Slow Flowers Creative Workshops partnered Debra Prinzing with a variety of co-instructors. Our goal? To integrate writing exercises with floral design as a way to verbally and non-verbally tell the story of each student’s personal brand and aesthetic.
I am finding great inspiration in the fact that our participants willingly suspend fear or apprehension and dive into unfamiliar exercises to express themselves through words. I salute everyone involved for the way they encouraged and supported one another — that makes a huge difference during any creative process, right?!
What drew people to take this workshop and invest in themselves in a new way? Here’s a sampling of the reasons:
“I lost track of my connection to creativity. I could stand behind another designer and sell someone else’s work, but not my own. I want to use flowers to tell a story.”
“I became so separate from who I am, and I started thinking ‘what would I do if I could do anything I dreamed of?’”
Our writing exercises ranged from simple botanical descriptions (describe a rose without using the word rose, for example), to playing with new ways of naming color, to journaling about our earliest memory of nature, flowers or art. The ultimate goal? To identify our “why,” our “North Star,” our personal value system that underscores our brand.