Notes On... Bloom Collective at The Barber

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What do Thursday evenings usually look like for you? If we're speaking candidly here, mine normally involves (literal) Netflix and chill. So in an unusual sociable twist, a few weeks ago on a rainy Thursday at 6pm, I joined Bloom Collective for a floristry workshop at The Barber Institute of Fine Arts.

Each workshop that Bloom-owner Katy holds there focuses on a different artwork from the Barber's collection as inspiration for the arrangements. We were taken to the gallery to look at Whistler's Symphony in White, our inspo for the evening. So no presh, then.  

Back in the hall and at our work stations, Katy gave a quick demo on how to start building the bouquet, then we set to work using the buckets of beautiful blooms we had in front of us which included Butterfly ranunculus, Solomon's Seal, various roses, eucalyptus and lots more. The trick (*taps nose and winks*) is to leave space between the individual flowers and to keep turning your creation as you build it, to see how it looks from all angles. My bouquet embraced a more (*cough*) wild look than I was originally intending. Eucalyptus FTW!

The grand, Art Deco setting of the Barber made for a civilised and grown-up evening and frankly, going back to my normal Thursday routine is going to take some adjustment. Or a new season of Big Little Lies

The next Bloom workshop at The Barber is July 11 and is focussing on a painting by Turner. Tickets here.