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The Francoise Weeks Workshop Experience (and a surprise)

Jan 5, 2015

Last July, Francoise Weeks and I teamed up to gift a seat in her Portland workshop to one lucky Botanical Brouhaha reader. Jaime won the opportunity to attend the workshop in Francoise’s personal studio and, then, kindly offered to tell us about her experience. Today, we welcome Jaime. Enjoy the post and look for a surprise at the end!

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Hello! My name is Jamie Spellerberg and I am an avid follower of the Botanical Brouhaha Blog. I live in Northern Wisconsin and I have been in the floral industry since I was sixteen when I worked front desk answering the phone at a local flower shop. Since then I have worked my way up to designer. Back in July I won the opportunity through Botanical Brouhaha to attend a workshop taught by none other than the very talented Francoise Weeks.

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I am so blessed to have been able to attend Francoise Weeks Botanical Couture Workshop. On the first day we learned the necessary mechanics to construct Francoise’s famous floral purses. After we learned the basics of the purse we were set loose to our own creative devices! Each designer used different materials and no two designs were alike. (purse pictured above by Jaime) That afternoon we learned how to create the botanical jewelry Francoise creates for many of her photo shoots.

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The next day we walked into the studio to find one of Francoise’s intricate floral headpieces, full of different floral textures. After showing us the basics of how to create the base structure we set to work choosing from the assortment of unique greens and flowers. That afternoon we finished up our headpieces and designed floral combs and more jewelry.

The last day Francoise brought us all to the Portland Flower market. As a newer designer looking to start my own business, Francoise took the time to introduce me to the different growers and wholesalers. This alone was one of the most valuable experiences for me. Getting to meet other professionals in the industry was such an experience! When we returned to the studio Francoise taught us how she creates works of art out of old thrift store high heels. This was my favorite day! I loved working with the different textured leaves and petals. This brought a close to our workshop but gave us all wonderful memories and new experiences!

Francoise is so generous with her knowledge of the floral industry and genuinely wants each and every one of her students to learn. This was an invaluable opportunity for me to learn new ways to use everyday elements. A HUGE thank you to Amy and Francoise for making this week possible for me, it is one I will not forget!

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Francoise teaching the mechanics of her designs

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Francoise’s bouquet front and back

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Purses made by workshop attendees Jennifer, Dena, and Jamie

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Botanical rings by Jamie, Jennifer, and Dena

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Jaime’s floral headpiece

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Jaime’s floral comb

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Jaime’s floral armband

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Jaime’s botanical shoe

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Jennifer’s botanical shoe

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Thank you, Jaime! We appreciate you documenting your experience and sharing it with us. And now…

OUR SURPRISE!

Francoise Weeks is again offering to gift a Botanical Brouhaha reader with a seat in her Botanical Couture workshop! The 2-day workshop will be held in Newnan, Georgia (about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta) at Vinewood Plantation on April 21-22, 2015. Sherry Donnelly of Gertie Mae’s in hosting the workshop. Topics will include: headpieces, jewelry, purses & shoes. For additional information on the workshop: click here.

To enter for a chance to win the seat in Francoise’s workshop, simply leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen by random drawing on Friday, January 9, 2015 at noon (CST). The winner will be announced on Botanical Brouhaha later that afternoon.

A very special thank you to Francoise for her continued generosity and inspiration and to Sherry for hosting the workshop. Two amazing women…you’ll love them!

Good luck!

(Note: The winner is responsible for travel and lodging expenses. The 2-day workshop is valued at $1185.00.)

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  1. Anna Stouffer

    January 5th, 2015 at 7:38 am

    This is so exciting!! I would love to attend this workshop!!

  2. Cindy Schwartz

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Francoise is my idol! I adore everything she does!

  3. Eatherley Schultz

    January 5th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    My daughter Adeline and I love to read stories about Tinkerbell and her friends’ escapades in Pixie Hollow. One of our favorite characters is Rosetta who is a garden/plant fairy who makes beautiful dresses, adornments and accessories for her fairy friends. She reminds me of Francoise with her skills and craftsmanship with plants as well as her kind, generous and humble nature.

    I live in a place surrounded by Pixie Hollow forests and would love to hone my knowledge of mechanics and materials in woodland and botanical couture designs from Francoise~

  4. Mariana Symecko

    January 5th, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Hello Francoise and Botamical Brouhaha! I have been dreaming to attend one of Francoise’s workshops. This would be an amazing opportunity to enhance my skills! 🙂 I hope I can win as it will be a wonderful early gift for my birthday (1/16).
    Mariana

  5. Jennifer May

    January 5th, 2015 at 8:56 am

    ooooo! this would be such a wonderful experience!
    I would love to attend!

  6. Peggy Sherwood

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:04 am

    To design and learn from the master of woodland for a whole workshop would be a dream come true!!!!!!!!!

  7. Shanna Moore

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Beautiful creations! I would love to be part of this next workshop!

  8. Leslie

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Oh wow! I would LOVE to be able to attend this!!

  9. Laura Boucher

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:17 am

    Francoise is an amazing ambassador in today’s floral industry!

  10. Alicia Broehl

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Thanks for you sharing your experience Jamie! I adore Francoise and her artistry! Attending a 2 day workshop under her direction would be such a treat!!

  11. Jessica Backus

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Beautiful! Would love to be a part of this workshop and bring the creative designs to our brides!

  12. geo

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I really love Francoise’s creations, I would be grateful to learn from her. 🙂

  13. Jessie

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I would absolutely LOVE the chance to learn from Francoise and to spend some time with Sherry!!!

  14. Rebecca Raymond

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:48 am

    This is such a wonderful opportunity! Thank you! Rebecca Raymond

  15. Briana Frank

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for offering your time and talents- it would be an honor!

  16. Dana O'Sullivan

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:03 am

    What a fabulous opportunity to spend time with both of these superstars.

  17. Judy Morreale-Billotti

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:05 am

    So inspired by the work I see posted form this workshop and my love of all that is natural and organic, has truly got my creative juices flowing. I would be honored to attend one of Francoise Weeks’ workshops. Thanks for always posting such beautiful floral art.

    Judy

  18. Jessica Jones

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:18 am

    I would LOVE to learn from Francoise & just hug Sherry’s neck!

  19. Elise

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I would love to attend!

  20. Amanda Lankford

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Oh please pick me! You are such an inspiration.

  21. JoAnn Jones

    January 5th, 2015 at 11:42 am

    you are an amazing designer who will expand and broaden my horizons!!!!

  22. Jeanette McKittrick

    January 5th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    What a privilege it would be to learn directly from Francoise Weeks! Thank you so much for the chance!

  23. Allison Johnson

    January 5th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I would love to attend!!

  24. Christina Fisher

    January 5th, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity!

  25. Shannon Kirshner

    January 5th, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I’m in my third year of flower obsession and am really excited to see a workshop within driving distance! I would actually gift this to my sister who created a dress with cuttings from her tree and put it on wire dress form to greet guests at Christmas. It was impressive! And she deserves a creative escape!

  26. Jackie Johns

    January 5th, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    I must say I have attended one of Francoise’s classes and I so much enjoyed it. I would love to win this because I want to learn
    more from Francoise, especially her jewelry and shoes. I know you would prefer someone who hasn’t already attended but I would love the opportunity to attend again. Thank you

  27. Heather Potter

    January 5th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    I would love to attend one of Francoise’s workshops! She is amazing! Thanks for offering this chance.

  28. Bridget Habetler

    January 5th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Thank you so much, Botanical Brouhaha, for giving someone the chance to learn first-hand from the amazing Francoise Weeks! She is so inspiring, from her floral beginnings to her wonderful textured and intricate work. You will be making someone very happy!!

    Bridget

  29. wendee sawran

    January 5th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Entering in for this fantastic workshop!

  30. KathleenNelson

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Dreaming of this…..

  31. Jody Costello

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    My floral friends love all that Francoise has taught them! I’d love the opportunity to be taught her secrets!!! Fingers crossed!

  32. Corinne

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Franciose is a flower master! She has so much to teach! I would love to attend one of her workshop someday.

  33. lisa

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    oh! to win a seat in a francoise workshop!

  34. Anna Rushing

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    I love the BB blog and Francoise Weeks!

  35. Kris

    January 5th, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This would be a dream come true! I especially love those headpieces!

  36. Susie andersen

    January 5th, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    I’ve tried to save for months to attend a workshop … I know it will be well worth it. I’m from portland and follow you closely at the market

  37. Katie Pollard

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Oh my! How exciting!

  38. Sheryl King

    January 5th, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    I vowed 2015 would be a year of new adventures and new beginnings. This workshop sounds like a wonderful and exciting opportunity and I would be honored to be chosen!

  39. Kei

    January 5th, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Wowzer! What an amazing prize! I’ve been fascinated by Francoise’ s work since I began my “flower journey”. It would be an inspiration to learn from her at a 2 day (!!!) workshop. I’m crossing my fingers! Thanks so much to both of you for offering the opportunity!

  40. Deb Bulloch

    January 6th, 2015 at 7:54 am

    “Inspired By Nature”, My motto and daily intention for living. I am so inspired by and grateful for Francoise Weeks incredible gift that she has and shares! Thank you Nicole P and Gail C for sharing this site and YOUR gifts!

  41. Margaret Ludwig

    January 6th, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Would love to attend this workshop! What an amazing opportunity!

  42. kristin burrello

    January 6th, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    oh yes, please. she is one of my top muses and mentors.
    thank you both for your generosity.

  43. Raechel Schwarze

    January 6th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    How generous!! What an opportunity!! Thank you!

  44. Jenna

    January 6th, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Crossing my fingers like many of the other commenters! Thanks for the opportunity Botanical Brouhaha!

  45. Tina Knoll

    January 6th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I would love to attend! I was so excited to see that it is within driving distance.

  46. Mary B. Hayes

    January 6th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    That would really be a thrill, would so love to take part in Francoise Weeks workshop. Wow, wow and wow. Wonderful of BB to offer this!

  47. Keith Stanley

    January 6th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    This is the class I want to experience. Winning would be a great start for 2015!!!

  48. Chelsee Tysoe

    January 7th, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I would love to win this workshop! What a treat that would be 😉

  49. Helen Mitchell

    January 7th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    WOW how amazing would a workshop with Francoise be!! I would have to organise some other sights to see but I’d travel from Australia for an opportunity to learn and work with some of the best!! 2 days of inspiration for a lifetime.

  50. Ann Cogburn

    January 7th, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Would love to attend this 2-day workshop— what a great opportunity to learn from a floral designer whose work I admire so much!

  51. Abigail

    January 7th, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    I know one day I will attend one of Francoise’s workshops. I adore her work and as such would love to learn some technique! Thank you for offering the opportunity to win something so wonderful!

  52. Shannon demuth

    January 7th, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I would just DIE if I had this opportunity. But I would wait to die until after the workshop because, you know, otherwise it would be kind of a waste.

  53. Jen Brant

    January 7th, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience Jamie! Your designs are stunning. Francoise’s work is some of my favorite to stalk on Instagram. I would love the opportunity to take a class.

  54. Maggie bailey

    January 7th, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    i would love to attend this workshop! She’s amazing!

  55. Megan Illingworth

    January 7th, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    What an amazing opportunity!!!! Fingers crossed!!!

  56. Kseniya Khromina

    January 8th, 2015 at 12:44 am

    I’d loooove to attend this workshop!!

  57. Gail Corliss

    January 8th, 2015 at 6:04 am

    I would probably love nothing more than to attend this class .ive been in the floral industry for 20 years and have an incredible love of the natural & organic style that you Francois
    Design with. I’ve watched my self transform from in the beginning learning floral names and just taking a floral order to now having found my style and my passion in what i am as a designer! I see in your work the appreciation for every leaf and it’s beauty as to where you place it on your intricate design. I too want to see your world. So happy that I’ve found you on fb & can continue to see your inspiration! ~ Gail

  58. Janet Frye AIFD

    January 8th, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Looking forward to seeing Francoise’s presentation at Fl. State… and attending her workshop!!! And hoping I have half the patience to do it :-/

  59. Kristi

    January 8th, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I’m still just getting started on trying to launch my own floral design business, focusing on natural & environmentally conscious elements. I’d love to be a part of this workshop to enhance my knowledge & skills, thank you!

  60. Shelly Sarver

    January 9th, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I can only imagine what I could learn from such a talented lady! This would be an experience and a lesson in design unlike any other design class I have experienced! Such a unique design style.

  61. Francoise Weeks

    January 9th, 2015 at 7:34 am

    Thank you everyone for your comments! It will be fun to find out today who won the seat!

  62. Rhona

    January 9th, 2015 at 9:03 am

    me, me, me,, please, please, please.

  63. Catherine Scott

    January 9th, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I would love to learn Francoise’ techniques. Her work is stunning. Thanks Jaime for your story and fabulous photos.

  64. Eden Frei

    January 9th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    what an amazing opportunity! I would love to attend!

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