I have been lucky enough to participate in Put your Heart Into It workshops before, so I went full of anticipation of a relaxing night, producing a quality product and indulging in an amazing ethical grazing platter. That grazing table is magnetic. It's designed to help people appreciate the food they eat and Laura hopes it will make people happy. True to form we are greeted warmly with the offer of wine or myrtle tea.
Laura and her team never fail to create a welcoming and 'known you all my life' atmosphere. The studio is cosy with a trolley of bottomless organic wine and fair-trade tea brewing. Their intention to help attendees to wind down, share stories and take the opportunity to connect with others is met pretty quickly. My layers of home burdens dispel without effort. I am so looking forward to creating some floristry arrangements.
I have no experience in floristry whatsoever and learnt a lot about arranging flowers and foliage that I can now use to create my own arrangements at home. I am thinking this could save me a lot of money and make good use of my garden. I have a new appreciation for native arrangements and am excited about creating them for gifts and beautifying my own home.
Learning floristry design principles focusing on sustainability, design elements, colour, shape and texture. Creating a hand held posy and an arrangement using locally sourced flowers and participants contributions. Learning tips and tricks from a qualified florist with years of experience and a passion for sustainability and foraging.
It's pretty simple to get involved in a Put your Heart into it workshop. Unlike some workshops, there's no pre-reading or preparation required. You can bring along an old glass jar to contribute or swap if you have one. If you want to, you can bring along any flowers, foliage or herbs from your garden but there's no need to purchase anything new.
I am pretty stoked with the two arrangements I took home and have already been selecting bits and pieces from the garden to create wild floristy at home. I am keen to let my girls in on the secrets of floristry creation.
Now I've been looking at the other workshops I haven't done and I can't wait to attend the upcycled statement jewellery workshop.
Melissah Danger is a florist, designer and teacher with over 15 years experience in the commercial florist industry. She has a Bachelor in Landscape Design is passionate about sustainable practices. She puts sustainability above costs. Melissah is the owner of Delicate Dangers - a sustainable florist specialist in the north of Melbourne offering floristry for weddings, celebrations, funerals and large decorative installation art.
From a personal perspective, Melissah was impressive as a teacher. She is knowledgeable, highly skilled, passionate and helpful. What she made look easy was complex for me in application. It reminded me about how few instructions can be more than enough when dealing with novices! Somehow cutting the stalks on angles got lost on me when trying to manage flower spiralling and balancing! In my defence, I was focussing and my concentration was all about using my left hand. I'm proud to say it all worked out in the end.
This is probably where I should admit my total ignorance of the knowledge and skills required for floristry. I had an appreciation of the art of floristry but totally understated what's involved. Luckily none of that mattered because of the skills and understandings of the PYHII team. I got totally lost in the moment and was surprised when three hrs had passed so quickly. I suspect this was exactly the intention of Laura.
Put Your Heart Into It is a collaborative team hosting insightful and creative events and workshops in and around Melbourne and Country Victoria. Their mission is to create sustainable and eco-conscious experiences that not only inspire but also aim to promote a slower lifestyle, where simplicity and community involvement are cultivated as well as nurturing a hands-on approach to getting creative.
The team includes an array of artists and professionals experienced within their fields. They will leave everyone feeling inspired. They are proud to support local artists, ethical businesses and community groups. In nurturing their business (and others) they take seriously the impact on the earth and all living things.
All workshop topics are available as a customised private workshop with a minimum of twelve at the studio or at a location of your choice. They also offer sustainable event management, catering - grazing tables, lighting and floristry. They cater for all diets - vegan, lactose & gluten free.
They are offering twenty new workshops and always have lots of great workshops coming up. They can be pretty busy, with some interstate participants, so book ahead. Other workshops include basket weaving, ceramics, photography, fashion and styling, ethical pop art jewellery, embroidery, cooking, permaculture and gardening, health and fitness, hair and makeup, starting a small business. You can check them out here.
Put your Heart Into It workshop also offer eco-conscious tailored event planning services, customised hens parties, workshops for corporate and birthdays. As well as our popular catering service of intricately styled grazing tables of local and organic produce, wedding and event styling including floristry installations. If you can imagine it ask about it.
Put Your Heart Into it Studios are part of Big Bang Studios nestled on the banks of the Merri Creek: 1 / 177 Beavers Road Northcote. Drive to the very end of Beavers Road and you will come to a dead end near the Merri Creek. Come past the glass doors on the left, large black garage roller door, then past the red door. Enter left via the bark-mulched garden onto the deck and they are the second door along. Laura and the team will give you a hearty welcome.