2018 workshops

I can’t believe this will be our fourth year of offering workshops in our Seattle based design studio. It feels just like yesterday that I nervously announced our first workshop, afraid that no one would come. Much to my surprise, every workshop sold out that first year, and they have continued to sell out year after year. It has been humbling and rewarding to have the opportunity to teach and guide each attendee and to be part of their creative story.

Universal Purpose…

Since we opened our studio for workshops, we have had attendees come from all across the globe… Australia, France, England, Portugal, Singapore, China, Korea, Japan, Mexico, and Canada, not to mention all of the people from all over the United States that have travelled far to get here, and those from our own back yard here in the Northwest. It doesn’t matter where each attendee has come from, or how well they speak English, or what their level of experience was… the common thread that brought us all together was a passion for bringing beauty into this world… the beauty of floral design and creating celebrations that will be remembered for a lifetime… and the beauty of dreaming big for your life, and believing in the power of those dreams.

Our Heart…

You see… our workshops are not just about the techniques and mechanics of floral design. Our purpose to is teach, encourage, inspire and empower people along their creative journey. Yes, we will absolutely teach you how to make our signature lush arrangements and bouquets, how to build and install an event, and how to design all of the details of a beautiful tablescape. But… we go far beyond that as we push you to define your dream and really identify what it is you want out of the creative journey you are on in addition to helping you figure out how to get to the next level of where you want to be.

One of a kind, hands on experience… 

I’ve had a lot of people ask if we would continue to do our workshops since we recently launched an online workshop. The answer has always been “YES!” I’m thankful we had the opportunity to launch an online course, but nothing replaces being in person with someone, building a real relationship, listening and having eye contact with someone as you speak with them face to face. I can show how I create bouquets in a video but walking you through the process in person while you have flowers in your hand, and offering constructive feedback of your work is a completely different experience. Nothing can ever truly replace a hands on, face to face experience. Our in person workshops are one of a kind.

The 2018 Schedule: 

This year we will be offering the following four workshops in our studio.

February 22nd- 24th “The Art of Floral Design Workshop”

March 22nd- 24th “The Art of Floral Design Workshop”

April 26th-28th “Event Design Workshop”

June 7th-9th   “Real Wedding Workshop”

Check out our  workshop website for complete descriptions of each of these courses and for more details including information on pricing and payment plans!

No experience necessary for any of these workshops! We’ll teach you everything you need to know!  

Registration for all of these workshops will open on Thursday November 15th!

We are offering early bird pricing through December 1st before increasing the rate of each workshop.

WORKSHOP SCHOLARSHIPS!!

Simply put… a lot of people just can’t afford the investment of a workshop. I was one of those people when I started my business… I didn’t have any money to my name. I wouldn’t be where I am today if a few people didn’t believe in me and lend me a helping hand. This is why I offer scholarships; it’s part of my way of giving back. I want to believe in someone’s dream and give them that extra help they may need so they can get closer to where they want to be.

This year we are continuing our scholarship program and offering 4 scholarships for 2018. The submissions will be done through Instagram. Please check our Instagram feed @sinclairandmoore on Thursday evening November 9th for details on how to enter a submission. Submissions will be accepted Thursday, November 9th through Monday, November 13th. Recipients will be announced on our blog on the evening of November 15.

Anyone is eligible to apply.

Big things to come! 

We have a lot of great things planned for our 2018 workshops and hope you will consider joining us! Remember to check out our Workshop Website for more detailed information, and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions to the e-mail provided on our site!

Photos taken of our April 2017 workshop by Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co. 

2017 Workshops!!

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This year we hosted seven workshops. People from all over the world came to learn underneath a canopy of chandeliers in our flower filled studio, as we taught how we do what we do. We worked together to create 5 detailed photo shoots, 3 dinner parties, 2 beautiful real weddings, and lots and lots of gorgeous flower arrangements.

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Something deeper and more profound happened at each workshop, and the learning went beyond the mechanics of arranging flowers and designing events. Don’t get me wrong… we spent a lot of time working on flowers. It’s just as we worked, we were able to have conversations that were more significant in meaning. We talked through our hopes, fears, dreams, what’s holding us back and where we ultimately want to go in life. People were vulnerable, opened up and I watched a transformation take place right before my eyes.

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Our workshops have become a retreat for people that want to feel re-inspired. Many people come feeling burnt out, uninspired, stuck and discouraged, but they leave believing in the beauty of their dreams. Yes, we will show you how we create our signature lush style, teach you how we put an event together, give you the list of all of our sources, talk strategic business planning and answer any question you might have. But we will do more than that. We will listen to your story. We will care about who you are as a person. We will hear your dreams, and then equip and empower you to have the confidence to believe those dreams can come to fruition. This is the heart and purpose behind our workshops.

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This next year we are offering 3 different courses:

The Art of Floral Design

The Elements of Event Design

A Real Wedding Workshop

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The Art of Floral Design

This is a hands on, action packed workshop created for the individual who wants to focus on floral design, and learn how to create beautiful arrangements. We will instruct on how to order and care for flowers in addition to teaching the mechanics behind how we build our signature lush and organic centerpieces, bouquets and arrangements. We will fill the studio with a sea of the freshest seasonal flowers available and spend each day doing hands on learning. We will also discuss sourcing beautiful product, ribbons, fabrics, vases, supplies and other materials. Additionally, each workshop will also talk through business strategy and how to grow your business through branding, social media and published work so you can land your ideal client and increase your revenue. Students will walk away with images of their work for portfolio and promotional use.

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The Elements of Event Design

A beautifully designed event goes beyond a pretty flower centerpiece, and involves layers of textures and elements to make that event come to life. We will explore all of those elements and reveal the steps we take to design a cohesive event from start to finish. Each student will have hands on experience with building centerpieces, bouquets and large scale event installations. Students will be divided into teams and will work together within that team to create a distinctive photo shoot that incorporates the different layers of event design. The photos from this photo shoot can be used to create a website, high end branding and a showcase portfolio. We will also discuss sourcing beautiful product, ribbons, fabrics, vases, supplies and other materials. Additionally, we will talk through business strategy and how to grow your business through branding, social media and published work so you can land your ideal client and increase your revenue.

(You can check out the extensive photo shoots from this year’s Event Design Course here, here, here, here and here.

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Real Wedding Workshop

This experience is for anyone who wants to go behind the scenes and be part of putting a real Sinclair & Moore wedding together. I will be teaching the different elements of event design, in addition to how we create our signature lush floral arrangements. Each student will have hands on experience with building centerpieces, bouquets and large scale event installations. Those arrangements will then be taken to the real wedding and we will work together as a team to install all of the design details, making the day extra special for a real couple. The photos from this wedding can be used to create a website, high end branding and a showcase portfolio. We will also discuss sourcing beautiful product, ribbons, fabrics, vases, supplies and other materials. Additionally, we will also talk through business strategy and how to grow your business through branding, social media and published work so you can land your ideal client and increase your revenue.

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Our doors are open to everyone. No experience is necessary! We have people of all ages, beliefs and backgrounds that come together over the common goal of learning from each other while creating something beautiful. We will make our studio a warm, inviting and safe place for you to create. If you are an experienced designer we will work with you to build on the skill-set you already have. If you have never touched flowers before in your life, that’s ok! We’ll teach you everything you need to know and you’ll walk away designing like a pro!

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Dates:

We will be teaching 5 workshop sessions this year. You will be able to choose from the following:

A Real Wedding Workshop

February 16-18

 

The Art of Floral Design 

March 23-25

 

The Art of Floral Design 

April 11-13th

 

The Elements of Event Design

May 18th– 20th

 

A Real Wedding Workshop

September 8-10th

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Investment

Through December 12th we are offering early bird pricing, and workshops are priced at a discounted rate from our standard workshop pricing. The Art of Floral Design and Real Wedding Workshops will be offered at $2,750. The Elements of Event Design Workshop will be offered at $3,500. This workshop is more expensive because of the additional costs of the extensive photo shoots we will be putting together. You will have the option to pay in full at the time of registration or you can choose the payment plan by reserving your seat with a $750 deposit for the Floral Design and Real Wedding workshops, and a $1,500 deposit for the Event Design Workshop. The remaining balance for all workshops will then be paid in two $1,000 installments before the start of workshop.

After December 12th, the cost of each workshop will increase by $250. Early registration is advised!

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Scholarships

We are offering 4 scholarships this year; 1 scholarship for each of the floral design and real wedding workshops. We are simplifying the application process this year, and submissions will be entered through an Instagram post. Make sure to check my Instagram account on Friday November 11th for all of the details! Submissions will be accepted from Friday November 11th through Tuesday November 15th, and recipients will be announced on the evening of November 16th.

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Registration

Registration for our workshops will open on Thursday morning, November 17th! We keep our workshops small and intimate, so we are encouraging early registration.

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Important Dates

Make sure to mark your calendar for these important dates coming up over the next couple of weeks:

November 7th           Announcement of 2016 workshop details

November 11th           Scholarship information posted on Instagram and submissions accepted

November 15th          Last day to submit an entry for a scholarship

November 16th          Scholarship recipients announced

November 17th          Workshop registration opens at early bird pricing

December 13th           Early Bird pricing ends and workshop fee increases $250 per session

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More information and details for the workshops will be posted later this week, so make sure to check back soon for complete information. We are looking forward to 2017 and meeting all of the people who will become part of the Sinclair & Moore workshop family.

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Katie Parra

Maria Lamb 

The O’Malley Photographers

Matthew Land Studios

 

 

The Wedding Planners’ Gathering

I am passionate about teaching other people how we do what we do. I’ll never forget how lost I felt when I first started this company. Sometimes I would go to floral shops on Fridays to see if they were working on a wedding, hoping to get a look at their designs and how they prepared for a wedding. Looking back, those women probably thought it was so weird I would come by every week pretending to be shopping for flowers.

This week for Wedding Wednesday, we are showing two parts: I’ve collaged images from a real wedding in addition to including some behind the scenes images in our studio during preparation for the wedding. Hopefully this glimpse into studio production will help to show some of you how we work, how we build our centerpieces and how we set up the studio for efficiency. Pictures are worth more than a thousand words, and many of the studio images will teach you how we operate behind the scenes.

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Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 41 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 28 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 29 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 42The Wedding Planners’ Gathering is an online learning opportunity that makes learning affordable. 10 instructors have collaborated to each make a 1 hour video covering a multitude of topics. My video is teaching how we create our lush and organic centerpieces in a compote bowl, much like the centerpieces I created for this wedding.Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 30 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 31 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 32 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 33 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 34 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 35 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 36 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 37 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 38If you are interested in learning from 10 talented instructors, and see the video of how I arrange centerpieces definitely make sure to stop by and check out The Wedding Planners’ Gathering. There is currently an early bird discount for the next couple of days, and the online course is being offered at only $249! We are hoping this makes learning affordable, and the workshop experience for accessible for people.

Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions at all! Looking forward to teaching some of you through this online course!!

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wedding images:  Erich McVey

studio images: Matthew Land