The success of McQueens Flower School is measured by the success of our students, so we were thrilled to accept an invitation from former McQueens student Kate Norris who has recently started a florist business in Los Angeles. Kate studied at McQueens on a four-week vocational course after she decided on a creative change of career from her previous role, working as a lawyer. On completion of the course, she continued to expand her skills with work experience assignments at our HQ in Bethnal Green. She wanted to understand more about the basics of the business and further her skills with practical experience. We have been so impressed with Kate’s commitment and passion for flowers, and have been following her progress on Instagram as she forged her way in the world in the floral business with Foxglove & Folly. Tutors Duncan McCabe and Emily Mathison were part of the McQueens Vanity Fair party team led by McQueens founder Kally Ellis, and the class was a wonderful finale to their Stateside trip. Foxglove & Folly is based in Hollywood in a converted studio once used as a film set for Charlie Chaplin. The business has an online shop, selling gorgeous gifts and a plan to focus on events and corporate design. It’s early days but Kate has certainly generated a great deal of interest and has the commitment and passion you need to succeed.
An amazing time was had meeting a talented group of students who came from all over the USA and we even had a couple of students fly in from Canada. One of the best things about teaching is learning more about our students and finding out where their passion for flowers began; it was clear from the start that we amongst friends who loved the experience of being immersed in flowers.
After an introduction to McQueens style and philosophy, we demonstrated the construction of a gorgeous gardens-style white bouquet of black-centred anemone, lilac, ammi, rose and olive foliage, and of course, there was an opportunity to chat to the students about their love of flowers as they made their bouquet. In the afternoon we created an elaborate tablescape using masses of roses from delicate sandy shades through to pale peach, pink and vivid orange. The table was completed with fragrant stock and orange ranunculus. The studio was filled with colour and laughter and it was a joy seeing our friend Kate again, make a group of new friends and it added to a remarkable experience in Los Angeles.