I have been desperate to learn the art of millinery flower making for a few years now. All my research indicated that only a few masters in Europe taught this old craft. Determined to learn, I started to acquire vintage tools and try to intuitively piece together the art of flower making. Well, I have been most unsuccessful on my own.
But lucky for me, I stumbled upon a flower making workshop here in my own backyard! This class is taught by the generous and supremely talented Lisa Ormiston. www.lisaormiston.com. What a fantastic workshop that is intimate and completely hands on. And Lisa is so delightful to be around! She simply radiates optimism and creativity!!
My one and only silk flower (started and completed with Lisa's patient guidance) took about 4-5 hours to complete. Each petal is pre-treated, hand painted, iron shaped and formed into a flower.
As is my nature, I diverged quite a bit from the lesson plan, hell bent on doing something non-tradition. And with experiments come "interesting" results. Here it is:
These are my antique flower making tools that will finally get some use now that I know HOW to use them PROPERLY! (They look like torture devices, no?)
Now feast your eyes on this! Shelves of vintage hat forms in a lovely little corner of Deanna Gibbons awesome millinery studio. Deanna Gibbons is hat maker extraordinaire and the workshops take place in her studio in San Francisco.