Growing up, I didn’t go to summer camp…at least I don’t remember doing so. (Mom, correct me if I’m wrong.) But, if I had, I know that I would have been drawn to any and all activities that were of an artsy nature or required working with my hands. When I learned through Instagram that there was a camp for adults, I was intrigued. I kept a close eye on the CAMP (Creating, Art, Meaning, Purpose) website and was thrilled when I saw a flower styling workshop was being offered here in Atlanta. When we arrived at the studio, we were greeted with a unique, empty vessel in which to create our masterpiece.
Our instructor, Ashley Woodson Bailey, shared her journey of transitioning from being a floral designer for weddings and other large events to a designer of fine art prints. It was awesome to watch her slowly build her arrangement, stepping back from time to time to make adjustments. The focus and dedication with which she worked was inspiring and characteristic of other great artists.
After taking in some pointers, it was time for us to get to work! Many of the women in the workshop were already experienced floral designers, which was a bit intimidating; I had to resist looking to my right or across the table to compare my project to theirs. A gentle reminder to myself that we were all on our own journey was all I needed to turn my attention back to my own workspace. Plus, like a true camp counselor, Ashley was there to lend a helping hand when asked…such as when I needed some advice on how to fill a gap in my arrangement. Even though I still need some practice, I was quite pleased with how my arrangement turned out!
Have you had a chance to play a little this summer? Tell me about it in the comments below!