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Wednesday…with the Weekend Workshop

March 16, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - colour - My Home - Spring - The Shed - workshops

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At the weekend I ran a couple of workshops looking into flat lay arrangements, particularly with the use of colour…

I love using colour, texture and shape within my arrangements and it was a lot of fun getting people to order domestic colour as well as colour in nature; building a sort of palette, noticing and acknowledging how everything makes you feel, and then incorporating those elements into compositions…

I like to notice details and differences of colour and get my participants to go on a sort of colour treasure hunt around my home, garden and shed; choosing things which we can categorise into colour groups. I also enjoy emptying my cupboards to find natural textures and colours to compliment domestic objects…

Ordering the ‘ingredients’ and then studying small details and shapes before pushing it aside and working on a piece is also an important part of the visual journeying.

It’s always brilliant working with the participants choices and observations and I love the challenge of working with whatever they come up with…

I gave a demonstration on Saturday afternoon of how I tend to build a composition…working with what surprises me and what might suddenly take my eye, rather than any intricate planning. ( it’s the aqua composition with a hint of orange which you can see half way through this post.)

On the Saturday, jeweller Fiona Hutchinson  ( and she’s also on instagram here ) brought along some pieces of her jewellery to work with in the afternoon, and origami artist Coco brought a bagful of her delicate origami to her one-to-one on Sunday…and my cat decided just before lunch on Saturday that he would make a guest appearance on the table too…

So, here are a selection of images from both days, which illustrate some of the process we worked with as well as some finished compositions…

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If you would like to attend a workshop, please e-mail me at: 5ftinf@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list, as well as checking for new dates of my Workshop Page here 

I’ll also be talking mobile photography and how I work at The Photography Show this Saturday with Mollie Makes, or if you’re in London over the next couple of days I will be in the Makers Market Event at West Elm on Wednesday evening 6:30 – 9pm or Thursday 10am – 8pm

Wednesday…with Brighton Museum inspiration

February 17, 2016

Filed Under : Brighton - trips - workshops

Photo 17-02-2016, 08 31 59This week I was asked to visit Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to help bring out the creative inner Instagrammer of some of the people who work there or who are connected with the museum, as well as the other Brighton museums including Hove Museum and The Booth Museum

I’ve always loved the museums and art galleries in Brighton and regularly visited when my son was younger, ( even though some of the exhibits sometimes frightened him ) but I love museums particularly because they house collections and also because they are often architecturally beautiful and with many amazing details inside…

Brighton Museum also hosts brilliant temporary exhibitions and there is an exhibition opening in April called Fashion Cities Africa which will explore practices of dress, fashion and styling in 4 African cities.

This week we were working in the ‘Reference Library’ which is an amazing room and which has a sort of miscellaneous selection of collections and is a space usually used for working and getting things prepared for various exhibitions and events…

I love arranging and abstracting objects and colours and I also love pushing my creative eye into areas which are out of my comfort zone , so using strange taxidermy creatures, antique coral and giant clam shells was certainly a challenge, but you never know how and what is going to inspire something, either in that moment or in the future, and exploring museums and their curated objects is definitely high on my list of places to visit to get my creative mojo going, and living in Brighton myself, I feel very lucky to have these extraordinary places to visit on my doorstep.

So, above is a table composition inspired by displayed collections and below are some of the results and observations of the Brighton museum morning…
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Monday…with an ikebana workshop

February 8, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - ikebana - Winter - workshops

Photo 08-02-2016, 08 52 13 I ran an ikebana workshop at the Arlo & Jacob showroom in Putney, London on Saturday…

It was the first time I’d run a workshop like this so I was really pleased with the incredible results  the participants created.

I was also so engrossed that I didn’t take many photos at all, but Emma Herian from Sew Recycled did, so thankfully you’ll get a sense of what the morning was like…( I’ve put her name under when her photos appear! )Photo 06-02-2016, 14 23 34Photo 08-02-2016, 13 26 20( photo above by Emma Herian )Photo 06-02-2016, 14 08 21Photo 06-02-2016, 14 12 29Photo 08-02-2016, 13 30 15( photo above by Emma Herian )Photo 06-02-2016, 14 28 56 Photo 06-02-2016, 12 37 55 Photo 06-02-2016, 13 55 43 Photo 07-02-2016, 11 43 46( photo above by Emma Herian )Photo 06-02-2016, 14 22 40Photo 06-02-2016, 14 24 00Photo 08-02-2016, 13 29 36( photos above and below by Emma Herian )Photo 07-02-2016, 11 40 10A large part of the workshop involved the arrangements being carried around to various areas of Arlo & Jacob so that we could experiment with light and textures which worked well for the display; something that is just as important as the piece itself, so here are a few photos taken by the participants themselves of the arrangements they created…

( below by @suselladeville )Photo 08-02-2016, 13 58 00( below by @alexis.allan )Photo 08-02-2016, 13 58 16( below by @ikebana_jen )Photo 08-02-2016, 13 58 27( below by @dinopi )Photo 08-02-2016, 13 58 37( below by @Sussie Bell )Photo 08-02-2016, 13 58 44Photo 07-02-2016, 11 38 14Photo 06-02-2016, 14 11 59After we had worked on the moribana ikebana arrangements, I demonstrated a flat lay ikebana…something I’ve sort of invented using some of the ikebana principles and with a free style, combining the arrangement of plant material with the arrangement of domestic material and then framing it within a photograph…Photo 08-02-2016, 13 27 35Photo 06-02-2016, 13 27 52

This is a bit of a new passion for me so it was great to share it for the first time and something I’m making into a daily ritual as it’s a wonderful form of simple, uncluttered creative concentration.

I’ll hopefully be running more of these ikebana workshops this year so keep looking at the workshop dates page here in case you miss an announcement and would like to come.

( there’s also a lovely blog piece by one of this class’s participants here )

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Friday…with Flat lay Ikebana

January 29, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - cycling - ikebana - Winter - workshops

Photo 28-01-2016, 13 43 11 Yesterday I was chasing green fields and the blue sky on my bike for a series of photographs I’m working on at the moment…

I was wanting a rose against some blue sky and as the head had already accidentally come off one of the roses I placed it in an empty spindleberry tree which immediately made me think that it looked like a piece of natural ikebana…Photo 28-01-2016, 13 45 52So today I decided to create a sort of flat lay ikebana reflecting something of the inspiration from yesterday…
Photo 29-01-2016, 12 50 11 here are the stages of the arrangement…Photo 29-01-2016, 12 52 47 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 52 53 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 53 08 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 53 18 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 54 09 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 55 31 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 56 15 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 58 26 Photo 29-01-2016, 12 59 41

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( that’s Himalayan rock salt by the way… )Photo 29-01-2016, 12 42 20Photo 29-01-2016, 12 44 01 (1)You can join me at a workshop in London next week where we’ll be looking at ikebana style arranging as well as some of this flat lay ikebana ( you can book tickets for it on my eventcube page  here )Photo 29-01-2016, 12 49 35

Wednesday…with frosty Ikebana

January 20, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - cycling - ikebana - My Garden - My Home - Spring - Winter - workshops

Photo 20-01-2016, 11 10 47The snow from the weekend has melted, but the frost has set in this week, which is something I don’t mind at all if it doesn’t kill the echiums and the sun is shining…I love how the whites of snow and frost are actually often some sort of blue depending on the light…
Photo 20-01-2016, 08 35 53 (1) I cycled up to the Ditchling Beacon this morning and although I’ve done it loads of times this morning was so beautiful in it’s coldness…Photo 20-01-2016, 08 41 31 Photo 20-01-2016, 08 41 59 ( this is me looking like a Victorian postman on some sort of penny farthing! )Photo 20-01-2016, 08 42 45 Photo 20-01-2016, 08 43 48 Photo 20-01-2016, 08 35 36 I cycled on to Stanmer Park nearby as it was all too nice to rush back the normal route…Photo 20-01-2016, 09 08 18 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 08 32 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 08 50 (1) Photo 20-01-2016, 09 09 22 When I got back I felt really inspired by how I found it so beautiful even though there’s a lack of bright colour at the moment…just loads of twigs, blueness and a sense of structure…

So, it’s actually a perfect time of year for an Ikebana arrangement as there’s so much form and simplicity out there at the moment, with just those little pops of otherness…
Photo 20-01-2016, 09 45 29 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 45 49 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 46 50 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 47 15 I wanted the arrangement to reflect my bike ride in some way, so went into my garden to try and find things which I thought may be able to capture some sense of that…Photo 20-01-2016, 09 51 25 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 52 10 Photo 20-01-2016, 09 53 25 ( I also had a little black and white experiment inspired by Karl Blossfeld…this is a direct link, but if you Google him with ‘images’ you’ll get his incredible photos en masse! )Photo 20-01-2016, 09 54 48 Choosing the ikebana vessel is important…Holly Bell made me these 2 light ones for Christmas, and I wanted to use them, but I thought this arrangement would probably work better with a larger base…Photo 20-01-2016, 10 30 33 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 37 50 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 39 33 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 39 56 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 40 13 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 41 34 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 41 59 You have to start somewhere, and I love this common hogweed seed head which I’d picked even though it was the last one left…Photo 20-01-2016, 10 44 34 but it didn’t really work…

I wanted to reflect the landscape more…

Photo 20-01-2016, 08 44 27…so it disappeared!Photo 20-01-2016, 10 46 09 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 48 36 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 49 49 Photo 20-01-2016, 10 52 03 I wanted to create a sense of the cycling; the wind in my face, everything going past so quickly and glances into the hedgerows…Photo 20-01-2016, 11 06 32 …and I just added a hint of Spring as it was definitely lurking out there this morning even in an underground sort of way…Photo 20-01-2016, 11 08 51 …and these are the leftovers!Photo 20-01-2016, 11 12 21

I’ll be running a short Ikebana style workshop in a couple of weekends time at Arlo & Jacob in London, in which I’ll demonstrate and also give some firm ideas and starting points on how to create your own arrangements similar to this one…a sort of story telling though simplicity and the frugal sense of season, with a definite sense of place and relevance .

There’s more information about here and in a blog post here, and if you’d like to book a place you’ll be able to here.

I’ll be bringing all the ikebana ceramics, flowers and twigs, and there’ll be free coffee, cake… and popcorn ( I’m obsessed with popcorn at the moment! ) and we’ll be able to look at the photography aspect too once you’ve created your pieces.

( You can see a Steller story here which has lots of pictures of the space where the workshop will be held )

New Workshop Dates for 2016…( + a 25% shop discount! )

January 9, 2016

Filed Under : Art - ikebana - Shop Discounts - synaesthesia - workshops

Photo 29-06-2015 16 02 45Over the last week, I’ve been putting dates and ideas together for new workshops for 2016. I have 4 workshops now available at www.5ftinf.eventcube.io , 2 of them are my flat lay and colour based workshops, but I’ve also decided that I’ll start running a few synaesthesia painting workshops along with the more floral/photographic based ones, as painting is basically where I started ( you can see some of my work here www.philippastanton.com ). The first one of these will be on 27th February.

1.Synaesthesia workshop 2016

My signature style workshops will happen at home in Brighton over the year, and the first two will take place in March, ( these March workshop tickets are now on sale ). There will also be some retreat workshops during the Summer and Autumn and which I will be able to release tickets for next month.

March Workshop 2016

The first workshop of the year though, will take place at the Arlo & Jacob showroom in London ( a fantastic former ice cream factory! ) on Saturday February 6th and will be a sort of taster of how we can create Japanese Ikebana style arrangements using seasonal flowers, sticks, ceramics as well as vintage props to help with the photographic element.

ikebana Workshop 2016

I visited Arlo & Jacob last year, so here are a few photos of the beautiful, light and very comfortable space…

IMG_5752 This will be a workshop where you’ll feel encouraged to play with shapes and space, but also take time to quietly reflect on how the process of arranging can be a grounding and meditative process…

( you can see my ikebana Pinterest board here )IMG_5758 IMG_5745 IMG_5764 IMG_5747 IMG_5733 IMG_5771 IMG_5750

I love the Japanese concept of wabi sabi, so I’ll be trying to encourage you to love and incorporate accidents, and work with what nature gives rather than what you want it to do…

( you can also have a look at my wabi sabi Pinterest board here )

I’m really looking forward to working within the Japanese style with people, as it’s something that is very important to me and my work…and also as my Granny qualified as an Ikebana practitioner in the 1960’s and we will be using some of her original ceramics.

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You can find more details about my workshops here and please feel free to e-mail me at 5ftinf@gmail.com if you have any questions about anything…really looking forward to meeting more of you this year!
Photo 11-01-2016, 13 25 07Also I’m just starting a January sale in my shop, with Checkout code: 5FTINFJANSALE which will give you 25% off when you order 2 or more calendars. I don’t have a huge quantity of the calendars left, so this discount will run until they have all been sold.

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Monday…with Workshop catch up

December 7, 2015

Filed Under : Arrangements - ikebana - My Home - Winter - workshops

Photo 07-12-2015, 11 51 24 I ran 2 Christmas workshops at my home in Brighton over the weekend, where we created Ikebana style arrangements in the morning and then after lunch Christmas wreaths…the pictures below show the arrangements which people created as well as moss-covered table workings of the wreath making…all overseen of course, by Cheeko who loved the attention he got!Photo 05-12-2015, 09 32 27 Photo 06-12-2015, 09 26 18 Photo 04-12-2015, 10 01 41 Photo 04-12-2015, 16 20 02 Photo 05-12-2015, 17 32 02 Photo 06-12-2015, 08 51 15 Photo 06-12-2015, 11 36 06 Photo 06-12-2015, 08 53 10 Photo 06-12-2015, 08 53 34 Photo 05-12-2015, 12 17 01 Photo 05-12-2015, 12 26 54 Photo 06-12-2015, 11 01 48 (1) Photo 06-12-2015, 12 10 28 Photo 06-12-2015, 12 14 15 Photo 06-12-2015, 12 16 29 Photo 06-12-2015, 12 20 39 Photo 06-12-2015, 11 55 08 Photo 05-12-2015, 13 28 52 Photo 05-12-2015, 15 00 50 Photo 05-12-2015, 15 28 47 Photo 06-12-2015, 12 09 24 Photo 06-12-2015, 14 14 27 Photo 06-12-2015, 14 14 47 Photo 06-12-2015, 14 15 06 Photo 06-12-2015, 14 15 16 Photo 06-12-2015, 15 11 57 Photo 06-12-2015, 15 22 21 Photo 06-12-2015, 15 46 37 (1) Photo 07-12-2015, 11 47 43 Photo 06-12-2015, 16 06 32 Photo 06-12-2015, 17 56 47 Photo 07-12-2015, 11 43 25

There’ll be more workshop dates for 2016 announced in the New Year, and there are a couple of places left at my wreath making workshop at The Queen of Hoxton next weekend ( you can book for that here if you fancy coming )