Françoise Weeks, born in Belgium, has infused her work with a quintessential European reverence for flowers and nature.
Combined with creativity and mechanical ingenuity, she has crystalized her singular style of Textural Woodlands and Botanical Haute Couture pieces, garnering a global following.
Françoise’s studio is located in Portland, Oregon. Her innovation and love of teaching have brought her to the Flower School Cohim in China, the Academy of Floral Art in Exeter, England, studios in the United States, Australia and Mexico, to wholesalers Mayesh, Koehler & Dramm and Florabundance, to the La Jolla, Memphis and Houston garden clubs and to AIFD Symposium in Seattle.
She also has presented at conferences in Orlando and Niagara Falls, at Bouquets to Art in San Francisco and at Art in Bloom in Raleigh.
Françoise also offers private classes and team building workshops, and for those who have no time to travel she offers online tutorials and skype classes.
Her generosity of knowledge and perspective in the use of floral materials, structure, and mechanics, in addition to the business of being a florist, unite to create rigorous and exciting learning opportunities for her students to explore all that nature has to offer.
Her dynamic work has been published in Nacre, Fusion Flowers, Modern Wedding Flowers, Huffington Post, Flutter and Millieu.|
What is Woodland Design?
Memories of vacations foraging in the forests of Switzerland led Françoise to innovate her trademark Woodland Texture design. Her home base in the Pacific Northwest provides ample inspiration and material for creative botanical sculpture. Françoise shares her passion for keenly observing nature along with deeply honed architectural skills in her popular Woodland Texture Workshop. You will learn how to see, source, scale and shape natural works of art. Françoise will impart the detail that goes into utilizing logs, bark, branches, mosses, mushrooms, seed pods, berries and few flowers in rich and textural compositions.
What is Botanical Couture?
Fashion has long been inspired by nature. In this specialized workshop, natural materials and floral arrangements take their inspiration from Haute Couture. Françoise is recognized for her innovations in wearable floral art and will emphasize her knowledge of the mechanics and material sourcing that are the springboard for stunning creativity.
You will learn to create:
• showstopping purses that will support your floral fantasies
• bespoke shoes for fashion shows, weddings or retail environments
• innovate jewelry with botanical materials; these adornments will stun at galas, weddings and on the catwalk
• dramatic headpieces created with unfailing mechanics and materials exploration that are key to these pieces of sculpture
• dresses for a showstopping window display, participating in competitions or even to wear for a special occasion