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Symposium Registration will open February/March 2017 –
Stay tuned for more details!

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Click here to visit the Symposium Facebook page!

A Look at the Designers

“Xpose the Extraordinary Magic Within” Featuring the floral artistry of Phil Rulloda AIFD, CFD, AAF, PFCI
Instinct. Intuition. The intelligence of the subconscious. Learning to harness the magical energy of the inner spirit and bringing it forward in artistic expressions via flowers can create one of the most rewarding experiences as a designer. Phil will explore myriad inspirations; people, places, prose… which can form an impetus to react and rejoice with soulful expressions. Maturing as a designer means gaining more consciousness of the different layers of awareness in a composition. The subtleties, the nuances of more thoughtfully executed elements can and will move a floral composition from pedestrian to artful with many possible outcomes in between those extremes. Listening, not just to the clients, but to the flowers, to the accessories, to the inspirations… and to your inner instincts brings both earthly and spiritual rewards. “When you work in the service of others, you will receive the ecstasy and exultation of the spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.

“Materialistic” Featuring Donald Yim AIFD, CFD
Emerge from this fast changing world! Leave all the common perceptions behind, sit back and open your mind for a thorough understanding on different aspects of every little materials surrounding us. Join us and amaze yourself by scrutinizing how these aspects influence the styles and characters of your work!

“Xcel With Armatures” Featuring Aniko Kovaks AIFD, CFD and Ania Norwood AIFD, CFD
Distinguish structures and constructions within design through the examination of both – functional and decorative. Experience prescient and progressive European influenced designs, inspired by nature and life, enabling you to bring new ideas to your creations through different techniques while respecting the elements and principals of design. Let us also entertain you with an amazing journey of bouquet inspirations shown by the next generation of floral friends.

“Xceptional Color and Texture Trends in Weddings” Featuring Brooke Raulerson AIFD, CFD
In the wedding world, there are so many possibilities for couples. Styles, colors, textures and flower varieties are so plentiful that options and choices become difficult. In this program, we will discover the beauty of not only floral designs trending for today’s weddings but the unique and extreme combinations that create the personalities and interests of today’s weddings. Xtreme Xcitement with texture and colors!

“Side X Side: The Northwest Experience” Featuring Erik Witcraft AIFD, CFD and Frank Blanchard CFD (& 2017 AIFD Inductee)
What is it that makes the Northwest so special? Erik and Frank are going to show you! They are both born and raised Washingtonians who grew up outdoors climbing trees, living in this beautiful corner they call home where they live the northwest style every day! Erik and Frank are going to give their take on the bounty of the Northwest region and floral style.

“Xuberant! Minimalism” Featuring Natasha Lisitsa and Daniel Schultz
A wife and husband team, Natasha and Daniel showcase the creative process behind their design style, Xuberant! Minimalism. Natasha’s floral palate tells a lush, vivacious, and textural story, while Daniel’s unique construction techniques and structured forms highlight the essence of materials. A dynamic program of floral artworks inspired by modern art and architecture will illustrate this Xuberant! combination.


Sneak Peak at the Schedule

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – PFDE
Friday, June 30, 2017 – Evaluations / National Board Meeting / Student Meetings
Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Student Competition / Committee Meetings / Opening Reception
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – Chapter Meetings / Partners Expo
Monday, July 3, 2017 – Main Stage Programs / Partners Expo / Induction & Dinner
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 – Main Stage Programs
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – Main Stage Programs / Final Night Gala
Thursday, July 6, 2017 – AIFD Foundation Workshop


Hotel Information

Sheraton Seattle Hotel
1400 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
*All guests who stay at the hotel in the AIFD room block will get FREE wi-fi in their guest rooms!

Click here to make a reservation online or call 888-627-7056 (reference: AIFD)

$167+tax for a single/double guest room

Reservations must be made by June 7, 2017 – No guarantee that rooms will not sell out before this date!

PLEASE NOTE: Most programs will take place across the street at: Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike St., Seattle, WA 98101


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