President’s Message

Hi and Hello from the AIFD NW Flower Family.

The daffodils are crowning their soil beds and the tree blossoms are starting to peek through on each delicate branch. New life emerges and Spring is in the air here in the Northwest.

In late January our region held a wedding and event design demonstration and hands on class at Denver Wholesale Floral in Kent WA featuring our very own National President Anthony Vigliotta AIFD. Anthony taught our eager attendees on the design techniques to create a composite bouquet, cuff bracelet, and European Inspired hand tied design. The designers were encouraged to play with their preferred final looks and It was so inspiring to watch each piece shine in it’s own creative and unique light. During the evening demonstration Anthony took us through a journey of evolution. Each piece showcased how it could be transformed to take it to the next level and over the top to help our audience designers set themselves apart in their wedding and event work. We want to thank our wonderful sponsors and hosts of DWF Wholesale, Smithers’s Oasis, and Accent Décor. Last week our region had the wonderful honor and pleasure to participate in the annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show by hosting an educational booth and design display at the WA State Convention Center in Seattle. Our booth featured vibrant color themes of Orange and Hot Pink and incorporated the NWFGS Theme of “Taste of Spring” as our designs were accented  with fresh fruits and veggies. Our Atrium piece was a whirlwind display celebrating many different flowers in all their varied and unique forms. Many of our local AIFD NW Members and I were busy bees interacting with and educating the public about AIFD and Seattle Symposium X. We created floral fashions onsite to hand out and preformed leaf manipulations and bouquet demonstrations for our visitors. The bling blossoms were a big hit! The show was attended in the thousands and we reached hundreds of folks who are of similar interest and are planning to attend symposium as well as becoming PDFE Candidates. There were many popular questions from What is AIFD? to How did you dye that cauliflower or is it real? from What type of flower is that? to Is AIFD testing hard? but the most trending question we received was do you give classes? When and where? This is a strong win for AIFD and Seattle Symposium X as it lets us know there is still an ever-growing thirst and hunger for floral design education! Our vibrant week was filled with flowers, friends, and fun! It took many hands and hearts to bring forth this special project in collaboration and support. We send our sincerest gratitude and thanks to to AIFD National, AIFD NW Regional member volunteers , DWF Wholesale, WA Floral Wholesale, Green Point Nursery, Fitz Designs, Smithers’s Oasis, UCI Containers, and Accent Décor.  Up next and Coming very soon our region will host international designer Leopoldo Gomez at  the City College of San Francisco CA April 22nd-23rd 2017 in the Horticulture Floral department. Leopoldo will teach and inspire us with floral Interiorism and techniques to create multi use pieces our customers can enjoy again and again. To save your spot and pre register for this event please contact our Program Chairperson Emil Yanos AIFD 1 (415) 648-7552 eyanos@aol.com. Our region’s Seattle Symposium X T-Shirts are selling quickly so don’t be late to sport and wear this very important date.

We have varied sizes available in women’s and men’s T’s. Watch our Facebook page for ordering forms as well as pics of this special attire. Contact Nita Robertson AIFD to place your orders: santacruzfloral@yahoo.com 831-458-9232. Order your T before the X. Some other new and exciting Springtime events are planned for our fans and members. Please watch our AIFD-NW Region Facebook page for upcoming wholesale design programs, back to class offerings at our partner colleges and schools and similar industry events like the Maple Leaf Cup. From Vancouver BC Canada to San Jose CA the new and fresh is emerging in the AIFD NW Floral Industry. I would like to congratulate and commend one of our local partners, Travis Rigby of Florists Review Magazine, for their brand new look and brand new content. I am so excited to open it each month and I am sending many congrats to our local members who have been featured recently such as Jon Robert Throne AIFD, Greg Lum AIFD, and the Floral Design Institute team. Cheers and congrats to all and can’t wait to see all the new works and writings in next month’s issue! Registration for Seattle Symposium X is live and on the aifd.org website. The word is out and the AIFD NW Region is hosting a Sleepless in Seattle Slumber Party on July 2nd! We invite one and all to come kick off your Xciting symposium Xperience. Meet with friends while we dance the night away and take advantage of Symposium insomnia. Come Dressed in your most comfy and cozy pajamas. There will be a prize for the prettiest PJ’S and although we are a colorful bunch that encourages creativity please keep sleepwear options fun but Tasteful.  Speaking of new news, Have you seen the Brand New Seattle Symposium X Teaser video. We are so proud to have many NW regional members presenting  this year. Congratulations to David Kessler AIFD, Erik Witcraft AIFD, Frank Blanchard CFD, Aniko Kovacs AIFD, Donald Yim AIFD, Jon Robert Throne AIFD, and Louisa Lam AIFD. Please know that we are behind you all the way and are so Xcited to see you on the big stage soon! From me and the AIFD NW Flower Family, Cheers to Spring and fresh new beginnings!

 

Sharrai Morgan AIFD, CFD
Northwest Regional Chapter President 2016-2017

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