- Words: Nathalie Holbrook
- Photography: Jacek Hübner
- January, 2020
One of the gifts of the winter season is the chance to be creative in just so many ways. Outdoors is dark and often quite soggy and cold so we look inwards, seeking ways to feed and relax our soul to renew ourselves for the excitement of spring, which is always just around the corner. Many of us pull out all the stops with the food through the festive season, everyone contributing their own recipe and style creating a bit of a feast come Christmas. But one of things I truly love is the festive trimming of the home, a chance to tidy away and sort through the baggage of the year, and the opportunity to really care for your home and to thank it for supporting you through life. It isn't just about the tree, it's the space around the tree in which you unwind; celebrate what's past and embrace the new year coming, the space you share with friends and loved ones and the time you spend there alone.
It's also an opportunity to work with the fruits of the season, to let your mind run with possibility gathering up branches, cones, grasses and all the offerings of winter. There's something special about bringing the outdoors in to decorate your home and one of our absolute favourites is the garlands and of course the festive wreaths to adorn the door and walls.
This year we held a series of floral workshops in the lifestyle store including the festive dried flower wreath making workshop where participants worked onto a handwoven willow base to create beautiful, textured, symmetrical and asymmetrical works ranging from deep elegant rustic tones to joyful wild flower and delicate pale whites. The imagination was endless and creativity, passion and skill inspiring. We were so proud of each and every participants creation and deeply honoured to have hosted such inspiring individuals. Wreath making doesn't just have to be for Christmas and the dried flower wreath has a beautiful way of celebrating the season as a whole. We hope you enjoy this seasonal wreath class journal, and fall in love with the textures, imagination and style as much as we did.
Wishes for a wonderful start to 2020, and a wee reminder to keep an eye out on our workshop page and our social media for the new programme to be announced very soon. Nathalie and Jacek xx