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RockStar Florists Winner's Workshop

The rsf workshop crew

What would 7 of Australia's RockStar Florists with an unlimited flower budget create in a one-day workshop? Find out in this glamorous, behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 RockStar Florists winner's workshop.

The first of our biannual RockStar Florist competitions was recently signed off with a fun and creative Winner's Workshop on the Gold Coast in June 2017. Now we are excited to reveal a behind the scenes look at this highly successful day featuring our 3 category winners, Katelyn O'Donoghue, Kate Dawes / Julie Hendrie and Jess Mauger, plus our 3 rockstar judges, Holly, Mel & Julia-rose!

Workshop Showreel

To celebrate the first biannual RockStar Florists Competition, we bought together the three category winners, the three RockStar judges, and a literal truckload of seasonal flowers and foliage; setting the stage for the floral workshop to end all floral workshops. With the amazing Dust Temple Gallery as the backdrop, this group of floral RockStars spent the day making industry connections, sharing trade secrets, and creating absolute magic.

See what went down in each session below as captured by Cloud Catcher Studio and Yellowbull Media.

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Session 1 - Flowers To Decorate with Holly Hipwell

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We kicked things off with a floral installation masterclass with our RockStar judge Holly Hipwell, of The Flower Drum. Using a gorgeous selection of in-season blooms and branches including wedding flower staples like peonies, roses and king proteas, the florists worked together to create a stunning hanging installation suspended from exposed timber beams and flowing over the enormous handcrafted timber dining table.

Flowers To Decorate Session Credits: Flowers by Tesselaar Flowers, workshop run by Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum,  florals by (from left) Katelyn O'Donoghue of Charters Flowers, Jess Mauger of Jess Mauger Floral Design, Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum, Julia Hendrie and Kate Dawes of Kate Dawes Flower Design, Mel Stapleton of Cecilia Fox (not in photo) and Julia-Rose of Flowers by Julia-Rose (not in photo), event styling and presentation/thank you gifts by Champagne Dahlia.

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Session 2 - Flowers To Carry with Mel Stapleton

After an indulgent mexican feast care of local catering company Pop Taco, we commenced our second session of the day: Flowers To Carry with RockStar judge Mel Stapleton, of Cecilia Fox. With her signature style of using only focal flowers (no fillers!), Mel's masterclass saw the florists create flowing bouquets of orchids, tulips, roses, and other seasonal blooms, as well as floral garlands sewn with jewellers thread.

Flowers To Carry Session Credits: Flowers by Tesselaar Flowers, workshop run by Mel Stapleton of Cecilia Fox,  florals by (from left) Katelyn O'Donoghue of Charters Flowers, Kate Dawes of Kate Dawes Flower Design, Mel Stapleton of Cecilia Fox, Jess Mauger of Jess Mauger Floral Design, Julia Hendrie of Kate Dawes Flower Design, and Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum (not in photo), event styling and presentation/thank you gifts by Champagne Dahlia.

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Session 3 - Flowers To Wear with Julia-Rose

As the sun began to set over the Currumbin Valley, Julia-Rose of Flowers by Julia-Rose took lead on the final workshop session of the day: Flowers To Wear. Using the same technique as for a flower crown but on a MUCH larger scale, Julia-Rose and the category winning florists set to work creating a truly breathtaking flower scarf, worthy of a RockStar photoshoot complete with sequinned gowns and smoke machines.

Flowers To Wear Session Credits: Flowers by Tesselaar Flowers, workshop run by Julia-Rose of Flowers by Julia-Rose,  florals by (from left) Julia Hendrie of Kate Dawes Flower Design, Katelyn O'Donoghue of Charters Flowers, Julia-Rose of Flowers by Julia-Rose, Jess Mauger of Jess Mauger Floral Design, and Kate Dawes of Kate Dawes Flower Design, model Zoe Leung from One Life Models, gowns by Begitta and Hair & Makeup by Amy Spry Hair and Makeup, event styling and presentation/thank you gifts by Champagne Dahlia.

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