It feels extra good to connect with creatives in our own backyard and that’s exactly what we did in our San Francisco East Bay class last November. Event planners, designers, and fellow creatives joined us at the new and upcoming Kinfolk Inspired Space (KIS for short) for two days of sketching, networking and creative introspection.
We were treated to a beautifully designed space by April Baytan Designs. April was inspired by her Filipino heritage and her beloved Grandmother. She incorporated vintage lace and velvet linens, with textured florals in a romantic palette of blush, taupe, ivory, and burgundy with pops of ripe mango. Pampas grass provided an element of soft movement in the arrangements, while orchids and garden roses gave an element of romance and decadence. Moreover, April’s design provided ample opportunity for our students to master the texture, floral, and draping lessons – a win-win all around!
These design elements provided skill honing opportunities throughout the two day class as Mary lead students from one-point perspective on day one to two-point perspective on day-two. Day two builds upon the texture lessons, draping lessons, and one-point perspective lesson and brings them all together in a much harder, yet more rewarding fashion in day two, that being two-point perspective. This perspective is much more true-to-life and the sketches created on day two are certainly worthy of a client presentation and styling for Instagram.
Not to be outdone, the sugar flowers and well-dressed draping adorning the cake, by Pretty Please Bakeshop, made their own remarkable statement. The cake stand was white ceramic with a simple gilded band, which sat upon a rattan buffet, creating a secondary focal point in the room for students to sketch.
Another thing we love about our local classes is how it allows us to invite our national sponsors to join us in class. One of those sponsors was Carey with The Idea Emporium, who not only created the delicately and delectably assembled menus, name cards, and invitation suite, she also gave our students a lesson in styling their sketches for social media. Students learned the behind the scenes tricks, tools, and rules that Carey uses to showcase her work in stunning fashion.
It was a marvelous two-days and we can’t wait to do it again. Our 2018 Tour has kicked off and is in full swing. Check out our list of tour stops to see if a class is coming to a city near you!
Host Designer/Florist: April Baytan Designs
Host Venue: Kinfolk Inspired Space
Photography: Jenny Soi Foto
Rentals: Found Rentals
Table Top Rentals: Frances Lane
Cake: Pretty Please Bakeshop
Calligraphy: Poppy Lettering & Design
Stationery: The Idea Emporium
Media: Modern Luxury Weddings California
Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen
Dress: Kinsley James Couture Bridal
MUAH: Chiyoko Beauty
Instructors : Mary Phan and Annie Matthew