Summer Showstoppers: Floristry with Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht and Arthur Williams - ONLINE
Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht, head judge of Netflixs The Big Flower Fight, and Arthur Williams, owner of Babylon Floral Design, join forces for a fierce and fabulous evening of virtual floral arranging. The Seattle-based Griffith-VanderYacht and Denver-based Williams showcase their unique signature styles using the same foundational materials to highlight the versatility of working with fresh plant materials. Viewers of the live, online program follow along with the designers and can ask questions about the artists techniques, tips and tricks.
We look forward to celebrating Denvers Pride weekend with stunning floral arrangements created by internationally-acclaimed LGBTQ+ designers.
This program is a design demonstration and takes place online through Vimeo. Following the demonstration, you will receive two-week access to a video recording of the presentation, and a list of Kristen's and Arthurs materials will be provided along with recommended floral shops. Details on how to join the online program will be emailed the day prior.
Price: $25, $20 member
Instructors: Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht and Arthur Williams, AIFD, EMC.
Prior to becoming the head judge on the new Netflix series The Big Flower Fight, Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht specialized in the creation of unique floral arrangements that celebrate enchanting flowers and natural beauty. Kristen is the owner and creative director of Wild Bloom by Kristen Griffith-VanderYacht. His career began in New York City, where he worked for some of the top designers in the industry. Since opening his own studio, his flowers have been in major publications across the U.S., including Martha Stewart Weddings, Traditional Home Magazine and The Knot, and seen on Good Morning America and E! Network. His flowers for actress Julianne Hough were featured on the front cover of People Magazine.
Kristen describes his design philosophy as a combination of editorial with a sensibility for distinctive and organic perspectives. He has an exquisite and rich design eye which has helped to transform the role that florals play in weddings and events. In addition to his extensive portfolio, his studio also provides private classes and workshops for emerging floral artists and enthusiasts. Kristen views floristry as a gateway to a happier, more sustainable life that focuses on bridging the gap between nature and modern living. He continues his work toward elevating the artistry of floral design as a fine art while expanding his design portfolio to include gardening, house plants and home decor.
Wild Bloom by Kristen Griffith-VanderYachts design services are available worldwide for weddings, events, workshops, private classes, advertising campaigns, product shoots and fashion featured in print and digital publications.
Arthur Williams AIFD, EMC, CFD, CPF is known for his floral headdresses and the use of natural tension in his work. With a background in gardening, sculpture and photography, he entered the floral industry in 1996 and opened his own business, Babylon Floral Design, Inc., in 2004. One of the first seven people in Colorado to become a certified professional florist, he is also a certified floral designer at the national level. Arthur was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Designers in 2015 and completed EMC, the European Master Certification program Cycle 3 in 2016.
He has been featured in International Floral Art. His work made the spring 2013 cover of the French floral art magazine Nacre and was also featured in the winter 2016 edition. Arthurs work has appeared in many Colorado publications, he has contributed to Florists Review magazine and was profiled in the book 50-Mile Bouquet by Debra Prinzing. In 2018, Arthur took home a bronze medal for his work for the annual World Flower and Garden Show in Japan. He is a past creative in residence at Denver Art Museum and is currently on the selection committee for the program.
Every piece is a collaboration between Arthur and the materials he uses. An organic medium demands an organic process, and each placement dictates the next. Layers, color, texture are all informed by the structure, which comes from the plants themselves. Contrast and harmony blend into each other and unify. The very nature of living materials makes them impermanent. A floral work of art is alive, transitory and cannot be possessed; it can only be experienced.