Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, Part 2
Photo By Maria Lamb
There's so much to include from our time a the Ponderosa Workshop in the English countryside this past April. From the incredible history of the location at St Giles and our gracious hosts, to the beautiful scenery and food and the beautiful spirit of our workshop leader Katie, there's almost too much to share. I'll try my best in this installment to share more details of the wonderment that was the Spring 2016 Ponderosa Workshop in England. Here's a quick low down of the beauty we experienced and the creations that were made:
Katie was our lead. She showed us her design techniques, coached us on design, and took us on foraging expeditions at the St Giles House grounds. The gardens and grounds were amazing, and instilled in us a connection to nature and beauty. This all allowed us to link ourselves to the materials that we were using and in turn, the creations we would later produce.
Look, a swan.
The grounds were a wonder and held magic at every turn. We couldn't help but be inspired by the natural wonder we saw here. From swans floating in the lake, to a beautiful horse's face: It was absolutely peaceful and beautiful.
Photo by Maria Lamb.
We learned from Katie's expertise, and the muse that we found at St Giles. Connecting with our design senses while sitting in the library that housed historical texts and antique paintings. It was almost unbelievable.
Listening in the library.
The Dining room decked out by Katie and the crew.
Apart from all the learning and creating, we had time to enjoy each other's company and get to know our new friends. We ate in the amazing dining room. And we ate delicious and inspiring foods.
A poached pear dessert. All photos by Maria Lamb.
The details that were shared with us to make it a special experience included gifted bottles of bath salts, hand made handkerchiefs, spools of Silk and Willow ribbons, beautiful aprons by Portland Apron Company and colorful foraging baskets.
Beautiful hand made bath salts, calligraphy and vintage handkerchiefs from Katie's family and silk ribbons.
We created, and created some more. We laughed. There was plenty of time spent making hand tied bouquets, vase arrangements and designed scenes for photo shoots. Something that I loved about the design techniques we used: we never used floral foam. It was so refreshing to use more eco friendly methods to create urn arrangements. And since I never use it anyway, I was pleased as punch to never have to touch the stuff.
Window light. Photo by Maria Lamb.
And we had models show off our work.
We made friends and connections with people all around the world. We'll be forever linked with these friends and continue to find inspiration and support from each other.
All Photos by Maria Lamb.
We had a blast, and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
Love to you all, Pilar G&G