Floral club to host internationally acclaimed floral designer

Floral club to host internationally acclaimed floral designer

‘Forage, Fabricate, and Flower’ will see Brenna Quon create bouquets from found items

The Mid-Island Floral Art Club will host Brenna Quan as their guest demonstrator on Thursday, June 13.

Quan is an internationally recognized floral designer. Most recently, she won the overall prize in the 2019 Pacific Northwest Floral Design competition.

Deanne Sykes is the former president of MIFAC, and now sits on the programming committee. She’s been following Quan’s work for some time and is excited to bring her to Qualicum Beach.

“There’s quite a few of us that go to the competitions that are held in Burnaby at the United Floral. So we’re familiar with her, we always cheer her on,” said Sykes. “For us to get her to come to our club is a real coup.”

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Quan lives in the Vancouver area. This will be her second stop on Vancouver Island — she’ll spend Tuesday and Wednesday in Victoria, then head north.

Her presentation will focus on how to take found and foraged items, and use them to showcase blossoms. The group has been gathering driftwood, seaweed, twigs, and sticks in anticipation of her visit.

Sykes says that MIFAC is one of only two floral clubs on all of Vancouver Island.

“For people on the island to come and get inspired, discussing trends and different things that people are working with in the floral industry… we just think oh, we’re really special to get her,” said Sykes.

There’s a chance to take home the noted designer’s work as well. There will be a draw at the end for whatever Quan makes at the meeting.

The event takes place at St Stephen’s United Church Hall at 250 Village Way in Qualicum Beach. Doors open at 2 p.m., and the event starts at 2:15 p..m.

There is a $10 guest fee for non-members, and can be paid at the door.

For examples of Quan’s work, those interested can check out her website at www.brennaquan.com.