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Claude LeDoux

Parks Horticulture Manager, City of New Westminster in New Westminster

Nature’s Beauty, guiding us to Creativity and Fun for Life!

PRESENTED ON AUG 12, 2017
IN NEW WESTMINSTER @ VOL 16

In his presentation, Claude LeDoux attempts to open minds and hearts to explore ones creativity through the use of plants. He says we should allow nature to guide humans into fun-filled creative lives and never forget that we must feed the Bees, the Plants and the human soul.

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Wayward plants...

BY HEATHER RING
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 09, 2009

Kicking off a new series of PechaKucha Nights in London... waywardplants.org The Wayward Plant Registry is a project of social exchange and botanical desire. A Wayward Plant, commonly referred to as a weed, is one growing where it is not wanted. They may be non-native, unsightly, invasive, high-maintenance, surplus or withering, and so are uprooted and abandoned, pulled from the earth (or pot!) as urban castaways. But wayward plants, whether common weeds, domestic breeds or rare botanical specimens, are truly in the eye of the beholder. The Wayward Plant Registry sets up Halfway Homes for these unwanted plants, and works to bring out the full potential of their beauty and meaning. The Registry considers systems of exchange, the personification of plant-life, the human stories revealed through plant migrations, and the nature of botanical desire. Know of a wayward plant? Wish to be a halfway home? Please contact: hello@waywardplants.org
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OTTO - Life with Flowers

BY YING-LAN CHANG
@ VOL 4 ON JUN 27, 2015

Ying-lan Chang is a flower designer, sharing her experiences on her life with flower arts in Tainan.

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Beauty Is a Bridge and Creativity Is Everything

BY ADRIANO FARINELLA
@ VOL 4 ON APR 15, 2016

Painter Adriano Farinella discusses the use of skyscapes as a visual metaphor for consciousness in his work.

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Life, Death, and Beauty in Photography

BY CLAUDIA AMMIRATA
@ VOL 34 ON APR 20, 2017

Claudia Ammirata opens up about how she found a new life through photography after the loss of her husband.  Photography became a form of art therapy that lead to publishing her own book, "Ephemeral Beauty," that uses flowers as the vehicle to interpret the metaphor of life.

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Language of flowers

BY BÉRÉNICE K.
@ VOL 15 ON NOV 30, 2017

Beyond the fleeting and at time swallow beauty of western bouquets, flowers have been the pluriversal language of peace, love and healing. From politics to art, through medicine and meditation, flowers are everywhere and yet often fail to really be seen. Here is an invitation to a worldy conversatzion with them.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers

BY SARAH WINWARD
@ VOL 24 ON MAR 30, 2018

Sarah is a destination wedding florist that creates flower arrangements inspired by the texture and changing of seasons in nature. Her flowers evoke the feeling of freshly gathered garden flowers, with all their natural variations and inconsistencies.  

She has traveled all over the world creating flowers for couples in many different environments. Her philosophy is that flowers should feel natural in the environment that they are going to be viewed in. S

he goes to great lengths to source the perfect flowers to complete a desired look, but also finds many of her materials in the immediate area that the event will be held. The final product truly is an extension of it’s surroundings, her interpretation of nature. She finds joy in collaborating with a couple to create flowers unique for their event; taking inspiration from them, the season, and the surroundings. Each arrangement is more than just a centerpiece or a bouquet, it has layers of beauty that are meant to be experienced, not just seen. Sarah works internationally , but resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she calls the base of the Rocky Mountains home.

 

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In Celebration of the Beautiful

BY ANNIE KIYONAGA
@ VOL 12 ON DEC 10, 2018

Annie Kiyonaga explains about honoring beauty in its many forms and allowing it to suffuse our lives with its innocence and light.
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Inspiration and Process

BY MICHAEL STASIUK
@ VOL 37 ON MAY 02, 2019

Micahel Stasiuk, a talented multi-media sculpter, explains how through fun and creativity he found his life's passion. An amusing & entertaining ride!

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Weekend Flowers

BY KATE FREEMAN
@ VOL 49 ON JUN 27, 2019

Kate Freeman grows flowers for the purpose of using them in her homespun floral design studio. Weekend Flowers was bred out of creative interest, but Kate also considers environmental sustainability at every step. She thinks there is an opportunity to appreciate flowers grown locally for attributes other than the standards set by the global industry. Kate will be talking about a few of her favourites, as well as some of the quirks that come along with doing a country thing in the city.