Next month I’ll be putting my student cap on and meeting fellow flower lovers at a master class and lunch at The Boathouse in Manly with chief flower enthusiast, the gorgeous and hilarious Holly Hipwell, founder of The Flower Drum. Holly explains: “This master class is perfect for those aspiring florists with an unmeasurable love for flowers who want to explore their creativity and passion with blooms! This class is also ideal for the DIY bride, who wants to take control of decorating for the big day and learn the skills of creating a bridal bouquet and table centrepieces”.Yay, I really can’t wait. Gaining better skills with flower arranging is something that has definitely been on my bucket list for a while. It’s now just an added bonus that I get to enjoy a delicious lunch at such a gorgeous location and with such a talented teacher. You guys should thinking about joining us on the day?
Saturday 17th September
10am – 2.45pm
The Boathouse Shelly Beach
1 Marine Parade Manly
Holly took some time out of her busy life with flowers and event styling to answer some questions for the blog. Her sparkly personality really comes through in the answers – she certainly is one cool lady!
What will your students learn after a day at the workshop?
Mostly, it’ s about giving people the confidence in constructing arrangements and flower selection… People usually start out quite shy… “Oh I don’t know what to do!” Then the next minute they’re elbowing someone out of the way to get the last peony! I’m always so happy when I can see the satisfaction and joy from each creators masterpiece. This upcoming class is perfect for the DIY bride who wants to take charge and design their own wedding… but also perfect for those with a love for flowers as this class allows you to put your own spin on The Flower Drum style.
What do you love most about running your workshops?
Seeing people get in the zone and creating something they think is beautiful! I love entertaining and making flowers fun! People always think that flowers are so delicate and precious.. and then I come along and dance on the tables throwing petals in the air!
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you’re doing today?
Who knows! I’ve never been good at working for other people, I like to be the boss. I’ve always joked that my ultimate job working for OPI chosing names for nail polish colours.
How did your floral/even design career start?
I’ve been running The Flower Drum for about 4 or 5 years now… it all started by the way of a blog – I was documenting all of my floral adventures and creations and quite quickly it took off! I had a lot of experience already working in event production and fashion so I knew how to pull a show together… concept to creation is one of my favourite terms and I love the whole process.
What’s a project you’re most proud of?
A while ago I was commissioned to make a real life exploding flower bomb with a team of pyrotechnics – it was one of the happiest days of my life! Overall I’m just so proud to have created a career from my passion in an industry overflowing with talent.
Where did you grow up, and what do you miss most about that place?
I was born in Melbourne… you can see my first house when you land at the airport! Totally like the movie The Castle – we lived out there because my dad was a pilot, so he was close to work I guess! Or maybe because they used to have outrageous parties and didn’t want to have neighbours close by to complain… Then we moved to Hong Kong where I learnt the art of shopping with my mum at a very young age! We moved back to Aus and lived in Queensland before I moved to Sydney ten years ago. I really love Sydney – well only the best part of it… The Nothern Beaches
Three things you are passionate about?
Espresso Martinis, Having Fun and Other Peoples Dogs.
What is your favourite flower?
By season it changes – my top list
Peonies (of course)
Ok Im about to list all the flowers….
Where do you like to shop for clothing?
I like to fill up my online shopping cart with about 500 things and then I think – what am I doing?! Then I shut it all down. I have a bit of a shopping addiction… but Bunning’s is usually my shop of choice.
Where do you like to dine out?
I love The French in Avalon – Bistro Boulevard.
What’s your favourite travel destination and why?
My house. I spend so much time on the road; I just love staying home when I have time out. I haven’t been on a proper holiday for about two years … every time I start planning one, my diary becomes stacked with bookings so I cant go! I’m busting to get to Thailand– they have a 24-hour flower market and that sounds like my idea of a good time!!
How do you treat yourself with some time out?
NAILS! FOOD! SLEEP!
What does the future hold?
I’ve been working on some really fun events recently and its been great to work on the whole production process, not just the flowers… I like being in charge! So more Miss Bossy Pants activities I hope. In saying that I still enjoy working on small intimate events. Balance is the key to not getting totally worn out!
Choose one or the other:
Rosé or Merlot: Rosé
Cheddar or Brie: Cheddar… I think for midnight snacks
Blonde or Brunette: Somewhere in the middle
Rose or Orchid: That’s like me asking you to pick Sunday of Raff!
Steak or Kale: Steak
Sneakers or Heels: Sneakers!
Marble or Ceramic: Marble
Hawaii or Tasmania: Tasmania
Straight or Curly: My hair is dead straight, so definitely curly!
Mini or Range Rover: Range Rover (only because I need the room for my precious flowers!)
Nail polish or Lipstick: Nail polish! OPI Mod About You!!!!
Thanks Holly! Looking forward to creating some beautiful arrangements! Briar x