In order to learn a traditional trade such as carpentry, haberdashery and tailoringthetrainee or apprentice requires a substantial amount of training and coaching. Initially, he or she needs to acquire a level of skill and competence for working with their tools of the trade so that the materials can be cut to the right size or shape. In addition a sound knowledge of the materials themselves is essential, e.g. have an awareness of how wood, or cloth will react to different temperatures and fluids such as water or dyes. Once the basic techniques have been mastered the trainee can then explore and discover new ways of working with the material to design a unique and individual creation.
Floristry is also a highly skilled trade that takes many years to perfect. A trainee whohas aspirations to become a top florist should learn about the varieties and names of flowers/plants and how to care for them. This practical knowledge is essential if one wishes to advise clients about flowers that are in season and varieties that are hardy or need extra care. By developing this competence further the trainee can learn how to be selective in their flower purchases and plan ahead for events [weddings, parties, corporate events etc] so that the blooms are looking their best in the floral display.
Floristry tools [knives, wires, ribbons/ties, oasis foam etc] need to be handled safely and correctly so that the trainee can produce perfect floral creations that look fresh from the beginning to the end of that special occasion. Other essential skills are learning how to put colours together, creating the perfect shapes and displaying floral creations that are in harmony with the environment.
An engineer needs to learn about the rudiments of constructing a building so that the finished product is stable and safe. Likewise a professional Florist needs to have a practical eye for constructing an installation that will not just look pretty but will survive three days on a exhibition stand.
Attention to detail is essential if the trainee wishes to develop a reputation for quality and professionalism. For example, select colours and varieties that harmonise and create an accent, use fresh greenery to add volume and texture and cut a few stems to different lengths to create interesting shapes.
Finally, a few words on gift wrapping. If the finished creation looks beautiful there is no need to suffocate the flowers in wads of plastic and ribbon. Select the minimum amount of gift wrap, in harmonic colours, that allows the flowers to nestle peacefully.