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Manu Torres Makes Floral Arrangements That Look like They're from Another World - Willamette WeekTuesday, October 22, 2019
They are familiar to me. It made sense to me to use them in my pieces." Torres moved to Oregon when he turned 21, eventually landing a hospitality gig at Portland art center Yale Union. There, he began playing around with flowers from neighbors' yards to make cheap floral arrangements as part of the décor during opening-night galas, drawing on conversations with the artists to craft displays that would complement their work in some way. After a while, he realized he wanted to make arrangements of his own. "When I started Florescent, I knew I wanted to express that I was different," says Torres. "I picked flowers that were not as common, as well as tropical flora, such as palms and birds of paradise. I really like the Dutch still-life paintings—it's what inspired me to start to incorporate fruits, feathers and eventually paint, fabrics and paper." One piece, made of Barbie-pink roses and anthurium painted to match, comes together like a tropical altar for an alien wedding. Another arrangement, comprising blue and marigold ostrich feathers, a single strand of tie-dye-colored grasses and a crown of wavy ferns coated in metallic silver, looks like a Japanese ikebana by way of a Brazilian circus troupe. His work is now regularly featured at the Nike campus and stores like Muji, and he's taught exclusive arranging classes in New York. Despite the clash of materials in Torres' work, nothing ever feels scattered or random. In fact, the connecting theme across his oeuvre is a grounded sense of individuality. His bouquets don't yell. Instead, they seem to calmly say, "This is me, and I'm not going to hide." "When I started, I wasn't great. But it was just a hobby for me, so I wasn't too worried if I was doing it right," Torres says. "It let me get comfort-able thinking outside of the box so I could bring my wild ideas to life."... https://www.wweek.com/culture/2019/09/25/manu-torres-makes-floral-arrangements-that-look-like-theyre-from-another-world/
Arlene's Flowers v. Washington - Cato InstituteTuesday, October 22, 2019
NIFLA v. Becerra, and Janus v. AFSCME, the Court found that states could not force a pro-life clinic to read a script advising patients on how to get an abortion, and that non-union members of a collective bargaining unit could not be forced to pay for union speech with which they disagree, respectively.The Court had the opportunity to tackle the issue of whether states may force wedding vendors to create cakes for same-sex weddings in Masterpiece. But the Court didn’t reach the issue of whether the First Amendment—speech or religion clauses—protects a refusal to provide a product or service for a particular occasion, if so how to draw the line between professions that are and aren’t sufficiently expressive to gain that protection, or any other major controversy that continues to roil lower courts. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurrence offering some guidance, but post-Masterpiece state and circuit courts have diverged.As it has in previous stages of this litigation, Cato has filed an amicus brief supporting Arlene’s Flowers—again joined by Reason Foundation and Individual Rights Foundation—urging the Supreme Court to take up the case and settle these issues and ambiguities after all. Cato is the only organization in the country to have filed briefs in support of both Jim Obergefell (lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case) and Jack Phillips (owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop). It shouldn’t be so hard to see the difference between government action and individual conscience, to have official equality while letting a thousand flowers bloom. https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-briefs/arlenes-flowers-v-washington-2
TBI’s 5 Best: Flower Shops in San Francisco - thebolditalicTuesday, September 10, 2019
This adorable shop is a great place if you just want to stop by and get advice from a savvy florist, as Yelp customers often comment on how helpful the service is at Le Bouquet. Tucked away on Union Street, this quaint little shop is always adorned with a daily selection of gorgeous stems that make the experience of assembling a bouquet very calm and relaxing. Le Bouquet also hosts flower workshops for making everything from flower crowns to holiday arrangements.2205 Union Street (Cow Hollow) https://www.le-bouquet.com/... https://thebolditalic.com/tbis-5-best-flower-shops-in-san-francisco-6ca0059fb861
F.C. Florist Sends Bouquets to Congresswomen Targeted by Trump - Falls Church News PressTuesday, September 10, 2019
DemocraticUnderground.com. She’s also received calls of support from some customers and has even spurred others to do the same by sending the congresswomen their own arrangements.Born in the Soviet Union-controlled Uzbekistan, Rabinovich and her family traversed through multiple countries before finally getting clearance to come to the U.S. She would grow up in the New Jersey/New York area, earning her citizenship by the time she was 16 and would later go on to get her degree in visual merchandising and interior design. AdvertisementsHer first job was working in a flower shop, an occupation that was always seen as a fallback for Rabinovich whenever she was in between gigs. She later realized she enjoyed working in flower shops more than any other job and started her own business out of her apartment in Arlington. Rabinovich wound up purchasing Galleria Florist in July 2015 when searching for a production space to operate out of, and last December she became an owner of Nosegay Flowers in Washington, D.C. — a former employer of hers.She re-emphasized that the flowers were merely a show of goodwill, but did add a general message to all Americans that, “The U.S. is a melting pot. It stands for inclusivity, not exclusivity. That’s what’s going to keep us going; diversity and the knowledge our immigrants bring to the country.”Share this:Comments comments... https://fcnp.com/2019/07/31/f-c-florist-sends-bouquets-to-congresswomen-targeted-by-trump/
Hear Florist’s cyclical new single “Celebration” - The FADERTuesday, July 23, 2019
Florist 2019 tour dates:07/26 Los Angeles, CA @ Pico-Union Project07/27 San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord07/29 Portland, OR @ Lola’s Room (Crystal Ballroom)07/30 Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center08/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right08/5 Cambridge, MA @ The Great Scott08/6 Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot08/8 Troy, NY @ The Church08/10 Ft. Wayne, IN @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)08/11 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s08/12 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups08/13 Allentown, PA @ Soft Machine Gallery08/14 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA08/15 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd08/16 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 508/17 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook08/19 Atlanta, GA @ 529... https://www.thefader.com/2019/07/16/florist-celebration-premiere-emily-alone-double-double-whammy
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l firstname.lastname@example.orgSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/