Blog posts tagged with 'Workshop'

Meet the Designer: Donald Yim AIFD, CFD

Whether you know it or not, you’ve probably already been inspired by Donald’s work. His designs have been featured in international publications including: Canadian Florist, Floriology, Nacre (France), and Fusion Flowers (UK), among others. Or perhaps you’ve seen his work in internationally renowned shows, such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and the AIFD National Symposium. You’re also likely to have crossed paths with some of the design work Donald has done for Accent Decor over the years. (Speaking of which, keep an eye out for his designs for Accent Decor’s 2016 collection!)


In any case, Donald Yim AIFD, CFD’s vibrant designs and gorgeous aesthetics have grabbed our attention, and we are excited to welcome him to the Bay Area this coming March as the featured designer for Mt. Eden’s Annual Wedding Floral Design Series March 6-7 in San Jose, CA.


Despite a busy work and travel schedule, Donald took a moment to answer a few questions to help us get to know the artist behind the designs:


Mt. Eden: How did you get started in the floral industry?

Donald: My sister owned a flower shop in Hong Kong, and I was her delivery boy. I liked to see how people were so happy to receive flowers and began to show an interest. My sister taught me some things, and then I took some classes, went into some competitions, and did well; it just fuelled my design passion bug!


Mt. Eden: Who has been one of your biggest fans or supporters?

Donald: John Haines AIFD. I worked with John early in my career and he really changed my perspective and showed me the passion in the floral industry.


Mt. Eden: In 2-3 words, how would you describe your design style?

Donald: Fusion. I have an Asian background, European influence, and North American experience all rolled into one!


Mt. Eden: What are some places that you find design inspiration?

Donald: Social Media, books, international travel.


Frequent travel and continued involvement with the floral industry keep Donald on the forefront of design and trend developments, which he then translates into eye-catching arrangements and displays. In addition to freelance work for various companies and projects, Donald’s experience in the industry includes: Creative Director at West Van Florist in Vancouver, Canada, Education Specialist at Floriology Institute in Jacksonville, FL, showroom set-up, organization, management, take-downs, photography, and serving on the AIFD NW Region Board of Directors.


With a body of design work that demonstrates a passion for floral artistry, Donald credits his enthusiasm as having been fueled by a genuine passion for sharing and exchanging ideas. He loves making connections with new students and fellow designers, and we can’t wait to have him in San Jose this March!


Register today to save your spot.

2015 Holiday Floral Design Show: Meet the Designer

Just as we love sourcing the best products for our customers to work with, we're always busy seeking out top floral designers for our shows and workshops. For Mt. Eden Floral's upcoming Christmas-themed floral design event, we've tracked down a talented designer who we believe will inspire you with fresh perspectives, as well as equip you with great ideas and tools to incorporate into your own floral design work. (Read the description for the show and workshops here.)

Without further ado, we're excited to introduce you to the featured designer for Mt. Eden's 2015 Holiday Design Show Corey Harbour, AIFD, PFCI, NAFD, CFD. Though he'll be fresh to the California stage, Corey is well established as both a participant and influencer on the flower scene, and we can't wait to have him here in the Bay Area! 

Corey go this start in the floral industry during high school when he worked for a florist delivering and processing flowers. Soon, he found himself behind the workbench, and hasn't looked back since! In addition to his freelance work, Corey is sought after for his discerning eye for product design. Chances are you've already worked with products helped to develop! Having worked in key design capacity for various brands in the past, Corey is currently based in Dallas, Texas where he is the Director of Product Development for Teters Floral Products.

Though his work in product development keeps him busy with behind the scenes work, Corey still takes the initiative to stay involved with the floral industry in a hands-on way. He frequently participates in many key industry design competitions, including being invited to judge and to be a guest designer at the Philadelphia Flower Show. A frequent traveler around the globe, Corey's travels play a role in his work, keeping him on top of the latest design styles and trends.

Inspired by the work of Tomas De Bruyne and Els Teunissen, Corey describes his own style as clean and natural.Due to the nature of his work, Corey deals with a lot of novelties as well, and is no stranger to incorporating a touch of flair and accents in just the right places. In short, we think he's the perfect designer to bring us fresh inspiration for the holidays!

So REGISTER TODAY and join us on Sunday, September 13 for Mt. Eden Floral's Annual Holiday Design Show with Corey Harbour AIFD, PFCI, NAFD, CFD and Monday, September 14 for Corey's hands-on floral design workshops!

To register, click here. Register by 08.31.15 and save up to $40 off registration costs!

For detailed workshop info, click here.