Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tomobi Floral Art Donates Two Arrangements to Holidays on a High Note 2009

I was invited to do a floral arrangement for Holidays on a High Note, a silent auction fundraiser held on Oct 19th at Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. The charity helps support The Family Support Agency. I decorated a mantle area using flowers such as mums, ... Asiatic lilies, horsetails, tropical fern etc. The tile is "Autumn Dawn" so I tried to create this feeling through my design. I had a great time meeting new people who attended the event. My floral arrangements sold $$$ at auction, which is great!! It was an amazing opportunity to donate the money using one of my passionate skills and I felt very happy.

Floral Installation for Kirilola

Back in August 2009, I did an installation for Kirilola, a singer well known as founding member of the Tokyo prog-rock band eX-Girl and experimental ambient group Akasau. Kirilola visited California from Japan in August this year and performed solo concerts in San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Los Angeles. She invited me to create a floral installation for one of her performances. I decided to work with three large canvasses I covered with black fabric and hung so they had the illusion of floating off the ground. The flowers I used were mums, curly willows, orchids, and anthuriums. With the added addition of Kirilola's video projections the stage ambiance was magical.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Spring Pink Flowers For Any Occasion, Even Valentine's Day

I like spring flowers like tulips, rannancurus, and cherry blossoms. These spring colors are refreshing to my eyes, especially after Christmas and New Year's floral colors such as red, white, gold, and silver. Oops! Valentine's Day will coming soon so red red red!! (But remember a romantic sentiment can be pink as well).

Flowers seen in my photos are local tulips, rannancurus, and Asiatic white lilies simply placed in a glass vase. The result is a natural floral design.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Last Wedding at the Carnelian Room in San Francisco

I recently created wedding floral arrangements at the well-known Carnelian Room in San Francisco. This restaurant — a personification of old traditional city culture — crowns the top of the Bank of America building and has amazing views of the city. This was a special occasion as the Carnelian Room was set to close after being in business for over 40 years.

For this December wedding my customers — Lynn and Blane — married on December 5th, chose the floral color themes of raspberry red and shades of dark pink. I used calla lilies, orchids, and roses. I was lucky to have a customer who got married at the Carnelian Room so I could see the restaurant before it closed.