AIFD Symposium Highlights


This week I thought I’d give a re-cap of the AIFD National Symposium.  For those of you who are not familiar, this is an annual conference put on by the American Institute of Floral Designers to showcase creative and inspirational floral designs and ideas by some of the top professionals in the industry.  This year it was held in Chicago and the theme was “Transition Transformation”.

I caught up with two attendees, Tom Bowling and Derek Woodruff and asked a few questions.

What was your favorite program at the conference?
Tom:  “Unveiled- Re-Purpose, Re-Use, Re-New” featuring Walter Fedyshyn AIFD, CFD, PFCI and Lottie Nys AIFD, CFD
Derek: “Floral Sculpture : Transformation and Transition” featuring Lana Bates

What was a favorite design you saw at the conference?
Tom: Fascinator headpiece by Lottie Nys
Derek: Floral sculpture by Lana Bates


What tip or trick did you learn and take home?
Tom: How to use dropped ceiling wire to create extended votive holders
Derek: How to create an inverse floral design using raffia.

Of course we all enjoyed  watching Amanda David-Strassburg AIFD, CFD as she designed with Syndicate product. Her presentation was titled “In Tune with Inspiration”.  Below is a glimpse of her amazing creativity!

As you can see it was quite the show!!  Thank you to all who inspired us to be at our creative best!  To see more pictures of the Symposium visit AIFD’s Facebook page.  We’ll see you in Denver for 2015 Symposium!

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