Brenna Wilson: An Introduction to the Artist Behind Our Next Workshop

Join us Wednesday, November 30th at 6 PM for our Winter Workshop! Strawberry Fields will provide everything you’ll need to create a beautiful terrarium. Brenna Wilson of Strawberry Fields will teach you step by step the process of making a one of a kind and easy to care for holiday centerpiece. Invite a friend or loved one to make a night of it and take home a terrarium! 

 

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Quirk Gallery: Can you tell us a little about you?

Brenna Wilson: Originally from Arizona, I am a transplant Virginian with a love for the outdoors. I adore plant life; cacti, succulents, ferns, moss, trees and especially flowers! I graduated from VCU with the intention of becoming a Visual Artist or Urban Designer and stumbled upon Floral Design. In my spare time I am an aspiring photographer and traveler.

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Q: What brought you to Strawberry Fields and what is your role there?

B: I was a frequent Strawberry Fields customer before working there.

Strawberry Fields is a small local business with a small staff. To keep things running smoothly everyone is in charge of quite a few things and like to get creative with our job titles.  I am the plant manager, social-media-lite, head of photography, happiness supervisor, chief of workshops and a floral designer. Officially…I am the shop manager.

Q: When did your interest in floral design begin?

B: Floral design has always been something that I admired, both artistically and visually. Flowers have been important to me as long as I can remember but I never thought I would have the opportunity to work in the field. It is a dream job, a lot like becoming an astronaut or a photographer for National Geographic. I am so grateful to work with nature in a creative way.

Q: Other than working at Strawberry Fields and teaching workshops locally- what are ways you work creatively?

B: Outside of Strawberry Fields I do freelance and experimental photography. I love to photograph people- weddings, engagements, head shots, families…. anything really. My favorite creative venture is traveling and photographing with Polaroids. I have two old Polaroid cameras that only use reinvented or expired film.  I love experimenting with them. It is truly magical and inspiring.

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-4-19-07-pmBrenna’s photography set up when traveling

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            A beautiful bouquet by Strawberry Fields 

Q: Our terrarium workshop with you will have whites, greens and pink- connecting to how Quirk celebrates the season. Can you tell us about these terrariums?

B: Quirk has clean crisps whites, pops of pinks and lots of life! In this workshop we will create a wintery terrarium inspired by Quirk and the holiday season. We will construct our terrariums using only white sand and rocks, dusty green-/blue succulents and of course- PINK crystals!

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             The terrarium for our workshop!