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This week, as part of our Barnabas Makers Series, we catch up with founder of Stems Rebellion, Ewa Mierzejewska, about all things floral design and how to deck the halls this Christmas season.


What is your background – how did you get into floral design? 

I studied for a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, vegetable and medicinal plants and a masters in ornamental plants. I’ve always been interested in flower arranging, so after moving to the UK, I decided to become florist. I started my journey from a little shop, taking a floristry course alongside, gradually working my way up to where I am now: owning my own business and facilitating creative workshops.

What kind of workshops do you put on at Stems Rebellion?

Stems Rebellion offers a range of workshops, my favourite being the dry flower wreath making one – a great way to keep your flowers for longer. We also offer flower crown and fresh and dry flower bouquet making workshops.

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Ewa at her store in Dalston.

 

What do you hope people to learn from your workshops? 

I think the biggest benefit is getting more creative and, in some cases, also getting a little confidence boost. It’s mostly about fun: spending time with your friends and meeting new people!

What inspires/informs your work?

I like to keep my mind open and gain inspiration from everywhere I go. Sometimes it’s flowers or materials, sometimes it’s Instagram, but mostly I gain it from other people I get to work with. This is a reason why from time to time I allow myself to pick freelance projects where I get to work with other talented florists.

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Inside Stems Rebellion.

 

Are you working on anything currently alongside running your workshops?

At the moment I’m mainly focusing on my newly opened shop and developing its’ business strategy for next year (it’s almost Valentine’s Day)!

Where do you source your flowers from?

I use the new Covent Garden flowers suppliers for the British grown products and get rest of my flowers delivered by Dutch suppliers.

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Ewa leading her wreath making workshop at the House.

 

Does your practice link to sustainability/the community in any way?

I try to limit the number of exotic/imported flowers and to eliminate a carbon footprint, I limit the usage of plastic and oasis foam (the green foam widely used for flower arranging) which is single-use plastic. My plan for next year or so is to offer some free workshops to a youth Charity, perhaps to inspire some young people and help those who are interested get onto a career path in floristry.

What made you eager to put on this workshop at the House? 

I love the House’s social cause and I wanted to be involved in this. I’d love to be able to contribute more in the future!

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Our members getting creative with their wreath making.

 

Got any tips for making your home festive this season?

Keep the décor natural, bring in some fresh ingredients – even if it’s not a lot the scent will fill the room. Use lights in warm colours to make the space cosier and more welcoming. Don’t try to make your decorations perfect, just enjoy the decorating process and time with your family.


Got a bold idea for a creative workshop you’d like to run? Get in contact with us – HERE.