Kim originally studied as a trainee through Pearsons Florists while completing her Certificate III qualification back in 2011. Since then she has been working hard in our bustling design centre in Sydney’s Stanmore as one of our senior florists. She is very well known for her vivacious and energetic personality (that is contagious amongst the rest of the Pearsons team) that transpires into her designs on a daily basis. Loving all things bright and colourful she is not afraid to experiment while still knowing exactly what she wants and how to utilize a flowers shape and form to her advantage.
What did you do before studying at Pearsons School of Floristry?
Once finishing High School I went straight in to studying the Certificate III course and completing my traineeship with Pearsons. I always thought of myself as having a creative flair and thought flowers would allow me to express this well.
How would your co-workers describe you in three words?
Flamboyant, a pocket rocket and experimental!
What was the best thing about the course?
I developed a deeper love and appreciation for plants and flowers while studying and working for Pearsons Florist.
You work with so many beautiful flowers. Do you have a favourite?
Hydrangea. It reminds me of when I was little. I love it so much that I have a tattoo of it!
Where do you look for inspiration?
My inspiration is drawn from imitating nature’s natural beauty, by allowing the materials I use to still have a free flowing form when creating my designs. I also draw inspiration from the team I work with every day including the international florists which work with me that have a very different style to me but something I can still love and appreciate.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to do the course?
Come in with an open mind, be open to change, ideas and suggestions, there is no one way to do things!
What does a typical day at work involve for you?
I’m usually running around doing a variety of things like creating our weekly corporate designs, online orders, organising the driver runs, wedding and event work and helping out the call centre staff. I like to make our team laugh and bring the funny each week.
Can you give us a simple floristry tip?
Hydrangea drink a lot of water so to better hydrate them and make them last longer, dunk their heads in water for a few minutes before you use them in your designs. Keep them lasting longer at home in your arrangement by spraying the heads everyday and changing the vase water daily.
What’s next for Kim?
I’d love to continue working at Pearsons Florist and hopefully work my way up to a management position soon.