Nerija Rupsys racked up some amazing achievements during her time at Pearsons School. While completing her Certificate III program Nerija did work experience with the Pearsons team; won a scholarship to complete further studies from NSW Flower Growers; and interned for a day with Myra Perez and team of 'My Violet'. She has now been working in a beautiful flower shop for almost two years, still finding time to create beautiful florals for weddings and events for friends and family.
Eva Pendaki, owner of ‘La Vie en Rose’ in Beecroft where Nerija now works had this to say; “In less than a year, Nerija has achieved the position of a Senior Florist. Her bouquets, commercial or corporate, traditional or modern, are outstanding in correct structure, detailed application and flamboyant colour combination”. We couldn’t be prouder of your achievements in such a short time Nerija! Here is her story…
Student: Nerija Rupsys
Florist: La Vie en Rose Florist
Since graduating from the SFL30115 Certificate III course last year, what have you been up to since?
During the course I was able to do my work experience at my local florist, La Vie En Rose in Beecroft, and now have been working there for almost 2 years.
I graduated from the course in July 2018 and have done a few weddings and events on my own. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with many amazing people in the Industry, freelancing for weddings and events which has helped me develop my skills in retail and event work.
What initially attracted you to studying floristry?
I was searching for fulfilment. My father was a metal artist, then turned his creativity to gardening. Being surrounded by hand made objects and the beauty of nature I realised that sitting in front of a computer all day wasn’t for me. I have always loved crafts and textiles and somehow floristry was the perfect fit.
What did you love about studying the ‘SFL30115 Certificate III in Floristry’ with Pearsons School?
The flexibility of being able to work while studying and having the flowers already selected and purchased.
The positive environment, both in class and on the Facebook Group helped me find work experience, share knowledge and stay connected with amazing people who made class so much fun. The teachers were so helpful and I was lucky enough to have Lee Cavender twice! Lee was so supportive and encouraging, which really helped boost my confidence.
You won a competition that we held for our Certificate III students to intern for the day with Sydney Florist, Myra Perez of My Violet. What kinds of things did you learn from Myra and her team?
My Violet was one of the first florists I followed on Instagram, and has been a huge inspiration for me. Myra is so talented and her team are extremely hard working with a great work ethic. Their designs push boundaries and they create masterpieces which can be so different yet cohesive to the brand. On the day I got to experience the market rush, design process and bump in for a private event for Penfolds. We finished the day designing centrepieces for Ferrari - surreal to be involved with such prestigious clients.
What has been your favourite part of being a florist, so far?
Making people smile. It is the best feeling making something that can have such an impact on someone.
Customers always say “it must be so nice to work with flowers all day” - although it may not be glamorous, I love it.
What kinds of things have you learnt about floristry since leaving the classroom and working hands on in the industry?
It’s really hard work but so rewarding. There’s always more to learn and working with different people, in retail and events, has taught me problem solving, to push past my comfort zone and to keep trying new things.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into floristry?
Do some workshops, go to the markets and start experimenting. If you love it, do it!
What is your all-time favourite flower/flowers?
Flannel flowers and tulips. Anything with natives and moody colours will be a favourite.
What does the future in floristry hold for you?
One day I’d love to have my own shop and studio!
“My most memorable moment has been creating an arrangement for my Grandfather’s funeral. It was the most difficult but rewarding and healing experience.”
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