Floral Parties // Creative Party Planning // Event Florals
Yoshi O’Connor, like a perennial, always comes back to her love: flowers. Former owner of the Laguna Flower Company in downtown Laguna Beach, she left the world of flowers to become a paralegal gaining a “bunch” of new skills. After 6 years, she decided it was time to get back to her true passion, flowers; thus the seed for Floral Fête began to germinate.
During her years away from flowers, Yoshi gained perspective on what she missed most. Recalling floral demonstrations, quick tips and ideas she had given to her clients she recognized that teaching people to arrange flowers, and watching them gain confidence to create their own flower art, were equally rewarding. ‘Where Artistry Blooms’ embodies what Floral Fête is about, allowing for everyone’s personal artistic side to bloom through floral design.
Yoshi resides in Laguna Beach with her husband and two terrier rescues. When not teaching workshops, and styling flowers for events, Yoshi enjoys volunteering and giving back to the community, and is an active Partner in the local non-profit organization Impact Giving. You will most likely find her at the Farmer’s Market, searching for new produce to whip into something delicious, or the Dog Park watching her dogs get all the exercise.
Conservationist Artist // Jonathan Seagul Butterfly Art & Laguna Skateboards
Routed at an early age, Ian Bryan creates unique art pieces highlighting butterflies. Using his love for butterflies, Ian attempts to raise awareness and spread the beauty of the natural world to people both completely in touch with it and those that maybe have lost touch since childhood. As he continues to build his brand and reputation, he is constantly aligning myself with new conservationists and habitat restoration advocates to build a network of individuals and groups interested in protecting the valuable natural resources we still have left. The butterflies used in his art have been sourced from butterfly farms around the world that offer native people a chance to make money using their natural resources, and keep their habitats in tact.
Stephen Orlick has spent years formulating his “Editorial Style” by combining his experience as a fashion photographer paired with photojournalistic story telling... the results are elegant and modern with timeless style.
With a passion for telling stories that change lives, we aim to translate simplistic beauty into visional work by using natural light and daily surroundings. The goal is to purposefully create imagery that is emotionally driven with the hope that it tells an honest story. With that passion, we started The Neighborhood Journal with the idea that we wanted to document the creative people around us and build an online community where we could honestly showcase their talents and ideas through our own creative ability to tell their story.
How do you go about finding a boost of creative inspiration? To find a creative boost a lot of the times we'll watch content on the Vimeo Staff Picks page, it is usually super visually appealing and it makes us want to do even better work.
How do you feel that your hobbies influence your filmmaking? Growing up in Southern California we’ve always been around surfing and skating and that style of branding has trickled into our filmmaking through mixed media like magazines and video content put out by brands. Another hobby of ours is music and the concert/music festival vibe is very youthful and our run and gun filmmaking style really emulates that.
What has been your biggest lesson? It doesn’t matter what people around you are doing, if you just do what you love and what makes you happy you will find success within that.
What’s some of the best advice you’ve been given? "Make ideas happen" - Craig Landino
What are your goals as a filmmaker? As a filmmaker we always try to tell honest stories that people can connect with, if we can do that I feel like we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to do
Anthem for my life or career: Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles) by Arcade Fire
Words I live by: "If the reason why you're doing anything creative is to make a living, then you're doing it wrong" - Casey Neistat
What do you do? I create whimsical watercolor art that is celebration of color, life and fashion.
What are you currently working on? I am currently working on planning new themes for my Watercolor and Wine workshops and believe it or not, prepping for the holidays! It is definitely my busiest time of the year.
Favorite art tool? My favorite medium is obviously watercolor and my favorite tool to work with is my Escoda watercolor brushes.
Favorite Laguna Beach hidden gem? A new place I love working and grabbing lunch or coffee is The Grove on Forest. It is kind of hidden downtown but they have the best coffee! Afterwards, I can grab flowers at The Flower Stand, pick up art supplies at Laguna Art Supply or mail art off at the post office, they are all right there.
Describe a little bit about your process? I have created my own happy space in my studio, aka the spare bedroom in our 1940s cottage in Laguna Canyon. My studio has my desk, inspiration boards full of magazines tear outs, photos and post cards from where I have traveled and my pink couch! Pink is my happy color so there is definitely alot of that in my studio. I get in the zone by first making sure my studio is clean, because once I start creating the mess only gets bigger! I turn my music up, which could be anything from 90s hip hop to lush bossanova music. It all depends on what I am painting and I usually get in the zone as soon as I start getting my watercolor palette wet and mixing up colors. Watercolor is inherently very meditative in nature.
Describe your ideal job/client/collaboration? I would love to do more work where I can collaborate with creative women in other industries, specifically fashion. One thing I love doing is creating art live at events, which I have had the opportunity to do on many levels but I really would love to have a bigger live art project to work on. Can someone please invite me to New York Fashion week?! I'm envisioning a runway or some kind of art/fashion exhibition.
How should someone approach you about working together? They should email me firstname.lastname@example.org and never be afraid to ask about an idea. I love collaborating with my clients to help them find what they are looking for whether for there home or an event. They can also DM me on instagram @ladyfolkstudio
How do you stay creative? I stay creative by continuing to have fun with life! It should be enjoyed and try to portray that in my art. I love being in nature, especially in Laguna. I just never stop exploring and being curious, following trends, fashion and exploring flea markets.