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.
I paint abstract art, mainly with acrylic paint, but other mediums often find their way into each piece for more texture or interest. My goal is to capture the moments, stories and nuances of the everyday, and bring them to life through a visual narrative for others to translate into their own story. I’m passionate about “process over product” not only in my own work, but while creating with others.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently finishing up my “Pacific Coast Highway” series (on display at Sourced August 15-October 15), and next in line is a series called “Connected” that has been put on the shelf all year because I’m trying to figure out my exact vision for the final product. The series will involve large collaborative paintings in outdoor spaces, and somehow connecting those paintings together. This series has been floating around my head since last year and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!
Favorite gems along the Pacific Coast Highway?
This is really hard to answer because there are so many! There are very few ‘hidden’ gems along this spectacular drive, but some of the places that make my heart happy over and over again are mostly past Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The Pismo Beach area, especially during the Monarch butterfly season at Monarch Grove; the entire Big Sur coastline, especially Julia Pfeiffer State Park and Nepenthe for lunch; San Francisco/Sausalito, because I grew up in San Jose and SF will always be one of my favorite cities in the world; Bodega Bay and their fresh oysters; and lastly, the massive and magical redwoods in the Redwood Forests of Northern CA; especially Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park & Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.
Favorite art tool?
My hands (for blending and messy marks) & fingernails (for scratching into wet paint)! Also my wide color shapers if I don’t want brush marks.
Describe a little bit about your process - where do you paint & how you get in the zone?
I have a small studio in my backyard…and it’s my haven. Because it’s always there to tempt me, I probably spend more time out in my studio than inside my house! Its big window and French doors are always open, letting in fresh air and sunlight, which are both necessary for me to create. Sometimes I just listen to the birds and paint in silence, but most of the time I turn on the music for instant energy and inspiration. My work is created intuitively and I work in many layers, adding and subtracting until it reaches a certain balance and “feels complete”. There’s never a plan, but always a story behind it.
Describe your ideal job/client/collaboration.
In addition to working more with local designers and doing more art workshops with large corporations/hotels/resorts, I would love to collaborate with a company I love like Anthropologie or Free People (anyone have a connection, let me know!). Oh, and I really really want to paint a mural. I’m practicing right now on my dining room wall.
How should someone approach you about working together?
Just email me at email@example.com or DM me via Instagram @jennifermchughart
My favorite part about being an artist is connecting with people and chatting about anything creative. I’m willing to collaborate with anyone who has a vision and thinks we’d be a good match!
How do you stay creative?
I get outside and explore! Local nature hikes, afternoons at the beach, exploring the many diverse neighborhoods of San Diego, quick day trips, or any kind of travel adventure…a change of scenery always gets my creative juices flowing. I need change to be inspired!
JOIN US SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6TH FOR ABSTRACT PAINTING “HAPPY HOUR”, a special workshop with Jennifer McHugh inspired by the “Pacific Coast Highway” Series now on display!Learn more here.