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? Loose, fashion-inspired portraiture and botanical prints in watercolor + oil paint
What are you currently working on? I've been bouncing back and forth between watercolor and oils, but lately I've been loving oils. I'm working on more graphic, larger scale pieces. I'm also taking on more custom projects like bespoke wedding invitations, which I love!
Favorite art tool? Oh this is tough. I would say probably wood panels. I prefer to paint on wood panels over canvas because it's smoother and there's a nice grain in the wood that I like to let show through a little bit. And with the panels, you can hang them on a wall or prop them up on a shelf which is kind of cool.
Favorite Laguna Beach hidden gem? I live in South Laguna and we have some great gems...Eva's Caribbean Kitchen is probably my favorite. It's the perfect hole in the wall type place if you're celebrating something. You're surrounded by banana palms and string lights, and Eva will come and sit at your table and tell you about the rum you're drinking. So good!
Describe a little bit about your creative process - I work out of our spare-room-turned-studio. My favorite thing to do on a nice day is open all the windows and the doors for the breeze, turn on a good playlist, and paint for hours. But sometimes I only have 15 minutes to paint in a day, so I'll sit at my desk and play around in watercolor, and put it up on an Instagram story. As someone pursuing creative entrepreneurship, I tend to compare myself to others and get down on myself (thanks social media!), but I have to remind myself that ultimately it's all about enjoying the process. One of my favorite bookmarked quotes is "Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection." I think that's so helpful for anyone in this position.
Describe your ideal job/client/collaboration - I would love to do more custom work. My ideal collaboration right now would definitely be a mural! I'm itching to do more, someone just gimme a wall haha.
How do you stay creative? Through travel. Even if it's just a weekend out in the desert, it's always refreshing to get away and find inspiration in new places. And then I come home missing my studio so I'm ready to get back to work!