Your name: Françoise Weeks
Your Business name: Françoise Weeks Florist
Your Location: Portland, OR
How did you start your business?
I grew up in Belgium where flowers are part of everyday life. Fourteen
years ago I decided to follow my dream of working with flowers. My
husband remodeled part of the basement and that is where my flower
venture started. Five years later, I had totally outgrown the space; we
had a fabulous studio – with lots of windows! – built in the backyard.
Weddings and events are the focus of my business.
Three years ago, a childhood memory evolved into creating a wide range
of woodland arrangements: decorating a log with texture is how it
started, ideas for centerpieces and woodland bridal bouquets
followed…. The arrangements are ‘very Northwest’:few or no flowers,
but full of fun textures that abound here: berries, pods, ferns,
succulents, small fruits and veggies, mosses, lichens, branches, mushrooms…
Earlier this year I became intrigued with other projects:flower purses
as well as with ‘whimsical bouquets’, using wire, beads and feathers. So
What is your design aesthetic?
Detailed, intuitive, passion
What inspires you?
Nature foremost – and objects
What are the trends, flowers & colors that are unique to your region?
This past year, the buzz words have been: eco-friendly, organic. White
and green have been quite popular again. The selection that the local
growers offer is opulent and quite varied!
Are you a retail shop, studio/warehouse or home based?
Do you offer any services in addition to floral designs?
I teach seasonal flower arranging classes and wedding workshops in my
studio; for more details, check out my website: www.francoiseweeks.com
What does your toolbox look like?
Clippers, zipties, scissors, ribbon, wire, tape,…anything that I may
need when setting up for a wedding or event
What tool in your toolbox can’t you live without?
What’s your favorite flower?
Quite a few: poppies, checkered lily, hellebore, gloriosa lily,
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First photo of woodland bridal bouquet by Nicole Wickens
All other photos by Joni Shimabukuro