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Here at Thrive floristry we, (Claire and Liz Cowling), love to inspire and enthuse... and have designed and published our own series of floristry books - seven to date!
These titles are used to inspire a wide audience of professional florists, floral designers and their customers to create gorgeous wedding and sympathy designs. The books are full of beautiful contemporary designs that are practical and saleable, with informative and educational text making them a perfect selling tool.
Straight from the Heart: Bridal Floristry for the 21st Century
Our very first book was published way back in 2002 - "Straight from the Heart: Bridal Floristry for the 21st Century"; it was an instant success and is now nearly impossible to come by, so we refreshed the book and a second edition was compiled in 2003. This is out of print and now highly collectable!
Straight from the Heart: Sympathy Collection
Following the success of our wedding floristry books, we identified a need for emotive and stylish funerals designs that were still practical and saleable for florists and easy to re-create, so we compiled our second book in the series, "Straight from the Heart: Sympathy Floristry for the 21st Century". This again was very popular, selling out very quickly, so an all-new book, "Straight from the Heart: Sympathy Collection" was put together, crammed full of stunning and memorable designs...this book is available to buy now!
Our "Sympathy Collection" book is brimming with stylish, of the moment designs for really emotive, meaningful tributes. Be inspired yourself whilst inspiring your customers! This book is sure to pay for itself over and over again with such a wide mix of saleable and practical designs. There is a super mix of styles - both traditional with a twist together with contemporary, modern ideas... fabulous colour ranges... a great variation of materials used - some exotics and tropicals others more country garden types. Some designs are simple and stylish, others are detailed and technical - sympathy floristry with style! Some techniques are given at the back of the book, together with a comprehensive glossary.
Wedding Bouquets for Spring
Wedding Bouquets for Spring is another successful publication for florists, students and enthusiasts, bursting with gorgeous bridal designs, from simple hand-tieds to more technical frameworks and intricate, detailed, flowing designs, utilising the beautiful spring treasures that are available at this time of year. A perfect a marketing tool for bridal consultations or just to inspire you to create more individual and unique touches for your designs. The publication features "how to" technique pages, and botanical information, to help you.
How about these to get the creative juices flowing...like what you see - order your copy of “Wedding Bouquets for Spring” today!”
Flowers for Funerals Magazine
Our Flowers for Funerals magazine showcases a fantastic selection of beautiful designs specifically for funerals designed by Claire and Liz Cowling, together with some brilliant ideas from guest designers.
Issues 1 and 2 are currently available (no longer as a subscription.. sorry). The magazine is a great resource for florists and consumers alike, with page after page of contemporary tributes oozing with emotion and style together with lots of handy hints and useful tips, so great to inspire all.
Special offer price Issue 1&2 for just £5!!
Best of British – A Celebration of Inspirational Floristry
Best of British was compiled to celebrate the floristry of the UK and features wedding, sympathy and free expression designs by nine florists and floral designers to include our Claire Cowling. The work is varied and shows lots of different styles and approaches, as well as some of the designers’ personal thoughts regarding floral design.
One of Claire’s gorgeous sympathy designs.
Claire is thrilled to have pieces of her floral design work featured in several Internationally published floristry books, together with a few home-grown publishing companies. Here they are:
International Floral Art
Claire is also the only UK floral designer to have designs selected for the first three "International Floral Art" publications by one of the industry’s main floral publishers in Belgium and has since been on the judging panel to find future stars.
Although the first few editions of the books are now out of print, we have the later to current publications available in our online shop - .
In 2011 “Florever Wherever” was released globally featuring a fantastic array of wedding flower designs by Robert Koene, Raymond Chouity, Natasha Lisitska, Claire Cowling, Thea Kornherr, Gary Kwok, Mark Pampling, Kristin Voreland, Daniel Santamaria I Pueyo, Jouni Seppänen, Brenda Lee Monteiro, Elena Antipina and Giordano Simonelli.
Claire is extremely proud to have been chosen to represent the UK."I created romantic and dreamy designs with cute details to enhance them, using a gorgeous selection of summer flowers including some of my all-time favourites - David Austin Roses... together with lush foliage and grasses, emulating an English country garden. Tall structures teamed with flowing designs adorned the church and reception venue".
A taster of Claire’s work as featured in the book.
David Austin’s recently published book, Wedding Roses illustrates how their lovely roses can be incorporated to create a romantic, English country garden theme for wedding flowers. Claire has some of her distinctive designs featured in the book.
A taster of Claire’s work as featured in the book.
Fusion Flowers Weddings
Claire has work featured in the first four magazines. You can buy copies of Fusion Flowers Weddings Issues 4, 5, 6 and 7 in our online shop.
Take advantage of our great deals on our own titles:
THRIVE FLORISTRY SYMPATHY SET
Straight from the Heart Sympathy and both copies of Flowers for Funerals magazine for only £32.50 (total price if bought individually: £40)*
Wedding Bouquets for Spring, Straight from the Heart - Sympathy Collection and Flowers for Funerals magazines Issue 1 and 2. Love our books? Then why not treat yourself to this fab offer... brimming with lots of gorgeous ideas, techniques and fabulous designs. Hurry - this offer is for a limited time only!
This brilliant collection for £42.50 Usual rrp £65.00*
SUPER SPRING COLLECTION
Wedding Bouquets for Spring, Straight from the Heart - Sympathy Collection, Best of British and Flowers for Funerals magazines Issue 1 and 2
Wow this is an amazing offer ... packed full of inspiration and ideas.
This fantastic collection for £47.50 Usual rrp £95.00*