When it comes to flora, I reckon it doesn’t get much cuter than the tiny, whimsical terrarium. An entire ecosystem in a wee glass jar? Yes please! Wanna make your very own at Maker Faire? You betcha! Join Green with Envy at Got Craft? for a DIY workshop and create the little ecosystem your heart desires.
Driven by a love for design and belief in the healing powers of plants, Jennifer Chu started Green with Envy three years ago after earning her florist certification. Now she not only offers up her amazing arrangements to clients across the Lower Mainland, she also shares her talent by teaching in local schools and care facilities. Lucky for us, she’s sharing her terrarium tips at Maker Faire and all you have to do is register here.
Can you tell me a bit about yourself and how you started Green with Envy?
I have a passion for colours and textures. I believe plants promote emotional health and improve air quality. The West Coast and traveling abroad also fuels my love for nature and peeks my interest in local flora. So, three years ago I started Green With Envy and have had great experiences meeting new people. I pursued my certification as a florist and now enjoy teaching and participating in programs for local schools and care facilities. In additional to community involvement, I believe in promoting local crafters and small businesses. I am proud to be a part of Giving Gifts and Company, a local co-operative on Main Street and East 30th Avenue. We learn about each others skills and products and share our resources and knowledge.
Your creations – especially the air plants and succulent bouquets – are gorgeous. Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration from our West Coast, specifically, Tofino/Ucluelet; Pacific Spirit Park and beaches. I incorporate a natural/organic element to each of my pieces. I may include a bit of exotic as well. I’m also inspired by travels abroad (i.e. South America, Australia and Africa). I’m very interested in flora native to specific countries. I can often be found with plant guides learning about medicinal plants. I’m also fascinated by unusual and resiliant plants such as air plants (tillandsias) where no soil is required and there is enough moisture and nutrients in the air for them to thrive. I encourage people to touch and smell plants to get the full experience. I usually bring a few plants as teaching specimens and enjoy answering questions.
What can participants of your DIY terrarium workshop expect from their session with you?
Participants will have a hands on “green” experience. These mini-eco systems will provide a great learning experience for children and adults. Supplies will include vintage jars, individuals will select from a variety of succulents and a variety of embellishments to decorate and personalize their terrariums. A great opportunity to make new friends!
In addition to the DIY workshop, what will you be exhibiting?
I’ll also bring a variety of air plants, they are a big hit at shows.
What drew you to join the lovely folks of Got Craft? at Maker Faire this year?
I’ve attended a few Got Craft? events and recently met Andrea and Robert. They are awesome. I’ve also been involved in school projects where succulents and air plants were used in Mother’s Day gifts. So, the Maker Faire is a perfect match. I like the concept of the Maker Faire and it’s a great way to involve kids of any age!
DIY Terrarium Building Workshop with Green with Envy
When: Saturday, June 1st & Sunday, June 2nd 2013
Time: 10:30am, 12pm, 2:30pm, 4pm Daily
Cost: $35 (includes terrarium and take-home tote bag)
Tip: bring your own trinkets to personalize your creation!
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