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KC hosts floral design AIR student workshop

Kim Oldis (right) works with Jamie Moore, a Kishwaukee College floral design student and owner of Petals To Parties in Dixon. Oldis was a guest presenter to the floral design classes as part of the Artist In Residence program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers.
Kim Oldis (right) works with Jamie Moore, a Kishwaukee College floral design student and owner of Petals To Parties in Dixon. Oldis was a guest presenter to the floral design classes as part of the Artist In Residence program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers.

The Kishwaukee College Floral Design Department hosted a guest designer last month as part of the Artist In Residence program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers at the college. Students in Janet Gallagher’s Floral Design class watched a demonstration by Kim Oldis in the morning and then created pieces with her during the afternoon for hands-on experience.

Oldis has been a member of American Institute of Floral Designers for more than 16 years and has worked in the floral industry for more than 40 years. She has been a retail shop owner, community college instructor, and freelance florist. She has served as the assistant director of the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, chaired the 2008 AIFD Symposium in Chicago, and designed for the 2004 Presidential Inauguration in Washington and for six Rose Bowl Parades, as well as the Academy Awards. She currently makes her home in LaConner, Wash.

While at Kishwaukee College, Oldis presented on “Making Corsage Concepts Happen” to the students, focusing on the mechanics of corsage design and basic techniques for corsage and wire work. The students worked under her supervision in the afternoon session on creating a duchess rose hand-held composition, wiring techniques, and creating specialty corsages.

The AIR program is offered through the AIFD to bring together industry professionals and floral design students at colleges and universities that have Student AIFD chapters. Kishwaukee College is one of only 14 colleges in the nation with an SAIFD chapter.  

For more information on the American Institute of Floral Designers, visit  www.aifd.org; for more information on the Floral Design Program at Kishwaukee College, call Janet Gallagher at 815-825-2086, ext. 2830, or email her at janet.gallagher@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

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