TESSA SLADE - FLORAL DESIGNER
Nelani van Zyl Photography
Hello and welcome!
After graduating from a three year design course, I interned for two floral wedding businesses in Cape Town. In 2015, my husband and I moved to San Francisco where I worked at two floral studios before landing a position as one of the leading floral designers at an upmarket boutique flower designer in the heart of Silicon Valley serving customers from Stanford University, Instagram, Facebook and Google to name a few.
Creating beautifully crafted flower arrangements for clients in the hustle of a florist studio, is where I flourish; my creativity blossoms and it's a place that makes my heart happy. I would describe my floral arrangements as garden style with a modern twist. Watching the movement of flowers and foliage as they fall whimsically into place with their line, form, and shape, accentuating the natural colours brings this heart to hand craft alive.
Aside from gaining experience working overseas, I was grateful for the travelling that we were able to do. I was continuously inspired and found myself immersed in all things floral from splashes of colourful flowers in Mexico, to rambling roses in London; from tulips in Amsterdam to rainbows of crunchy autumn leaves in Seattle - not forgetting the romantic flower window boxes in Paris. I even had the privilege of meeting the renowned Kiana Underwood from Tulipina and attending her lecture during the launch of her book Color me Floral in San Francisco!
Now that I am back in beautiful Cape Town, I have built a studio space where I can express my creativity and boundless admiration for all the floral design concepts and colour palettes that have inspired me along the way, merging them into my own floral designs.
"If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden."
- Frances Hodgson Burnett