November 2019 Expressions Newsletter

EMC Welcomes Newest Graduates

On September 16, 2019, the EMC Family welcomed the newest Alumni from EMC China, EMC Italy, EMC North America and EMC Belgium who participated in the EMC Advanced Brugge from September 9-16, 2019.  This group made history by being the first to receive the newly Accredited EMC Certificate.  This certificate is officially recognized and certified by the Belgium Chamber of Commerce as well as The Royal Belgium Floral Association. Their EMC journey included numerous days of advanced theory, a trip to Paris, a day out in Brugge and many social evenings together.  Also, as many of us who are EMC Alumni remember fondly, the EMC Advanced Students earned their certification by passing the nomenclature exam as well as the practical, oral and...

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August 2019 Expressions Newsletter

EMC to Participate at Fleuramour 2019

With a EMC Fleuramour Team comprised of EMC Subscribed Members and Core Educational Team, EMC is preparing for participating in Fleuramour 2019: Back to the Future.  On Friday 27 September, EMC will be present at the first ever POP UP Stand at Fleuramour, an event hosted by EMC educational Partner REKAD.  Every 30 minutes, there will be a demonstration in the Pop Up, along with opportunities for the public to engage with graduates and the EMC bvba.

On Saturday 28 September 2019, the 2nd Annual EMC Family Day will again take place at Fleuramour.  The day will be filled with an EMC Pit Demonstration, a hands on workshop given by French Master Designer Frederic Dupre, a lecture series by Belgian Master Moniek Vanden Burghe entitled An...

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July 2019 Expression Newsletter

EMC makes a strong presence at AIFD AWAKEN S Symposium

As the International Floral Community came together in Las Vegas from 6-10 July for the American Institute of Floral Designer (AIFD) Annual Symposium, the EMC family was also very active during this event.  EMC had the opportunity to get together for a reunion at the Beer Park where graduates, students and the EMC bvba shareholders gathered.  During this gathering, Hitomi Gilliam, retired co-founder of EMC, was the guest of honor for her years of dedication and service. 

Many EMC Graduates and Students, including Stacey Carlton AIFD EMC, Arthur Williams AIFD EMC, Sherene Tan AIFD EMC, Summer Kwak EMC, Alejandro Figueria AIFD, were part of the Wabi Sabi Stage presentation that opened Symposium. 

Also, Julia...

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June 2019 Expression Newsletter

EMC explores Techniques in Valencia

From 11-12 June 2019, EMC Technique Instructor Dalia Bartolotti EMC conducted the First EMC Technique Course in Europe at Mercaflor, Valencia, Spain.  "It was a very diverse group of designers," Dalia explains. "The skill level was very high and the designers were experienced and very professional.  Many owned their own floral businesses." 

The course took place at an exception facility and was hosted by Paco  Medina Mateos, a talented Spanish Floral Artist from Madrid.  "Thanks to Paco, we are able to source and provide locally grown botanicals for this EMC experience as well as Alexandra Farm Roses," comments Dalia. "The dahlias were incredibly beautiful and stunning!"

Thanks to the Sponsorship of OASIS Spain and a contest...

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May 2019 Expressions Newsletter

EMC Well Represented at First Lady's Luncheon in Washington DC

Six members of the EMC Family were honored to be a part of the Certified American Grown design team at the 107th Annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington DC.  Representing every graduating class as well as the present student class, under the co-leadership of Christi Lopez AIFD, EMC (Class of 2016), designers Carrie Wilcox EMC (Class of 2012), Julia Marie P Schmitt AIFD, EMC, ICPF, PFCI, (Class of 2014), Jennifer Baker EMC (Class of 2016), Jennifer Figge EMC (Class of 2018) and present EMC Student Pia Geragthy designed centerpieces, flower walls, head table pieces and 1200 corsages for three days in the heart of the US Capitol. 

   

Sue Yamaguchi AIFD, EMC  Joins EMC Core Team

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Alexandra Farms hosts Educational Partner EMC at Garden Rose Farm in Bogotá, Colombia

Alexandra Farms hosted their international educational partner European Master Certification (EMC) for a week-long session in Bogotá, Colombia from March 25-30. Eleven members of EMC’s Core Educational Team, coming from different countries and backgrounds, all speaking the language of EMC nomenclature, Elements and Principles, eagerly took in the beauty of the farm, the vibrancy of Bogotá, and the history of rose growing in Colombia. The EMC Core Team consists of designers from Romania, Belgium, Switzerland and the United States who are event and wedding designers, freelancers and retail flower shop owners.

 

“The idea to organize our EMC team building with our partner is a testimony to the power of collaboration,” explains Tomas De Bruyne, the...

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April 2019 Expression Newsletter

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Alexandra Farms hosts Educational Partner EMC at Bogota, Colombia

From 25-30 March 2019, 11  members of the EMC Core Educational Team was hosted by International Educational Partner Alexandra Farm in Bogota, Colombia.   Alexandra Farms’ President Jose Azout treated the EMC Core Team to a once in a life time experience of touring two rose farms including interacting with the roses in the new variety block.   They also experienced the production and post production process of the 60 different varieties grown on two different Alexandra Farms including the David Austin Rose Block.  At the end of the tour,  the team helped Alexandra Farms determine which of the 200 test varieties contain the characteristics that fulfill the requirements of florist and...

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Cycle of Life

emc graduates Sep 15, 2018

It is safe to say that life is a funny thing with unexpected surprises which makes you take notice and reflect.  For years, EMC students have been assigned different projects to complete during Part II SELF-PRACTICUM.

Design by Greg Lum AIFD CFD EMC 

This assignment is fascinating and in reality, is a ‘tell all’ about the student.  Historically, it shows the Instructors and Teaching Assistant who the student designer is most inspired by, the style that is closest to his or her heart and what level of design he or she is aspiring to achieve.  It is very common for the students to pick the big international names such as Tomas De Bruyne, Hitomi Gilliam, Gregor Lersch, Monique Vanden Berghe, Pim van den Akker and the list of European Designers goes on and...

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Your Knowledge. Your Success. Our Passion

emc graduates Jul 14, 2018

Your Knowledge. Your Success. Our  Passion.  These words to some might seem just a motto, a logo, a nice sentiment.  But as EMC has grown and evolved, these 6 little words are very prophetic.  Eight years ago when Tomas De Bruyne and Hitomi Gilliam AIFD started the European Master Certification Program, it was fulfilling a need in North America.  EMC provided an opportunity to florist craving the European Design Process an avenue to learn the craftsmanship and floral education offered in Europe. Almost a decade later, the graduates and students are now shining brightly in the international floral industry.

Recently, EMC was well represented in the Farewell issue of Flowers& July 2018 Design Contest.  EMC Student Lea Romanoswki AIFD, CAFA took the first...

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