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Stacey Carlton, AIFD, CFD, right, works with a Kishwaukee College floral design students on creating a wristlet. Carlton was a guest presenter to the floral design classes as part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD). Carlton spent the day with the students, demonstrating techniques in the morning and then working with the students individually for a hands-on design experience in the afternoon.

KC hosts floral design AIR student workshop

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Kishwaukee College Floral Design Department hosted a guest designer as part of the Artist In Residence (AIR) program offered through the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) on Tuesday, February 19 at the College. Students in Janet Gallagher’s Floral Design class watched a demonstration by Stacey Carlton, AIFD, CFD, in the morning and then created pieces with her during the afternoon for hands-on experience.

Stacey Carlton is currently the floral design specialist at Whole Foods Market in the South Loop of Chicago and works with a downtown event company on a freelance basis. She has studied Ornamental Horticulture in college, as well as through many workshops and special classes from both international and domestic designers. She is a gifted designer who incorporates many aspects of nature into her designs, creating unique designs that reflect nature’s beauty in new ways. During her day with the Kishwaukee College students, she demonstrated and led the students through creating “wristlets” and composites as well as more traditional centerpiece designs.

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 (AIFD), visit www.aifd.org; for more on Stacey Carlton, visit www.staceycarlton.com. 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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