Friends of TPFC: Providing Colour Solutions

In this podcast, we are in conversation with Jodi Duncan of Design Master. Design Master is a company that provides colour solutions to the fresh floral industry. Internationally, they are associated with Oasis-Smithers.

Jodi herself has years of experience as a fresh floral designer and she is very well known in the fresh floral industry. Her knowledge about the colour products is astounding. At the 2019 Masterclass, she demonstrated how to use Design Master products on both fresh and paper flowers. We love using Design Master spray paints because they come in a wide spectrum of colours, are light weight enough to sit on top of the crepe papers, and dry in a few second, so we are excited to hear from Jodi that our paper flower community is now on Design Master’s radar.

Listen to Jodi as she talks with Quynh, Jessie and Priscilla, about her involvement in Design Master and how she believes her products can help our community.

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Friends of TPFC: Chatting with the Crepe Paper King

In our second podcast, we are chatting it up with the king of crepe paper (at least on this side of the ocean), Mike Benson of Carte Fini. Carte Fini is based on San Diego, California and it is an online distributor of Cartotechnica Rossi Italian crepe paper and ships worldwide.

We first met Mike at the 2019 Masterclass in Monroe, Washington, where he generously sponsored part of our swag bag for the attendees. He even enthusiastically participated in paper flower making for the first time (and did a darn good job!). Mike is a generous supporter of our craft and has made it his mission to work with our community to promote emerging and established artists alike.

Listen to Mike as he talks with Quynh, Jessie and Priscilla, about his entry into the paper flower industry, his involvement with artists, and his take on the growth of the crepe paper community in the PAPER TALK PODCAST.

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Artist Spotlight: Wendy Middaugh

After our return from our first ever Masterclass, it became obvious to us that there was a strong desire amongst the attendees that they wanted to learn more about each other and share the joys and frustration of their paper flower journey; however they had no platform, other than The Paper Florist Facebook Group, to do this. While The Paper Florist Facebook Group is a wonderful place to share our art and quickly talk techniques without judgment, we felt we needed another platform that would allow us to engage with our members on a more intimate and personal level.

To address this need, we decided to start a podcast so we could engage directly with members and celebrate their beautiful paper flower making through thoughtful and engaging discussions on a monthly basis.

In our very first podcast, we are featuring the wonderful Wendy Middaugh of WJM Paper Floral Designs. Wendy resides just southwest of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, U.S.A. She’s been making paper flowers for about 1.5 years, picking up the craft via YouTube tutorials. She currently works full time as a lab technician, however, you can find her making paper flowers all the time and selling them via her website, WJM Paper Floral Designs. She’s also got a Instagram presence, sharing her craft with her followers under @wjmpaperfloraldesigns.

Listen to Wendy as she talks with Quynh, Jessie, and Priscilla, about her paper flowers, her growing business, and her paper flower journey, on the PAPER TALK PODCAST.

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