Marie Bradley became an Area Demonstrator for the North Midlands Area of NAFAS in 2017.
Retiring from a career in the NHS, Marie embarked upon a professional floristry qualification. She qualified in Level 3 floristry in 2006. Since then she has worked as a freelance florist. Her membership in the contemporary flower group Future Concepts has enabled her to continue to develop her floristry skills.
Marie gained teaching qualifications under the NHS umbrella – a Certificate in Further Education in 1988 and a Diploma in Adult Education in 1992. It was a natural progression to wish to demonstrate her floral art and become a NAFAS Area Demonstrator.
I am a qualified florist and have been part of the industry since 1987.
My passion for flowers has enabled me to explore different aspects of the trade from working in a Garden Centre, a high street Inter-flora Florist and then onto employment as a florist wholesaler. Throughout this journey I’ve accumulated a wealth of knowledge but what I find really appealing about working with flowers is the vast opportunity to always be able to learn more.
I gained teaching qualifications and have been a lecturer in FE teaching floristry qualifications for the past 16 years. Passing my skills and passion for flowers on to students keen to learn has been a great pleasure.
My most recent achievement was becoming an ‘Area Demonstrator’ for NAFAS in 2014 and I’m now enjoying the experiences which this brings.
Our Demonstrators 2019
May 1st - Workshop - "A Modern Structure"
February 6th - AGM + Steven Routledge, Floral Media, Caunton
June 5th - Demonstration by Alison Suffolk NAFAS Area Demonstrator
"You Never Know"
March 6th - Demonstration by Rebecca Newell, proprietor of Flowers by Rebecca
April 3rd - Demonstration by Marie Bradley, NAFAS Area Demonstrator
"Addicted to Strictly"
Each participant will need to bring;
· 8 flowers - 2 different types that are single blooms e.g. Gerbera, Roses or Carnations + Filler foliage
· A whole block of Oasis & a dish ( both may be purchased for £1.00 on the night)
· Foliage to cover the Oasis block - e.g. Laurel or Rhododendron leaves OR twigs
· Florist’s staples/mossing pins or wire to attach foliage/twigs
· Decorative pins if desired