Sculptural Bouquets & Permanent Arrangements
David Mulkey has been a free-lance Floral Designer for the last several years in San Francisco.
David has actually been working with plants since he was about 3-4 years old! He had a plastic tractor to dig up weeds and would take them to him Mother (…pretty clever of his Mom, I’d say!)
David’s Father’s relatives were also vegetable gardeners, so David was actually a Third Generation Gardener!
He lived in Bakersfield, CA, but then went to college at University of Washington. He lived in the Seattle area for about 8 years. (His parents still live in the Tri-Cities area of Washington State.)
David moved to Hawaii where he began designing gardens for a while.
He then worked in a lei shop in Honolulu---and then managed a little Korean flower shop in Honolulu Chinatown as its floral designer. At that point, he began taking pictures of what he did for his portfolio.
Through his amazing portfolio, David secured a job at FLORIST GRAND, which is regarded as the Honolulu “King” of Florists for all of the Hotels there. He says he learned the important elements of floral design while he was working for Florist Grand.
In September of 2012, David moved to San Francisco----and started working for IXIA Florists on his first day in the City!!!!! As we all know, IXIA has an amazing “specialty look”---and their windows, many of which are David’s designs, are renowned.
David was the head designer for IXIA for about four years---until the spring of 2016. At that point, he knew that he needed to follow his art/heart elsewhere….
Now he is free-lancing ----and working on all kinds of independent projects:
---for Larry Ellison
---the Academy of Sciences
---Claremont Hotel restaurant
---lots of local society functions
---Sales Force (the new “tallest building” in SF)
David is going to do two things for us:
He’s going to show us photos of some of the gorgeous windows he’s designed for IXIA---and maybe some other pieces…
And then David is going to lead us through his design process of arranging a “permanent arrangement”---which some lucky person will take home!