After attending primary and secondary horticultural school, Johan Martens (1962) attended the master florist's course in Vught. Through contacts he then became an arranger. At one time he owned a florist's shop and a garden centre, but nowadays he works full-time as a self-employed arranger and florist. "Creativity and business worries do not go well together", he explains.
Through contacts he then became an arranger. At one time he owned a florist's shop and a garden centre, but nowadays he works full-time as a self-employed arranger and florist. "Creativity and business worries do not go well together", he explains.
2003 arranger party 300 year st petersburg Russia (ressponsible for the flowers of winterpaleis, nevsky prospekt, marinsky theatre and fair)
2004 one of the arrangers who was ressponsible for decorations of the Kathedral in for the wedding of the Crown Prince Philippe en prinses Letitzia
2005 winner of the 'prestige de diamant' (international competion)
2006 weddingshow florazon
2006 show florazon
2007 masterflorist wintershow Florazon
2008 masterflorist wintershow Florazon
2009 masterflorist The Circle of Life, Florazon
2009 masterflorist The Circle of Life, rothirst zwitserland
2009 Ambassador just chrys (bloemenbureau holland)
2009 member arrangers team Flower Toppers
Where styles are concerned
Johan prefers taut flower arrangements with plenty of diversity. "Occasionally I choose classical
but usually I place the emphasis on the modern and cheerful. That is the style I prefer." When it comes to products
Johan has no real preferences. He feels that all products present their own challenges: "You can even create something special with an over-familiar product such as the carnation
provided you make the effort." Johan likes to follow the seasons
especially spring and summer. With regard to colours
he likes to see how far he can go. "What will just do
and what will not? I enjoy working on the margins of the acceptable
just as I enjoy working with contrasts in shape and texture."
Johan took part in the Dutch Championships in 1997 and 1998 (and reached the finals) and won second place at the 1998 international Tivoli Cup festival in Copenhagen. He has worked for "Vakbeurs Fleur" and the "Internationale Bloemen Vaktentoonstelling" and held workshops for Holland Flower Council in the Netherlands, Belgium and Finland. In his work he opts for versatility. He regularly decorates exhibitions, competitions and shops (the latter only if he has enough creative freedom) and gives demonstrations.