Rosy future for Tattooed Florist at Barking & Dagenham College
PUBLISHED: 12:00 26 September 2015
A budding florist has put down his roots in the college which taught him his trade.
Charlie Makaveli – or The Tattooed Florist, as he is known – officially opened Blooming Delicious in Barking & Dagenham College last week, after 18 months of running a flower shop on the campus alongside his studies.
“We put our own business plan forward and won one of the shops,” explained dad-of-two Charlie. “In the last 18 months I was running a shop on my own, and I then submitted a business plan to take it on myself.”
In the past, Charlie, 31, has played football professionally for West Ham and then Liverpool F.C. and worked long shifts as a pediatric nurse.
But floristry has been a long-harboured dream for the Hornchurch resident.
“I’m intrigued by constructural designs, I like doing pieces where instead of just flowers there’s an actual interior design.
“I like to create floral artwork. Anyone can put flowers in a vase, but it’s about how you do it.”
As well as spaceship flowers and boutique designs, Charlie has also created unique rainbow roses – but can’t share the secret.
“One way of creating them has been patented by a Dutchman, so I had to set about another way of trying. It took me about seven months and cost me nearly a thousand pounds.”
As well as selling to members of the public and college and staff students on the Rush Green campus, Charlie also provides arrangements for conferences and corporate occasions.
“It’s been a dream of mine since I was a boy,” he admitted. “I particularly love anything I can put in a reception area, which isn’t just flowers in a vase or box.
“I want people to look at it and to think: ‘That’s artwork’.”
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Blooming Delicious is open in Barking and Dagenham College from 9am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays and on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
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