Plant Eat Man with Yan Skates

Last night, the gallery was once again awash with creativity as Enter Gallery artist and flamboyant star of Netflix’s Big Flower Fight, Yan Skates, hosted an evening of avant-garde flower arranging.  


Fans of Skates work flocked to Brighton to come and learn from this master florist.

For his Plant Eat Man workshop, Skates had tasked attendees with bringing along three ingredients with which to create their arrangements: something botanical, something edible and something man-made, and the results were quite spectacular!

In today’s blog, we’re revealing some of the insight Skates shared at the workshop, and showing off the works of art created by those that attended…

Flower Power

Prize-winning florist, Skates began the evening by revealing that his Plant-Eat Man style floral arrangements were born during lockdown, when he was driven to get creative, but had to make do with items he could find in the home.

To inspire the attendees with their creations, Skates showed some examples of his own Ikebana-style creations, featuring everything from condoms and mouldy fruit, to slices of Swiss cheese.


Skates’ directions for designs were clear – tune in to what your initial idea is, then choose the exact opposite! The night was all about breaking away from traditional floral designs, to create something weird, wonderful and truly unique. We think you’ll agree that our attendees really understood the assignment…




Also in attendance was Hannah Shillito, Skates’ collaborator for the Hannah Shillito x Yan Skates Collection, which sees floral bouquets displayed alongside swear words…such as the one pictured here.

You can view the entire cheeky collection here.

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