Twenty members had another very enjoyable and instructive day with Gill on Saturday. We had two very different sessions; the morning was spent producing a ‘contemporary Christmas screen using the lacing technique with a free standing arrangement’ and in the afternoon we used the caging technique ( and another way to use an aspidistra leave) to produce a Christmas coffee table arrangement.
Thank you Gill and also to Ann G and Penny for organising the day. Just a couple of pictures to give an idea of what was achieved.
We took a quick trip round London Theatreland with Kathy’s ‘All the World’s a Stage’ presentation this month.
Eliza’s (from ‘My Fair Lady’) hat was formed mainly from Black aspidistra leaves and avalanche roses. This was followed by a tropical ‘South Pacific’ arrangement. Fatsia, manipulated pandanus leaves and plaited palms were the main foliage together with heliconia , ginger flowers, Singapore orchids and cream anthuriums I wonder how many of us have tried plaiting the palm holding it between our knees?!!
We had an Egyptian theme next with an arrangement including raphis palm ,sunflowers, germini and lotus seed heads together with sparkling twigs and contrasting turquoise baubles. A Hogarth curve design represented ‘Blithe Spirit’ using soft ruscus for the outline and then enhanced by piccolo white eustoma and pink sweet avalanche roses giving an ethereal effect.
The ‘Sound of Music’ was represented by a parallel design. The foliage, grouped to provide contrast in texture, colour and shape, included fatsia, bergenia, garrya elliptica, variegated conifer and nutmeg bush. The verticals were formed from variegated carnations, Kermit germini and carnations together with aconitum.The final arrangement represented the Globe Theatre using soft palm, Anastasia chrysanthemums, box and anthuriums.
The designs were very varied in colour, design and shape; all equally attractive and they formed a lovely final stage display. Together with an entertaining and humorous commentary which was also instructive and displayed Kathy’s knowledge and love of floral art we all had a very enjoyable and inspiring evening. Thank you Kathy.