Our gala show is essentially a chance to show off, it’s a competition that’s worth 40% of our final grade and if that wasn’t enough pressure, it’s a public show after where people from the floral design industry as well as from the Fashion design and Visual merchandising arts industry come to see our work. It’s also open to family and friends. Note there is also a fashion show from the fashion design students and setups from the Visual merchandising arts students. So it’s kind of a big deal
What we are required to do for the competition is to prepare an armature with sticks and flowers (but only 1/3 of the arrangement can be flowers). Now what is an armature you may be asking? Well according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary this is what an armature is: a frame used by a sculptor to support a figure that is being modeled. Which isn’t wrong however for this project we were just making sculptures out of pussy willow, birch, curly willow and dog wood.
Each student had to come up with a design of their own that was unique. Some people chose to take inspiration from everyday objects such as birds’ nests, picture frames, hour glasses, and music boxes. Whereas others used their own imaginations to come up with a natural looking piece. I chose a bit of both. I knew I wanted to do something with a circular shape but after my first idea was rejected I was stumped, until I saw a fellow students earrings. They were shaped in an elongated S with diamonds that were smaller at the top than got larger towards the bottom. I loved the idea of reproducing it, however there was the huge issue of balance (damn you gravity!), so I had to think of a way to keep it balanced. I than came up with the design style that sat on my podium at last week’s gala. I decided to make balls that start off big than get smaller and smaller as the arrangement curves. I decided to make the whole structure out of pussy willow with all the fuzzy things (catkins) removed.
· A mass flower; big but not so big I couldn’t insert it in the smaller balls
· Bright vibrant colour
· Not your typical every day flower; no carnations, no roses, no gerberas
· Long lasting
· Not something that flower shops ever/rarely get in
And then I thought of Gloriosa lilies! They’re a bright unusual lily that isn’t often brought in due to its price, which is what caused it to get denied by my professor whom was managing the flower budget. I than continued to stress over my flower choice for a bit, to the point where I considered using carnations… gag. I ended up with the most vibrant colour of burgundy mokara orchids that I have ever seen!
On the day set up went smoothly my arrangement arrived with little damage and was finished in just over an hour. The evening show went wonderful. I got tons of compliments from everyone, and I had to agree with them because I love the arrangement I created. Here are some pictures from the wonderful evening!