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We started off the year with a ‘Back to Basics’ workshop. Noreen and Elizabeth spoke about the use of Oasis floral foam and the importance of conditioning the flowers. Then they showed us the differences between modern, traditional and contemporary designs. Noreen taught us the importance of the principles of Balance, Dominance, Contrast, Scale, Proportion, Rhythm, Unity and Harmony in floral design. We all had fun making a simple design and then discussing the tools we use to achieve a good design, namely the elements of space, line, colour, pattern, form and textures. The bench title was ‘Let’s Cool it’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.
At our October meeting we had a workshop on ‘ínverted crescent’. Thank you Noreen for showing us how to make such a lovely graceful design. ‘My Choice’ was the bench title and we had ‘ A decorated Gift Box’ for wired work. A stem, spike or truss was the horticultural item from the garden.
In November, Nola Shelley and Ria Henley were awarded life memberships by Marion Baker, president of the Waverley Garden Club. Both Nola and Ria have served in the committee for a combined total of 58 years! Ria is still a very valuable committee member although Nola stepped down a few years ago. Congratulations Ria and Nola!
This being the last meeting for the year, we celebrated Christmas with Kris Kringle, supper and by doing a lovely Christmas design using a table mat (shown by Elizabeth). We also donated Christmas gifts for the less fortunate at the Alamein Neighbourhood Centre. Vera Singleton memorial prize for the best aggregate in Open was won by Jenny. Ginta, Binu and Haeztra won the best aggregate for Intermediate, Novice and Horticultural respectively. The popular vote for the best Christmas design on the bench in November was won by Elizabeth. (Note – Christmas designs are placed in the Xmas Photo Gallery tab).
A month earlier than usual, we had our Birthday meeting in September this year. Barbara Horder from Sale Floral Art Group was the guest demonstrator who enthralled us with 6 wall hangings called “Recycled”. She used dried Leucodendron stems, grasses, lichen covered branches and used CDs to make these stunning designs. Members from Box Hill, Brighton, Vermont Floral Art Groups and Waverley Garden Club members joined us to celebrate our Birthday with a delicious supper afterwards.
July meeting was all about the upcoming Show and some of the committee members showed us how to design a few of the show schedule items. ‘Off the Show Schedule’ was the bench topic and we were given lots of tips on how to exhibit at the show and we learnt ‘what to do’ and ‘what not to do’ for our upcoming show. ‘Camellia’ was the topic for the ‘from the garden’ bench and we brought in quite a few different varieties from our gardens.
In August, we had our Annual General Meeting chaired by Marion Baker, the president of the Waverley Garden Club. Noreen was reelected as President and Elizabeth was reelected as the Secretary. Rosie continues as Treasurer whilst Ria, Joe, Rhonda, Sandra and Haeztra remain in the committee. A big thank you to Jenny and Alicja who left the committee this time after serving on the committee for several years.
After the AGM we enjoyed making a floating tea cup design. We had fun trying to balance the cup and saucer but ended up with so many pretty designs (as shown below). Thanks to Linda and others who shopped for the small tea cups, glue and prepared them ahead for us to fill with flowers.
At our June meeting Noreen showed us some of the designs that she demonstrated in Western Australia. On a cold wintry night we watched the expert at work. Thank you Noreen for inspiring us all. “Winter Branches” was the title for the bench and “stem, spike or truss” was for the “from the garden” item.
At the April meeting we had an impose night where we created very interesting oriental designs from the mystery bags filled with orchids, foliage, chopsticks, tatami sticks and bamboo. A big thank you to Elizabeth and Jenny for gathering all the supplies for us to be creative. The bench was filled with “Just Foliage” designs and “stem, spike or truss” from the garden.
In May, Noreen showed us how to make an Analogous Colour Harmony design and we enjoyed learning about the Colour Theory. The bench was ‘autumn colours’ and ‘foliage’ from the garden.
We were very fortunate to have our very own president Noreen conduct a wall hanging workshop in March 2016. Noreen taught us that “any design which hangs against a vertical surface” is defined as a wall hanging and this includes collage, swag, wreath, garland, plaque, decorative panel and modern wall hangings. We all had fun making different wall hangings with different styles of influence eg. traditional, modern, European, and contemporary. The bench designs were titled “It’s Easter” and “stem, spike or truss” was the horticultural item.