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Rosie led us in another wiring workshop where we made beautiful wired posies. We learnt the techniques of wiring different leaves and flowers and put them together to make pretty little bouquets. The bench was titled “horizontal designs” which we learnt last month. “Stem, Spike and Truss ” was “from the garden”.
Noreen conducted a workshop on horizontal layered design at our April meeting. Using various dried and fresh materials along with flowers, leaves, bark and twigs we made some beautiful arrangements with horizontal lines as the dominant factor in the designs. We learnt how to create interest and areas of accents by using bold plant forms, different textures and contrasts of colours. ‘Designs including gluing techniques’ was the bench title and ‘foliage’ was the horticultural item.
At the March meeting we made wrist corsages and buttonholes whilst learning the gluing technique. Thanks to Rosie who showed and guided us in making interesting shapes with rustic wires before gluing flowers and leaves to create beautiful pieces. For the bench the title was ‘rhythm and flow’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.
We started the new year 2019 with a workshop focusing on ‘Elements and Principles’. Noreen showed us how to do a traditional design and then all of us attempted to make a traditional design using an O Bowl. The bench was filled with designs titled ‘Calm and cool’ and ‘From the Garden’ was a stem, spike or truss.
We ended the 2018 year with an informative evening led by Noreen. At the request of some of our members, Noreen showed us many samples of foliage and made suggestions on various ways in which we can use them in our floral art designs. It is easier to grow most of these plants at home ready to be used whenever we need them. Being the Christmas meeting, the bench was filled with Xmas wreaths and Sandra Fallu was judged the winner by popular vote.
During the meeting we all had the pleasure of witnessing our president Elizabeth Oberin being handed the ‘John Pascoe Fawkner Gold Award’ by the Royal Horticultural Society for her great contribution to floral art over the years. She is also the president of Victorian Floral Art Association Inc and is a very worthy recipient of this award. Congratulations Elizabeth!
The bench winners for 2018 were Noreen Donovan for Open, Ginta Pindard for Intermediate, and Binu Sreekumar for Novice. ‘Wired work’ was won by Sophie Ye and ‘From the garden’ was won by Haeztra Goonetilleke. We had lots of chatter sharing a delicious supper afterwards.
On the 16th of October, we celebrated our 56th Birthday when members from Box Hill, Brighton, Vermont Floral Art Groups and the Waverley Garden Club members joined us. Nicole Gibson who is the head teacher at Marjorie Milner College of Floristry was the guest demonstrator who was assisted by Susie Portelli. Nicole used to be a member of our floral art group and she showed us seven beautiful contemporary arrangements at the meeting. The night ended with a delicious supper and fellowship.
In August, we had our AGM and the president of the Waverley Garden Club came to chair the AGM elections. After serving the committee for many years, Ria left the committee this year. As it was just after our busy Floral Art show weekend in August, we had a relaxing night listening to Margaret Myers and Jan Impey talk about their latest trip to Japan with the garden club. They showed us some lovely garden pictures of their trip.
In September, we had a workshop on making wreaths. Elizabeth and Rosie showed us different ways of making wreaths – some with oasis, cane, willow, sticks and wires. Then we all had fun making wreaths with flowers, foliage, gum nuts, pine cones and moss. ‘A design using bundling’ was the title for the bench and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.