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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.
We started 2016 with a successful skills night on February 16th when some of our own members showed us a few techniques. Noreen showed us how to use wax and glue to create new designs and how to cut different sized rounds from leaves to pin or glue them to make contemporary designs. Elizabeth showed us various ways of manipulating Aspidistra leaves and Rosie showed us how to make different structures. Then Haeztra showed us the techniques of weaving and plaiting a flax leaf to make a three ply braid and a five ply braid.
Our bench was full with lots of entries for ‘Summer time’ and the horticultural ‘something from your garden’ seemed to be popular with a ‘spike, stem or truss’. See below for all the bench items and some of the arrangements we made on the day using the new techniques we learnt.
We had the Annual General Meeting in September chaired by Leanne Mason, secretary of the Waverley Garden Club. Rhonda Dare joined the committee along with Noreen (president), Elizabeth (secretary), Rosie (treasurer), Alicja, Haeztra, Jenny, Jo, Ria and Sandra. Noreen showed us some new techniques she learnt in Bunbury at the Blooming Arts Exhibition recently. Then we had a Dutch auction where we bought pre-loved floral art goodies at bargain prices to raise money for the group.
Members from Ashburton, Brighton, BoxHill and Vermont floral art groups came to celebrate our 53rd birthday with us in October when Heather Harrington, president of the Sale Floral Art Group did a fantastic demonstration of traditional designs. We were fascinated as she explained the traditional design details and showed us Topiary, Garland, Beidermeier and Symmetrical design on a pedestal. A big thank you to Heather for travelling all the way from Sale to be with us and sharing her talents.
We shared Kris Kringle and a delicious supper whilst making contemporary Christmas designs in the shape of a star at the December meeting. We had fun adding various Christmas decorations to paperbark covered stars (see the photos under the Xmas photo gallery). The Christmas bench designs were judged by popular vote. Jenny got the first prize and Linda got the second prize. Congratulations to the aggregate bench winners for the year — Noreen in Open, Sandra in Intermediate, Benu in Novice, Rosie in Wired Work and Haeztra in ‘From the Garden’.
The June meeting happened to be on a very cold winters night. But we had lots of enthusiastic members turn up to learn about the schedule for the upcoming show. The bench items were off the show schedule and our president Noreen explained the show schedule in detail and demonstrated the Tatami technique. Elizabeth explained the importance of the size of the bench space allowed vs the size of the design.
In July, Noreen surprised us all with a mystery bag of goodies for the impose workshop meeting. Each one of us got a black square container along with wool, polystyrene balls, pink curly ting tings, pink proteas, flax, cineraria silver dust and geranium leaves and we all managed to make up so many different designs with them. The bench was again ‘from the show schedule’ and camellias.
As it was just after our busy Floral Art show weekend in August, we had a relaxing night watching the slide shows of Dublin show and other floral art shows worldwide whilst enjoying a lovely supper and great fellowship.
At the May meeting we had the pleasure of watching the talented florist Janet Alesich demonstrate to us. It was wonderful to watch her create 5 beautiful designs using sticks, feathers, clay washed marine-ply, swirling seed pods, billy buttons and bark. Thank you Janet for sharing your creativity with us. We had “a traditional table centre” and “a corsage including a structure” for the bench.
We had a very successful pre-Mother’s day promotion at the Brandon Park Shopping Centre on Friday the 8th of May. We surprised many shoppers by giving away ribboned and wrapped roses for Mother’s day whilst promoting our Floral Art Group and activities.
We were very fortunate to have our very own president Noreen show us how to make a Contemporary Table Design using the weaving technique she learnt at one of Andy Uomo Djati’s workshops in Adelaide last year. All of us then tried making these and had lots of fun weaving liriope, flax, rafia and ribbons around Satay sticks. The bench designs were titled ‘St Patricks Day’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.
At the April meeting Elizabeth and Jenny did a workshop on Traditional Horizontal Massed or Line Table Centre designs. We watched them first and then made some very pretty arrangements. For the bench we had ‘Contemporary Table Design’ and ‘stem, spike or truss’ was the horticultural item.