20 January 2011
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My creative career began as Resident Visual Artist for Winsor and Newton- a fantastic situation considering that I had access to an unlimited supply of high quality art and craft material to experiment with and promote in art shows, demonstrations, workshops, writing creative how-to articles in magazines and show case on television and radio.
I am still passionate about developing craftsmanship in design work, only now my medium is mostly plant material. As Floral Artist I mainly work as a design skills developer and floral craftsmanship instructor. I also demonstrate, compete in competitions and take part in design shows as a member of the World Association of Flower Arrangers.
I have been featured in and have contributed columns, articles and designs to educational programs, online, on TV, radio and in printed publications
and I write and design articles for the Canadian Florist Magazine discussing floral craftsmanship
And I am a contributing designer and columnist for DIY Weddings Magazine. My article explores the often contrasting seasonal trends in floral designs and how a do-it-yourself bride or groom can customize the details for their own wedding.
I have always been playing with flowers. As a little girl I used to spend hours weaving and building fairy castles from twigs and petals. I find that I still use the techniques I made up then.
But I do have two College Certificates, one in more traditional Flower Arranging and one in Retail Floristry (Small Business Management). My lecturer encouraged me to look into the Floral Art side of Floristry because I loved challenging myself to find an unusual way of designing.
After my studies I also did a Floral Art apprenticeship and designed and competed in competitions as a Beginner and then an Intermediate designer for an additional 4 years before I was awarded my Advanced Florist Accreditation (or Master Florist as it's known in many countries) from the World Association of Flower Arrangers in 2010
In 2009 I won an award for the best Intermediate Designer in the Floral Trends Design Group Show.
Some of my Competitions Designs:
In 2012 I staged a design in the Great Hall of Government House in British Columbia's capitol Victoria, Canada to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee and the 20th Anniversary of Friends of Government House Gardens Society.
I received a ribbon award from the Friends of Government House Gardens Society for my design.
In 2011 I won a Silver Award and Second Place at the World Association of Flower Arranger's 10th International Flower Show in Boston (USA) "This Glorious Earth"
WAFA 10th International Flower Show in Boston USA: This Glorious Earth
The World Association of Flower Arrangers (WAFA) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of International Floral Art Societies. WAFA is the global authority on floral design and aesthetics, acting as a governing body by coordinating floral art events and standards for its 32 member countries. Through its worldwide scope, WAFA enhances the diversity of the floral art form by transcending international cultural barriers and bringing together fresh ideas.
For more information about the show visit:
WAFA Ireland will host the 11th World Flower Show. It will take place in the Royal Dublin Society in Ballsbridge, Dublin on Wednesday 18th June to Sunday 22nd June 2014. For updates of the show visit:
Most Innovative Designer Award at the South African Flower Union Congress Show 2010
I won my final Gold Ribbon at the South African Flower Union Congress in 2010 (as an Intermediate Level designer) and was awarded my Advanced Florist Accreditation.
Veiled Sunshine Floral Art design for 50th Anniversary of the South African Orchid Society Competition at the Cape Town Convention Centre
Helderberg Floral Fantasy Show. I won a Silver Award (for my Competition/Exhibition Table Setting) and a Gold Award (for my Contemporary Competition design)
South African Horticultural Society Show, Western Cape, South Africa.