A few weeks ago I was contacted by Solway Flower Club in regards to doing a demonstration for them in 2016 as they were organising their calendar. I was pleased they had asked me to agreed to be contacted to arrange this, however a couple of days later I was contacted by their secretary Maureen to see if I could fill in at the last minute for their September demonstration. To which I said yes as I thought it would help promote my new business.
First of all I had to pick a theme for my demonstration, this time of year would usually depict an autumn theme or a harvest festival theme, but I wanted to mix things up a bit so chose an 'Indian Summer' theme, in hope we may actually get some decent weather! So I began researching Indian culture and native flowers so that my arrangements were authentic.
For my first arrangement I did a modern square design using bright orange and cerise pink flowers. My inspiration for this came from the gardens of the Taj Mahal which conforms to garden design of its era which were split into four sections.
My next arrangement used sliced oranges and lemons which are native to Indian due to it hot climate. I placed these in the bottom of a glass bowl so that the pattern could be seen at the base of the design. I used sparkly twigs to give some height and used yellow roses and orange gerberas to match the fruit.
My third design was a suspended orchid arrangement which I place twisted pieces of coloured aluminium wire and orchids into a tall cylinder vase, alternating between the two to give a suspended look. Then fully submerged the flowers in water. Orchid and other flowers with a waxy texture are great for submerging in water. Although a simple design it has a huge impact.
My fourth design used a coloured glass bowl which looked like traditional Indian vase. I used purple lisianthus, green chrysanthemum blooms and orange gerberas in groups for maximum impact.
My final and favourite design of the evening was a Bollywood inspired bridal Handtied bouquet. When I researched Indian wedding flowers I found that they typically carry bright bold colours with lots of bling and sparkle. I used some gold baubles wired into the bouquet and used gold ribbon on the handle. Then place it next to bronze elephant ornaments!
As this was my first ever demonstration I was really nervous and worried the club members wouldn't like my design as they are modern and non traditional but the members seemed to really like my designs as they were so different and were simple and easy for them to duplicate.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening and hope to be invited to demonstrate again there in the future!
With thanks to everyone at The Solway Flower Club.