One of the great opportunities open to members of GCA clubs is the opportunity to attend the Flower Arranging Study Group Workshops. This month the workshop was held in Vancouver BC where we made our headquarters at the Four Seasons Hotel. Uber-talented Hitomi Gilliam was our inspired teacher for 3 days of intense design immersion.
Our intrepid and delightful leader, JJJ, brought her Southern charm and indefatigable energy to the huge task of organizing our five-day sojourn, which included a city tour led by Hitomi on the beautiful day above. At the end of the week, she charged us to go forth and share what we learned. So two days later, I did!
More pieces of Cornus were shaped into an orb, using black zip ties to hold them in place. Fresh Cornus well hydrated is easy to bend and shape – gently!! Later the zip ties were trimmed flush with the stems.
At Princeton, a quantity of black rocks were placed over the Styrofoam, but only enough to barely cover them. If the Styrofoam had been pan-glued in, water could have been placed in the container and the lilies could have sat in it. As it was, they were tubed and zip tied on the Cornus. Finally, a fall of deep ruby colored Amaranth added another texture.
A stunning design of Heliconia with the willow sticks utilizes vibrant lime green loops of midolino coiling around the vertical thrust of the design. A big shout out to JJJ and Hitomi– thank you thank you – it was the best! And GC of Princeton – thank you too!!