World Show…world class designs

GCA by DesignCongratulations to The Editor for four fabulous years of “GCA By Design”!! We have been delighted with the expanded format (64 pages), and The Editor’s creative eye for content, sent forth with creative layout and design. This issue features Mrs. Gold Medal’s winning WAFA Design on the cover and a bevy of other WAFA designs from the US participants. Congratulations to them all.  BRAVA to The Editor!

Living Art Gold MedalMrs. Gold Medal won a gold medal for her striking design in Light Flow, staged on a shelf 39” wide x 14” deep x 14” high, standing 48” from the floor. Don’t you love the many varieties of plant material that make the rainbow?

 Light Flow Silver MedalThere are twenty exhibitors in each class at WAFA – no pressure there to do well, right?? This is the silver medal in Light Flow.

Living Art Bronze MedalLight Flow – the bronze medal. In this class, there were actually only 19 exhibitors. But the clamor for entries in the show, meant they added an extra class altogether. I am indebted to Mrs. Gold Medal for these and the photos that follow in a longer than normal post but with little comment. Please enjoy the great beauty.

WAFA Best In Show Quietude2014 WAFA Best in Show and gold medal winner in Quietude.

 Quietude detail of designA detail of its construction shows meticulous craftsmanship. In the World Show, everything, unless it is a minor detail, has to be created on the spot, in the allotted six hours to complete the design.

 Delight in the Detail Gold Delight in the Details was staged with a supplied frame, measuring roughly 24”w x 17” h. This gold medal winner subtly treated the entire metal frame as a setting for the delicate blooms and branches.

Delight in the Detail pink callasCurvilinear forms repeat in vibrant pinks in the silver medalist in Delight in the Details

Delight in the Details weavingDelight in the Details – notice the details of the Aspidistra leaf top left.

 detail woven leafThis Aspidistra leaf is a perfect example of a little (non-dominant) detail that may be done ahead of the show.

Delight in the Detail bronzeIntriguing depth is achieved by repeating rectangular forms of the bronze medalist of Delight in the Details.

 Gold UK Living Art Living Art was one of several floor designs. Staging for this class had a 7’ high backdrop. This gold medal winner featured a burst of many vibrant pink orchids.

Living Art gold closeupA close-up shows the attention to detail on the loops.

Living Art designGladiolus never looks so modern as they do in this entry in Living Art.   If you are reading this on the website, you will see a close-up of the design in the banner.

 Living Art design yellow and red

The space for Living Art was 48″ w x 19″ deep.  I love this dramatic design, with its cascading paint of flowers.

Winter Solstice Gold Exquisite patience is the hallmark of the meticulous craftsmanship of this gold medal winner in Winter Solstice, another floor design.

Winter Solstice for depthFrom the side, the depth and texture of the framing device is very clear. The texture is created by hundreds of pine cone scales.  All this work had to be done at the show!!   These designs and many more are on the WAFA website – have a look: Thank you to Mrs. Gold Medal for sharing all the wonderful photos and congratulations again.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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3 Responses to World Show…world class designs

  1. Sarah Ribeiro says:

    You said it !!! Mrs. Gold Medal out did herself with her fabulous WAFA design !! And this issue of By Design spectacular!!

  2. Andrew says:

    I have to say that it is marvelous Job. Awesome creativity with flowers, Nice to see this post and I will also try to do some work like this. Interesting work I enjoy and love it.

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