Flowers entwined by wool, a wall hanging created from chopsticks and a lampshade decorated with orchids and spray roses, the end of year Floristry degree exhibition at Writtle College showcased some fantastic talent.
Floral Fabulosity was held on 30 April at Writtle College and was a chance for the BA (Hons) Professional Floristry students to display the skills learnt on the course as well as their own creativity.
The students had to design and plan four pieces - a wedding bouquet, funeral tribute, hand-tied bouquet and studio exhibit - based on an interpretation of influences from their chosen international designer. The pieces were then constructed in a four hour timed exam and set up on display in the main lobby of the College.
A record number of visitors voted for their favourite exhibition. The result was a clear vote for exhibit 2 by Lucy Proctor, which was inspired by the work of Andy Djati Utomo. The lampshade studio piece really caught people’s attention and they commented on the detail of the folded leaves and small brooch in the wedding bouquet.
Feedback from the public was extremely positive for all of the exhibits and many expressed difficulty in choosing their favourite. There was also surprise that Holly Watkin’s wall hanging was created from chopsticks, reflecting the work of Damien Koh, whilst others loved the colours of the Per Benjamin-inspired work by Younghyun Kim.
Lucy was thrilled to receive the public vote. She said: “It was so daunting preparing for the exam and knowing what I had to achieve within the time, but it was a great sense of accomplishment to stand by my exhibit and talk to the visitors about my work. This is one day I won’t forget!”
Fellow student Holly added: “It was a real confidence boost to talk to the public and explain the designs. It was so interesting hearing their comments about our work.”
Floristry lecturers Jayne Hammond and Julia Ryde were equally delighted by the students’ achievements. Julia said: “We push the students hard but it is so worthwhile when we see results like this and the positive feedback from the public. The degree course is all about pushing boundaries on both a skills level and personal level and we are so proud of their success.”