Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Goldwell hair dressing awards...

On Monday, I did an exciting day's work with Yan Skates -  a bespoke florist specialising in exclusive event work. The event on monday was a hairdressing awards ceremony held by Goldwell Hair products in a very swanky bar in Oxford Circus. The theme or trend of the evening was "Fascinature'. 

We spent most of the day wiring up flowers & then suspending them from the ceiling -  making them look as though the flowers were emerging from these wooden ornaments. 

The flowers were suspended in a snake like pattern across the whole length of one side of the venue creating a colourful rhythm through the pale wood. 

It was really great to work with some really high-end materials - including these vanda orchids  & cymbidiums. We also used celosia, ginger lily, a selection of grasses & very unusual 'Grafiiti' anthuriums which quite literally looked as though they had been spray painted!

We also used these amazing bat orchids which I'd never even heard of before - I almost can't quite believe they're real! - They have a very dark, sinister feel to them but are quite beautiful. 

Strands of honey suckle was used to adorn the light features - again, placed to look as though they are emerging from the object itself. 

We planted up these beautiful Hibiscus plants - the bold colours had such a great impact in the muted lighting of the bar. 

Just to give some idea of the 'Fascinature' concept, here are a few images of the Goldwell hair trend which Yan so skillfully interpreted into floral design. 

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Desperate Romantics...

I thought I would share a slightly more in depth post about our gold medal winning exhibit at Hampton Court Flower Show! The theme for the whole of the pavillion was 'Romance & Roses'  & here's a little of what we took inspiration from. - 
Although the actual stand was based upon 'The Lady of Shalott' by Waterhouse, we were also inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The original idea was a combination between The Lady of Shalott & Millais' 'Ophelia' - one of my favourite Pre-Raphaelite painting. We liked the idea of using, wild, rambling roses & rustic, meadow flowers such as the poppies & cornflowers depicted in 'Ophelia'.

This is 'Lady Lilith' by Rossetti.

I loved the BBC series 'Desperate Romantics' based on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

Here are some more images & details of our stand!

I loved the ethereal combination of the white roses, pale blue nigella & frosted senecio leaves which decorated the outer edge of the boat.

 A sea of David Austin roses forming the Lady of Shalott's cape!

 The sides of the stand were built up like riverbanks - I love the naturalistic styling of them. The water was made up of blue & green glass chipping which provided a really lovely contrast.

The jacket was made up of  preserved stakys leaves which look & feel so much like velvet. The bodice was incredibly detailed and made up of astrantia, spray roses & ornithogalum.
We chose various love letters & poetry to make up as messages in a bottle of Lady Shalott's lost love.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Hampton Court Flower Show...

First of all, I am soo pleased to say that my team's idea / concept for ' The Lady of Shalott' has won an RHS gold medal &  best college exhibit at Hampton Court Flower Show! - I still really can't quite believe it... here is a quick snap shot of the stand ( a more in depth post on it to follow!)

I had a really great time exploring the show yesterday & can't wait to return on saturday! Here are a few of my favourite gardens...
This garden  is called 'The LandForm Garden' and was designed by Catherine MacDonald. It won a gold medal plus best summer garden & I can definitely see why. - I think what striked me the most about it was the unusual combination of colours & materials. The oranges and yellow sit so beautifully against the blue.

This garden is called 'Our First Home, Our First Garden' and was designed by Nilufer Danis. I completely fell in love with it - it's quite small & cosy whilst looking really contemporary at the same time. This garden also won a gold medal and the best low cost high impact award as it cost only £7000!

This garden is the Badger Beer Garden and was designed by FlemensWarlandDesign. What I loved about this garden was the rustic, naturalistic planting & the simple country feel to. I also loved the beer bottle path!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Saturday snaps...

I had a great day at Village Green this saturday - there was so much to see & do there! Here are a few images of mine & Georgia's stand...