Member Competition Winner July 2018
Title: Celebration (to be named)
Construction notes: A birthday cake constructed from layers of cardboard covered on the top with washi paper and the sides with crushed Xanthorrhoea seeds. The cake topper arrangement of orchids, used as a special flower to enhance the “celebratory” feel of the design is based in floral foam. Three single flowers are secured in the “cut piece of cake” with a small water vial in the “cake”.
Fabric matching the colours of the flowers and the card, base the design.
Character and Form – 12/15. This design meets the brief well. It shows contemporary techniques and has a real celebratory feel – who doesn’t like cake for a celebration? The creative use of plant material in an extended definition (washi paper, cardboard, seeds), lifted this design above others in the competition.
Principles and Elements of Design – Balance 8/10; Dominance 6.5/10; Contrast 7/10; Rhythm 8/10; Proportion 2/5; Scale 3/5 could have been taller; Unity and Harmony 8/10
Creativity – 18/20. Creative use of plant material to meet the brief. Clever use of plant material (in its broad sense) to make the cake.
Technique and Finish – 7/10. Neater finish with the edges of the cut cake section (cardboard layers) next time
Condition – 4/5.