All Knotted Up

As you may find the longer you spend in floral design competitions, similar (or even the same) class titles appear. This particular one I tried only 2 years earlier so I needed to revisit that design before starting the planning for this one.

Staged on a mesh screen (which is a favourite of mine), the space allowed is 1 metre square with the mesh being 800mm wide. This means we should try to extend our designs outside the mesh to allow focus on the design rather than the limitation of the mesh size.

We were required to use dahlias as the flower with a minimum of foliage.

I have used a variety of natural ropes – sisal, jute and cotton in a twisted form to capture a “knotted up” feel for the dahlias which are in a sympathetic colour palette to the colours of the ropes. Plastic vials are covered with the various ropes for water sources.

This design placed second.

Judges comments: A good concept with a variety of rope materials and knots to reinforce the interpretation and provide contrasts in texture. The design lacks some depth and has no obvious focal area although repetition of colour and form is good.
The design could have been extended beyond the edges of the mesh whilst still being within the allocated space.

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