Sydney Royal Easter Show 2021

The floral art section of this iconic Australian showcase forms part of the Flower and Garden section. It is a multi-day competition with up to 8 competition floral art (decorative) classes at each session. This means that every second day competitors must have their designs ready for judging by 8am with staging not to begin before 10.30pm on the previous day. All night sessions are common as some of the designs are staged 1 metre square by 2 metres in height.

For our designer, Kim, this has been a life long tradition despite in more recent years it meaning a total of over 1300 kilometres of driving to stage designs in each of the 5 sessions of competition. Planning begins almost as soon as the schedule is released with structures being built and tested, plant material nurtured or sourced and work/life balance completely thrown out the window!

Below are all the designs from Kim staged in 2021 with some brief comments by her. Each of them will feature with more detailed information in our Designs section on this website in the coming months.

Session 1 
Forest Fantasy 1m square x 2m
HIGHLY COMMENDED
I wanted this to be "fantasical" - something only in our imaginations
Forest Fantasy
Tangled Beauty
1m square on mesh
Originally the sticks were natural colour but got mildewed after heavy rain and could not be cleaned so I painted them with the only colour on hand (black). They are too hard to see in the design as a result.
Tangled Beauty
Harmonious Company using Australian native flora
Cube 60cm
THIRD PLACE
Harmonious Company
Parallel Petite
I don't know why I entered this, I don't like doing petite designs! Tried an intersecting parallel
Intersecting Parallel
Floating Suspended Shape
HIGHLY COMMENDED
This is another name for a mobile design with emphasis on a defined shape
Floating Suspended Shape
Ups and Downs
1metre on plinth
FIRST PLACE
I enjoy using the plinth as it it a smaller base than the design so you can go down as well as up with the design.
Ups and Downs
Floral Gatherings Collage
FIRST PLACE
Broke with tradition by having a split backing for this interpretation.
Floral Gatherings
Session 2
Moment in Twine
1m square on plinth
THIRD PLACE
Would have like the stringing to go down the side more
Moment in Twine
Transparency
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Wanted to interpret this without using a see through medium so suggested transparency by using the empty frames
Transparency
Woven and Wild Foliage Only
Tried a few unusual foliage weaving techniques
Woven and Wild
Sheer Brilliance Collage
SECOND PLACE
I actually didn't want to add any plant material as I liked it with just the jute string!
Sheer Brilliance
All Knotted Up
1m square on mesh
SECOND PLACE
Lots of learning about knots and macrame for this one
All Knotted Up
Square Dance
60cm on cube
SECOND PLACE
Thinking of hay bales and checkered tablecloths
Square Dance
Session 3
Glorious Confusion
1m square x 2m Roses must be included
I'm not very good with roses - much prefer to use Australian native flora
Glorious Confusion
Feathers and Roses
Made some feathers from rope but still not happy about having to use only roses
Feathers and Roses
Recycled and Repurposed wallhanging
SECOND PLACE
Using the Himmeli technique to make a freeform structure with paper catalogues then roses from corn husks and toilet paper roll flowers
Recycled and Repurposed
Boxed and Beautiful Roses
Once again struggling with only being able to use roses.
Boxed and Beautiful
Session 4
Echoes of the Bush Collage
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Hoping for the contrast of fire and regrowth
Echoes of the Bush
Branching Out
1m square
SECOND PLACE
In my happy place with Australian native flora!
Branching Out
Layers of the Bush
HIGHLY COMMENDED
About the best use of a cat scratcher I can find 😉
Layers of the Bush
Along the Fence Line
I suspect I was downpointed for this as the judge would have seen this fence post a few years back.
Along the Fence Line
Arrangement of Australian Native Floral in Something Other Than A Vase
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Just a bit of fun as this used to be a class for those who had grown the flora used
Natives Not In A Vase
From Nature's Perspective
Contemporary
Contemporary From Nature's Perspective
Horizontally Challenged
THIRD PLACE
Much discussion between the competitors about the title for this class. Would the judge be looking for a vertical or horizontal design?
Horizontally Challenged
Impose 2m x 2m
After working all night, this impose was allocated 3 hours with all material being supplied. The title given at the start of the three hours - Suitable for the Entry to a Country Music Festival
Impose
Session 5
Rhythmic Overflow
1m square on cube
SECOND PLACE
Looking to follow the spiral lines of the vase
Rhythmic Overflow
Restless Textures Foliage only
A break with the traditional way of showcasing foliage and textures
Restless Textures
Jewels in the Crown
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Just giving this a try - don't particularly like doing floral jewellery
Jewels in the Crown
Beauty and the Beast
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Repetition and contrast
Beauty and the Beast
Nature Into Art Wallhanging
FIRST PLACE
Unravelled a placemat to create the structure.
Nature into Art

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