Presenting our staging today was Rosemarie Blair with her ‘Hello Autumn’ theme. 
Rosemarie enjoys traditional style designs but today she was branching out and trying her hand at some contemporary designs.
 
Her first design depicted the three seasons – summer which is slowly coming to an end, autumn nearly upon us and winter waiting in the wings.
 
 
  
 
Next was a design inspired by a workshop done with Hanky Frerejean. Of course this contemporary design was a much larger version using wool, lilies, arums, tulips,coffee beans, a dried aspidistra leaf  and  finished off with wired twigs, all in beautiful autumn colours.
 
 
Using a stand covered with paper bark which seems to be protecting and sheltering the plant material within from the coming winter season.  The curl was filled with colour – chrysanthemums, lilies, berries, hydrangea, arums and some brown aspidistra leaves which if left in glycerine will stop the leaf from cracking and breaking once dried.
 
 
Her next contemporary design was a tall stand also covered with paperbark achieving a more rustic look.  Added to this was alocacia leaves, arums, heliconia, tulips, pennisetum grass and some pepper berries.
 
  
 
The last design was a beautiful autumn flower curtain made with sisal which had been dipped in a mixture of water and wood glue and laid out to dry on a large piece of plastic.  To this she added lilies in glass tubes, syngonium with red roses and grass stems threaded through the sisal.
 
 
Rosemarie thank you for inspiring us with your beautiful designs and your presentation of these contemporary designs was delightful.
 
 
 
Thank you too to Leila Paruk, Monica Campbell-Young and Shireen Naidoo for assisting Rosemarie this morning.
 
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