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Demonstration by Pritesh Shah & Priya Shah

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Priya first demonstrated an assembly of assorted-sized slices of coloured foam (unsoaked) embellished with pearl headed pins. The composition was assembled in a gold metal tray. A few long-lasting flowers were added.

Next were 2 spheres of Ficus benjamina leaves and a few carnations (out of water) inserted in ‘hexanet’. The latter is available in many colours. Alternatively chicken wire or any mesh can be folded up and spray-painted.

Her third design comprised of lilac aluminium wire manipulated over and around a glass container and completed with lime green sisal spheres and carnations held in water-filled tubes.

Pritesh then demonstrated the making of panels where the support was a neatly bent Papyrus stem over which book-binding tape was stretched. Well-conditioned ivy leaves were effortlessly affixed to the tape which is quite sticky. In their pre-done designs Pritesh and Priya had made panels of 2 different heights which were then painted black and silver and used over a base of blocked white spray mums:

A selection of well conditioned garden foliage – Coprosma, var. Ficus benjamina, Monstera, Philodendron Xanadu, conifer, Dracaena massangeana and Syngonium was Pritesh’s second design demonstrated on a curved pedestal stand. Granny Smith apples and berries from the Michelia champaca tree added interest.

Priya had covered a pedestal stand with mats made from date palm seed strands. The design was completed with Anthurium ‘Cheers’, ‘Ming’ Asparagus, ‘Foxtail’ Asparagus and small Anthurium leaves.

The copper coloured stand inspired Pritesh to superbly combine Anthurium Terra, Anthurium Choco, burgundy-brown Cordyline leaves, Badam pods painted with copper artists paint, mahogany seedpods and copper Angelina fibre:

A dense piece of ivy sprayed with pastel colours was the star attraction in this design of Aglaonema foliage, 50 stems of Gyps, 3 Anthurium ‘Eternity’ and silver bell cups. The stand was liberally draped with white and silver beaded strands.

 

This stand had been made for reknown Pakistani floral artist Farida Kalim’s demonstration in 1998. Pritesh and Priya were inspired by her design. A mass of lilac seed strands from the Archontophoenix palm and aubergines were suspended below whilst imaginatively coloured Anthurium leaves towered and sheltered above. Grey agave leaves, masses of purple and white-lilac carnations, ginger lily blooms, Kalanchoe beharensis leaves, Echeveria, purple and mirrored baubles completed the design. Purple fabric twisted around aluminium wire added rhythm. A fitting finale to a outstanding demonstration.

 

Below the talented demonstrators, right Priya; left, Pritesh.

 The judges for the monthly competition were Lydia Kangethe & Sushi Shah. The response was excellent and standard of work magnificent.

NOTE: if you double-click on the images of the exhibits in the gallery below larger versions will appear.

 

 

 

Priya first demonstrated an assembly of assorted-sized slices of coloured foam (unsoaked) embellished with pearl headed pins. The composition was assembled in a gold metal tray. A few long-lasting flowers were added.






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