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Driftwood and Roses

The full title of this Class was “Drama with Driftwood, Wheat, Wool and Roses”. The exhibit is judged from the front and sides and competitors need to be mindful that the judges will be looking down into the design rather than having it eye or waist level as happens with bench and plinth arrangements.

Always check your local rules about the difference between driftwood and weathered wood as sometimes these terms are not interchangeable. In the Australian Floral Art Association (AFAA) Manual, driftwood/weathered wood is defined as “wood that is not living and has been weathered by any of the natural elements – fire, air, water, earth, wind. Generally any type of dried wood, heavy thick bark, root, branch, large ivy stems etc are included.” In contrast, I have seen, in other countries, driftwood defined as “wood shaped by the sea” and weathered wood as “wood shaped by the sun and wind”.

Driftwood and Roses 1

I borrowed a piece of driftwood that I felt was suitably dramatic and used this as the basis for my design. It has a strong diagonal shape that I have kept in place with the addition of the dark red flax leaves and red roses. A wool scarf hand knitted with unspun wool is draped over the driftwood to look as though it has been washed up onto it.

And the wheat? I picked up from my dried material container at the farm, what I thought was wheat, only to find when I was putting this design together, that it was not wheat. Naturally this meant that my entry was classed as Not According to Schedule (NAS) and so not included in the judging but left on display at least.

Driftwood and Roses 2

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