Cheshire NAFAS shows flower arranging is blooming with Floral Art and Design course
PUBLISHED: 10:34 05 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:18 20 February 2013
Flower arranging is twee? Think again. This group of Cheshire florists prove that this art form is blooming in a new direction Photos by Kirsty Thompson
If you think flower arranging is old-fashioned, think again.
Two years ago, a group of flower arrangers from the Cheshire Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arranging Societies) were looking for a way to extend their talents in a new direction.
A Level 4 Course in Floral Art and Design had just been approved by NAFAAFAAFAS in association with the Open College Network a higher level than had been possible previously. They applied to set up a self-help working group with no tutors. Some of them had teaching experience and agreed to keep everyone on the right track.
Fourteen of them stayed the course and exhibited their final designs at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church. The church is a beautiful, contemporary space and full use was made of its size and proportions.
And there was nothing twee about the floral creations. Design and development were considered vital for success on this course and the exhibits were big, bold and innovative.
The course covered contemporary flowers, worldwide influences, wedding work, interior design and land art. The designs reflected this.
Pam Dimeloe, president of the Cheshire Area of NAFAAFAAFAS and a student on the course said: I am very proud to have been able to bring the course in Floral Art and Design to Cheshire. We are the first to run it in this way and it has been hugely successful. IIam also proud to be a member of such anenthusiastic group of learners.