Instead of sharing one of my Monday vase arrangements today how about we check out the work of some professionals? I timed my Mum-vember visit to Lan Su for the first day of their Ninth Moon Floral Design event. A lot of what I saw was over-the-top crazy business, but there were a few that I thought really stood out, showing amazing craftsmanship or maybe a simple detail that I thought I could someday replicate. Here's what I want to share, in the order their numbered entries appeared in.
Under the Translucent Moon, Erik Witcraft. As a whole this was way to busy for me, but I did appreciate the circular void with what then looked like a beautiful wreath. The simple color palette of red and yellow really stood out.
The Sound of Time, Lin Petrus. I was first drawn into that beautiful floral creation, but then sood back and realized I was looking at a floral gong, complete with a botanical mallet.
Dense and luxurious.
With Fatsia seeds making the seam.
Naamtog Thai Waterfall, Jo Lynn Farrer. I appreciated the complexity of this creation, although I wish the unlit votives had been left behind. They were jarring and took away from the composition.
The botanical detail was amazing.
Off Balance, Brenna Quan. A busy composition until you looked inside the Equisetum hyemale, then everything made sense with a simple floral yin and yang.
Hillside Teahouse Tapestry, Shane Parker
I appreciate it's break with what one expects, and it's detail.
Serendipity, Emily Farnworth
Speaking of the unexpected, succulents nestled in carpet squares...
A side close-up of leaves tucked within leaves (foliage meets floral). This is somethig we'll see again later. I'm trying to wrap my head around the idea.
Reflection, Coree Ryan. This was the first of the floral arrangements I saw, it took me quite awhile to absorb its complexity.
Upside down flowers are kinda fun.
Especially when reflected by their right-side-up counterparts.
Fusion, Olga Strandberg. Horrid photo! So many of these things were put in front of windows which made photography nearly impossible.
Anyway...this is another where there were things stuck into flowers, here they were other flowers. What do you think?
Arrangement of Fall Mums, Hilary Horvath
I liked this one for its simplicity. A beautful arrangement just being a beautiful arrangement. And where the heck does one get Ranunculus in November?
The Power of the Moon, Greg C. Lum
Speaking of Ranunculus, that's what I thought these were! Wouldn't you? Then I asked an official looking lady nearby (she had a clipboard) if she knew what they were. Ha! Cones from an Atlas Cedar. Can you even imagine? I am in awe.
Shu & Hua, Michelle Koeppe. Speaking of awe...
This one threw me. So much detail which I wanted to study. Unfortunately there was a another person nearby who had other plans for me. She was the type who can only experience something by having another person back up their verbalized thoughts. I tried to support her but eventually had to walk away. Luckily I snapped several photos first.
A scroll with floral words?
And floral tipped writing instruments?
Life Anew, Tamara Szarowski. One last arrangement to share...
It to was quite busy (and it's placement wasn't helping in that regard) but I loved the way each orchid bloom was lashed to the whole.
I hope you enjoyed this brief and biased look at the Ninth Moon Floral Showcase. I appreciate the hours of work and dedication it took for all of the creators to put together their entries. Thank you!
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