First up is Inferno, by Jake Moffett and Daniel Wade Keller.
I'm going to admit right off the bat that I don't understand this piece. The name, the shape...Volcanic Explosion I would have understood, but Inferno?
I do love the long, wide, luxurious "carpet"...
I stared at the individual pieces of the whole for a very long time.
This part though? I did not care for it, brought back memories of dusty 1970's pampas grass arrangements.
one with nature, by Coree Ryan
The backside of the parasol had wonderful detail...
As I was editing down my photos Andrew sat on the couch next to me..."Is that a coffin?" he asked. I can only assume that's what the designers intended.
Isn't it lovely?
My photos showing the green hand holding the base of the parasol didn't turn out very clear, but you can kind of make it out here...
Next up: Zig Zag, by Josef Reiter
These side panels are what I really loved about this piece.
Got a bamboo screen? Adorn it!
Painting in the Garden, Chelsea Willis. The white background glowed, designed by someone who understood the issues with display, it was so easy to picture this as a painting.
Chinese Wedding Gown, Jeri Barr, Carolyn Catron, and Lacey Carroll. Wow. the simplicity was deceiving. So may intricate details all done to perfection.
I so wanted to touch all the pieces. I was able to controll myself however.
My Secret Garden, Emily Farnsworth
Lots of my favorite flowers, great details.
Rustle/drips: Sounds of Autumn, Robin Boedecker and Vito Corradino. I loved the way this piece pulled elements right from the Chinese Garden architecture and design.
Carry Moonbeams Home in a Jar, Linda Golaszewski. I do not like Plexiglas cubes, it's a personal issue that can be chalked up to my retail background (long story). If these had been glass this might have been my favorite. I love the attention each flower gets, almost like lab specimans.
In Stillness Beauty Blooms, Ellen Hansen. At first this piece seemed simple.
But the longer I looked at it the more detail I saw.
This was my favorite piece, Guardian Dogs, by Michelle Koeppe. It took me a minute to realize what I was looking at (I hadn't yet read the name), and then once I did I was in awe of how wonderfully the designer translated the posture of a pair of dogs into a floral piece.
The inclusion of Dianthus 'Green Trick' had me all misty eyed too. Dear sweet Anna (of Flutter & Hum fame) gifted me a pot of that plant when we lost Lila, saying that the soft, push fuzzy balls would remind me of her when they bloomed. And they did. And here they were.
And I could see Lila in this dog's posture, back when she was young and frisky.
But as much as I loved Lila's curled pug tail, with it's white skunk stripe, it had nothing on this fancy dog bottom.
The last entry I photographed was Celestial Tear, from Garrett Skupinski CF and Tamara Szarowski.
I loved the moss and stone orb, looking like a primitive globe.
I eavesdropped on a fellow telling another visitor that they get hundreds of applicants for the show, only a few are accepted. I also learned that the Portland flower market donates flowers to the designers, offsetting the costs of creating. Now I just need to find out what they do with them when the show closes, it only runs the weekend, although Lan Su's Mumvember runs the entire month.
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