November 2017

On Thursday 9th November 2017 North Ferriby Flower Club had the great pleasure of welcoming to the Club International Florist Florian Seyd from Amsterdam. Florian has demonstrated all over the world. Florian not only demonstrates stunning flower arrangements, he works in the team of the Dutch Flower Council forecasting new trends for the flower business. Florian and his partner Ueli Signer have been named in the top 27 florists in the world. They have now started a business specialising in Party Decorating, and decorate for huge gatherings all over Europe, and have their own farm and magazine. Florian is therefore much in demand and for him to come to our Club, on his second visit, during our City’s year of Culture was fabulous.

When the stage curtains went back there was gasps amongst the packed Hall as the stage already looked amazing! By the time Florian had finished, the stage was ablaze with 11 spectacular arrangements and large tied bunches. Florian collected and foraged for the plant material and huge branches etc upon his arrival on Monday assisted by 4 ladies from the Club. He used the raw materials to make all the spectacular containers for each arrangement from scratch! The flowers were fabulous, having been sent over from Holland on Monday. The quality was second to none and he introduced us to new varieties and colours. He used a lot of Nerine which is very fashionable in various colours, new roses in mixed shades on the same plant, a new variety of small spider chrysanthemum, cyclamen grown as cut flowers, two coloured protea, shocking pink anthurium and two coloured lilies. We were aghast with the beautiful new varieties available. Florian loves the wonder of nature and uses natural materials and freshly picked greenery where possible. The arrangements were large and spectacular so the whole hall were able to see them, and covered wonderful colour combinations depicting Autumn and Winter. His only concession to Christmas was that some of the arrangements had silver or gold baubles hanging from bare branches.

What a truly wonderful evening we had, and there was a large queue for more raffle tickets at the end! Having said that everyone was wondering how they were going to transport the arrangements home if they were very lucky enough to win one! Think it was the case of coming back with a van! Today Florian has kindly done a full day workshop at the Hall and many members are attending.
Next month on the 14 December we have our Christmas fun evening. Two members are demonstrating a Christmas table arrangement and also making Christmas cards and bows. A social evening to end the year. We have no meeting in January and our AGM in February 2018.

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    JUDY WATKER returned to the Club in October to demonstrate Inspiration And Imagination.  She was delightfully funny and warm with tremendous creative artistry.  Her arrangements were harmonious and unique including specific plant material technical skills such as dyeing, weaving and folding.

    Judy was inspired by Picasso and used a circular green-wire frame decorated with green carnations, white avalanche roses and green cymbidium orchids to create the circle of life.  Her inspiration from zebra patterning was created using material dyed black and white.  She wove cycas palms into differing shapes and using white flowers created a stunning focal highlight.  Moving onto a shipwreck, Judy used a rusty sphere which she arranged with pupura violeta ginger and maxima violeta anthurium with woven cycas palm leaves to create a tropical vibe.

    Judy is a woman of many talents and we are hoping to ask her to return to do a workshop with us to share her creative skills.  The evening was enjoyed by all and her floristry talents commended by everyone.