The fall semester at City College of San Francisco ended with an exciting and inspirational floral design competition in the special events class. We were thrilled and excited to collaborate with Accent Décor https://www.accentdecor.com on this fun and challenging project. Accent Décor provides such diversity and beauty to our industry with their vast selection of vases, containers and all the must haves for styling and decorating in the design world. I highly encourage you to visit their website and blog. It's a great resource to see what's trending in the industry.
The students were assigned to create a floral arrangement in the Accent Décor Lush Vase 6" x 7" shown below. The style and materials used for the arrangements were Designers Choice. The designs had to include some type of floral material and must be deliverable. The students were able to completed the designs at home and bring to the classroom for judging. Steven Brown AIFD (Department Chair of Environmental Horticulture/Floristry) judged the competition. There were seven categories that the students were judged on: Best Overall Composition, Best Use of Color, Best Artistic Inventiveness and Originality ("Creativity"), Best Use of Container, Best Sellable Appeal, Best in Trending, and Best Production Design. The categories were chosen to go along with some of the topics that were taught through out the semester. The competition was held on November 19th, 2016 at City College of San Francisco and 20 students participated.
I explained ways to begin this creative process, showed sources for inspiration and emphasized the importance of mechanics. I demonstrated a sample for a point of reference and encourage the students to explore their own style. The students had a chance to experiment with the vase and develop their ideas weeks before the competition. We critiqued and collaborated as a class on many options for each student before the competition. Below is the demo and the construction process that was presented to the class. I explained how the demo design could fall into any of the competition categories.
Styrofoam, banking pins and magnolia leaves used for construction of demo design.
|Sohyun Kwak practicing her design.|
|Diane Graham practicing her design.|
|Minna Lim practicing her design.|
Class at San Francisco Flower Market selecting their design product. Many thanks to Roy from Brannan Street Wholesale for all his expertise and support!!
|Julia loving the San Francisco Flower Market!|
|Junghwa Han received the award for Best Use of Container|
So Yeon Kim received award for Best Artistic Inventiveness and Originality ("Creativity")
|Victor Castillo received award for Best Sellable Appeal|
|Joana Ferran received award for Best in Trending|
|Katsiaryna Baradauka received award Best Production Design|
Luciana Soares Da Silva Edwards received award for Best Use of Color
Armando de Loera Mejia received award Best Overall Composition
|Design by Youbin Kim|
|Design by Minna Lim|
|Design by Julia Conner|
|Design by Grace De Guzman|
|Design by Sohyun Kwak|
|Design by Diane Graham|
|Design by Irasema Carranza|
|Design by Ron Castagnetti|
|Design by Qian Chen|
|Design by Dahee Han|
|Design by Ying Gu Pressman|
|Design by Celia Hamilton|