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Workshop inspires floral artists

Posted at 12:44pm Tuesday 04 Aug, 2020

One of the country's leading floral art exponents, Francine Thomas, shared her knowledge and enthusiasm for floral art at an all day event in Orewa on July 13.

Around 100 floral art enthusiasts from the Hibiscus Coast, North Shore and other parts of Auckland attended the event held in the Baptist Church hall.

During the morning, Francine demonstrated different floral art techniques, using a variety of materials. She assembled 10 designs, giving tips and alternative options of flowers and foliage that would create a similar effect.
The afternoon was devoted to a hands-on workshop where participants made a structure with dowel set in a block of wood to support five test tubes.

Francine, who has qualifications in horticulture and floral art, has won many competitions including Florist of the Year, and demonstrated her work nationally and internationally. During the Covid-19 lockdown, she constructed and videoed one new design each day, posting it on her website afloralaffair.co.nz Thousands of followers tuned in from countries around the world.

Participants at the Orewa event described the morning session as inspiring.

“She's very entertaining and her ideas are ‘out of the box',” one participant said.

The Hibiscus Coast Floral Art Group meets at Estuary Arts Centre on the second Monday of the month, starting at 10am. New members welcome.

For more information about the club, phone Jan Colhoun, 021 060 8931.

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