A group of Myerscough College floristry degree students are hosting a major living art exhibition to showcase their work.
Members of the public are invited to view the exhibition, entitled ‘‘Global Issues in the Florist Industry’'. The free exhibition, based within the grounds of Myerscough College’s Bilsborrow campus, is a major project by the group, who are all studying the Ba Honours programme in Professional Floristry & Floral Design.
The exhibition sees large scale, 3D floral instillations at Myerscough Plant World & Gardens. The group includes students Jessica Moore, Nadia Davies and Sophie O’Regan. Jessica and Nadia displayed their work last week, with Sophie’s installation available to view this week (March 21st -25th)The students explain: “We have all created individual pieces that represent an issue that we feel is important to address, not only to those in the industry but to the general public. We hope to raise awareness on our chosen topic whilst each creating a beautiful piece of floral artwork.”
Sophie O’Regan, who is Head Designer of Pob & Owen Floral Design, said of her work: “With a love for symbolism and metaphors within her work, I create quirky designs influenced by my life experiences and ongoing obsession with pop culture and modernism. With an ever changing prolific design style I enjoy working with contrasting colour and texture influenced by seasonal fashion trends. Exhibiting on the grounds of the Myerscough plant centre is 'D.I.WHY?' - A contemporary design investigating how the floristry industry is viewed in a digital age facing and competing with the rise of ‘DIY’ and ‘Crafting’ movement. Using contemporary techniques creating a post-modernist design open to interpretation.”
The other designers also explain more about themselves and their design pieces displayed last week.
JESSICA MOORE, OWNER AND HEAD DESIGNER AT FLOWERS BY JESSICA ELLEN:
“Flowers encapsulate many meanings, they display signs of emotions that as humans, we may not be able to express. I believe any piece of my work talks and my design, ‘Wild @ Hive’ will be no different. Wild @ Hive is about discussing the effects of systemic pesticides on cut flowers and the damaging environmental effect. The aim is to promote an organic approach and to drive the florist and consumer to purchase locally.”
NADIA DAVIES, OWNER AND HEAD DESIGNER AT THE BOTANICAL ASYLUM:
“Simple yet effective is what this young florist Nadia Davies’ design philosophy is all about. Working unconventionally to make statement pieces that make people really think about the design. The issue that is currently being raised by this budding floral designer is ‘should poisonous plant materials be used within floral designs or are they too much of a risk for both florists and clients’.
‘’The design will help create awareness on the poisonous cut flowers that are commonly used within the floral industry by using one of these potentially dangerous flowers showing the effects that it can cause on the human body.”
Their course tutor, Julie Phillips , says: ‘’These fantastic group of students have worked hard to a professional standard building on their own design philosophy creating the concepts which will be located across campus. It is an exciting project for all those involved.
‘’The exhibition is a great chance for the students involved to showcase their own individual style and technique.’’
The exhibition is the latest project in what has been another great year for Myerscough College’s Floristry department, who were named the best in the country at the industry’s annual awards ceremony. The college were named as Training Provider of the Year at the British Florist Association (BFA) Awards, in a ceremony that recognises and celebrates the best that the industry has to offer. In addition, Myerscough tutor, Susanna Brandon, was shortlisted for Floristry Tutor of the Year.
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by Dave Salmon