Monday, July 19, 2010

Floral Spheres, Balls, Discs - AIFD Symposium

So, the AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers) Symposium - wow! It's a lot to absorb and I didn't even attend all of the presentations!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the AIFD Symposium it's an annual event where floral designers from around the world come together to delight and entertain other florists with their talents. It's as close as the floral world comes to Fashion Week! Good stuff.

I took hundreds of photos and in going through them, I thought it might be interesting to see if there were any themes in common. I found a few, so I thought I would show you my photos organized around some of the trends I saw, rather than by presentation or designer.

Hope you approve!

Today's subject - floral spheres, discs, ball, orbs, all kinds of round shapes! Virtually every presentation had something that fit into this category. I think as designers we enjoy playing around within the limits of the specific, seeing how we can take a form as basic as a ball and push it and create a new way of appreciating it.

First up, a pair of discs, contrasting the opaque with the transparent.

Spheres of romantic roses paired with one of rustic twigs.

Smooth discs playing backup to highly textured ones.

Bisected and carved ball covered in foliage, petals, and gems.

Wire highlighted orbs.

The strong ball shape of the giant allium stands on its own.

Variation on the bridal pomander - the grasses started out wrapped up and around the flower ball, like a cage, and then they were released to form the flowing cascade below the ball of flowers. Runway dramatics!

A collection of balls in an assortment of earthy textures.

And a disc formed from circles!

What do you think, is this a good way to sort through the Symposium?


Jo-Ann said...

oh Cathy what eye candy!!!!
i think this is a GREAT way to sort through it - it definately shows trends irrespective of designer....
thank you from lil ole New Zealand :)

Sprout said...

Yay! Glad it works for you Jo...I've got more planned to come. :-)


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