PORTFOLIO - Record of Work, File, Personal Journal or any other name, but above all it is your file/folder.
In some cases you can produce your portfolio and, if it meets the required criteria, you can be awarded with a Certificate.
(We would suggest that you work with A3 portfolio rather than A4. You can use A4 and file them side by side in an A3 folder/file)
We have made suggestions for you to teach yourself and begin to understand an Introduction to Flower Arranging.
* asterisk shows you the requirements in your portfolio.
Flower Arranging is primarily a hobby, but can lead to becoming a Demonstrator, Teacher, Judge and/or Speaker.
If you want to eventually work in the Floristry Industry this web will give you a good start but we suggest that you follow up with a college course or intensive floristry course. They are available throughout the country.
There are Flower Clubs throughout the UK and there you meet with people with like interests, it is relaxing to sit for an hour or two and watch someone arranging lovely flowers and you can learn so much from these Demonstrators. Some clubs run outings or classes.
For details of clubs in your region go to nafas.org.uk website and you will find a list of all clubs and contacts.
If you have a problem then contact us.
LESSON ONE to help you to start to understand what it is all about.
You can of course just do the Practicals, but looking deeper and keeping a Portfolio teaches you so much more. Give it a go.
COLLECT EXAMPLES -Three examples from each of 1 to 4 are sufficient.Unless you feel you would like a few more!
Could be sketches, photographs, actual item, clippings from publications or downloaded from the internet.
Always acknowledge your source.
First collection of examples is concentrated on FORM/SHAPE with TEXTURES
SHAPE is two dimensional - width and height e.g. circle, square, triangle.
FORM is three dimensional - width, height and depth e.g. sphere, cube, cone.
TEXTURE - the actual feel of a surface and, especially in floral designs, the visual look of a surface.
* 1. Start with NATURE & PLANT MATERIAL - flowers, leaves, wood, moss, fungi, trees, seeds, fruit/vegetable, etcetera
* 2. Progress to NATURE (naturally occurring) & NON- PLANT MATERIAL - stones/rocks/sand/gems, birds/animals, water, sky, weather, etcetera.
* 3. MAN-MADE ARTICLES (from natural plant material in all it's forms). Wood carvings, cotton/bamboo/sisal/flax fabrics etcetera
* 4. MAN-MADE ARTICLES (from non-plant material) glass, metal, plastic, acrylic/polyester fabric, fashion, pottery, jewellery, etcetera
These examples are Elements of Design - FORM & TEXTURE
THIS COLLECTION OF EXAMPLES CAN BE MADE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME.
FILE UNDER ELEMENTS OF DESIGN
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES FROM OTHER STUDENTS WORK
1. Natural Plant Material
Rough, feathery surface texture with a blue-green colour. Lines radiating from stems.
Linear stems of Bamboo with a golden glowing colour. Smooth and Rough textures on one stem.
Spherical form with a shiny textured surface. The yellow end gives a good highlight and focal area. The green leaf is a contrasting colour to the red.
2. Natural Non-Plant Material
Peacock feather showing rich colours & lines
This is classed as an Accessory..
Photograph of soft, fluffy textured clouds
Rough textures of massed pebbles. Single pebbles are quite smooth texture. These are Accessories.
3. Man-made from natural Plant Material
Rhythmic and repetitious pattern of fabric made from fibres of plant material. Pinterest
Book by Linda Parry
Textiles from cotton.
Book from paper.
Visually you have rough looking texture although the cover is smooth.
Wood Carving by
Grinling Gibbons using lime wood.
This carving is in St James Church in Piccadilly. Very intricate details in the carving showing much depth and a 3 dimensional image.
Shows many visual and tactile textures. Smooth, Rough, Prickly with ball shapes, long linear shapes and much more.
4. Man-made from Non-Plant Material
Henry Moore sculpture in the Henry Moore Park made from polished stone
This is a pencil drawing of many textures and patterns. Also showing many lines, radiating,
straight, curving, and meandering. Repetition in the round shapes.
Hexagonal patterns creating repetition in Architecture. Internet
NOW TRY YOUR OWN COLLECTION
This is a child's collection from a 20 minute walk with instructions to look and feel and bring back anything that they like.
NOT A BAD COLLECTION FROM A SMALL BOY. LOTS OF SHAPES, TEXTURES, LINES etc.
TO CONTINUE WITH LESSON ONE.
Your portfolio will need an index, you will probably want to number your pages towards the end of the course as you will constantly be adding extra pages. Keep the text precise and to the point. Use illustrations where possible as a visual reference is easier to assimilate.
Tools and Equipment
Components (Sub-Headings as we progress.)
Elements of Design
Principles of Design
Styles of Flower Arranging.
Add your Notes and Examples to these headings as you progress through the course.
To help you there are many books and material on the internet. Also see the GLOSSARY PAGE of this website.
PORTFOLIO WORK FOR THIS LESSON (keep your notes concise and add sketches, pictures or other relevant material)
* 1) PLANT MATERIAL
Explain and give examples/names for LINEAR, FILLER, FOCAL plant material
* 2) PLANT MATERIAL
Conditioning - Describe simple conditioning
* 3) CONTAINER
What is a container? Brief definition.
* 4) MECHANICS
Floral Foam (green) - cutting, wetting, fixing.
* 5) STYLES
photograph your two designs from Lesson One Practicals. Add notes relevant to your arrangements (a) to (f).
a) name the plant material used. b) conditioning method. c) name your type of container, d) what mechanics did you use and how it was fixed?
e) Sketch the outline and position of insertion of main stems. f) Do you like your finished design? What would you do different next time?
FILE UNDER APPROPRIATE HEADINGS
This is your first lesson for your portfolio. NOW GO TO PRACTICALS.
The other lessons for your portfolio will be listed below - click on them to open.