LOCAL florist Tamika Mackrell is this week competing to become Florist of the Year at the prestigious Interflora Floristry Design awards.
Held annually, Interflora’s floristry design competition receives industry acclaim from florists and major industry players alike, and allows budding florists to showcase their talents and developing techniques.
Tamika, 21, who works at Floral Edge in the Port Village Shopping Centre, was judged 13th in the world for floristry last year and beat off tough state competition to be awarded Under 25 Florist of the Year for Queensland to earn the right to compete for the national title.
“I always get really nervous before competitions, but I really enjoy the opportunity to be creative and use my own design flair, especially as Interflora supplies the best of all materials,” Tamika said.
“The theme for the competition is Bollywood, which I envisage to be bright, bold, elaborate and completely over the top.
“We have to create a grand entrance arch, a bouquet for the bride to hold and something for the grand table - everything is elaborate and no expense is spared. “I really hope the judges like my designs.” Tamika eventually hopes to further experience and learn from the floristry world in Europe, before one day opening her own business.
“I’d love to take part in Chelsea Flower Show some day, which is the biggest event in the business,” she said.
The floristry awards will be held today and tomorrow at the Sebel Cairns and Tamika said regardless of the outcome, her passion for the industry continues to flourish.
“I love my job, I get to interact with lots of people and share in special moments,” she said.
“Everybody loves flowers, and that knock on the door when they arrive - flowers make people happy.”
BRIGHT FUTURE: florist Tamika Mackrell