Roses steal show

FLORIST WAXES LYRI­CAL

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Kaylee Martin

SAL­TER Point res­i­dent Sheri­dan Tjhung is putting her floristry skills to the test as she trans­forms more than one thou­sand white roses into a fash­ion-inspired dis­play for Gar­den City shop­ping cen­tre’s Gar­den Party.

The unique col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween fash­ion and floristry will see the latest cloth­ing trends re-imag­ined through flow­ers, bring­ing the beauty of the out­doors in­doors.

Fea­tur­ing the work of other lead­ing florists Flow­ers in the Gar­den, Nat­u­ral Art by Re­becca Grace, Matthew Lan­ders and Zin­nia Flo­ral De­signs, the Gar­den Party will pro­vide shop­pers with a vis­ual feast never be­fore seen in Perth.

Florists will have cre­ative li­cence to trans­form a 2.5m bird­cage into a flower dis­play rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the hottest trends from the new sea­sons cat­walk.

Tak­ing on the prairie trend, a spring favourite fea­tur­ing em­broi­dered de­tails on white cot­tons and sim­ple but clas­sic neu­tral colours, Ms Tjhung said a wax rose dis­play was the per­fect match for the style.

“Wax was in­evitable; as soon as I saw the trend it re­ally clicked,” she said.

“I picked a rose to rep­re­sent the whole style be­cause it’s quite a clas­sic flower, but I’ve kind of recre­ated them to ap­peal to a mod­ern au­di­ence as well.”

The prairie girl bird­cage will fea­ture 1500 in­di­vid­u­ally dipped white roses, which Ms Tjhung es­ti­mated would take about eight hours to cre­ate.

“There’s go­ing to be days of prep prior to it. Some of the roses are sprayed and dried to give them a dif­fer­ent tex­ture but oth­ers are dipped in wax with a high-gloss spray,” Ms Tjhung said.

“I’ve never worked with wax roses on this scale. I’ve done maybe four or five wax roses be­fore but this pro­ject needs a lot more than that, so it’ll be quite a chal­lenge.”

The dec­o­rated bird­cages will de­but at the launch of the Gar­den Party on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 10, where shop­pers will also be treated to a VIP re­tail ex­pe­ri­ence with pop-up beauty op­por­tu­ni­ties, a cham­pagne bar and ex­clu­sive dis­counts and of­fers.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d443181f

Florist Sheri­dan Tjhung with model Ebony and some of the wax roses she will use.

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