Go­ing with flo­ral flow for worlds win

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - WAR­REN GAM­BLE

Sea­weed and paua shells from Ca­ble Bay and the imag­i­na­tion of Nel­son flo­ral artist Jan Holt saw her win a cat­e­gory in the ‘‘Olympics’’ of the hobby.

Holt, from Hira, won the ’’Ocean Treasures’’ class at the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Flo­ral Artists show in Bar­ba­dos re­cently.

Her cre­ation used sea­weed she picked up on Ca­ble Bay beach which she slowly baked in her oven over two days and spray painted pearly blue.

She packed the stylised sea­weed and small paua shells in her suit­case along with wire, sticks and plas­tic straws.

The fin­ish­ing touches, frangi­pani flow­ers, came from the gar­den of the New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner Jan Hen­der­son in Bar­ba­dos who hosted the New Zealand con­tin­gent for an evening func­tion.

A tropical storm be­fore the world show de­layed the ar­rival of fresh flow­ers from the United States, mak­ing Holt’s prepa­ra­tion even more pru­dent.

In the com­pe­ti­tion it took four hours to as­sem­ble her de­sign that had to be in­stalled in a one-me­tre long box.

‘‘Ev­ery­body else’s ended up look­ing like an aquar­ium; mine looked like a wave,’’ she said.

As well as Holt’s first place, the 11-strong Kiwi con­tin­gent at the show also placed sec­ond and third in other cat­e­gories, and three were highly com­mended.

Artists from 26 coun­tries took part.

Holt also de­signed the honorary New Zealand in­stal­la­tion at the show.

It was a trip­tych, us­ing poly­styrene fish pack­ag­ing lids wrapped in flax pa­per, and fea­tur­ing paua, pumice, ferns, flax, kina and the meuh­len­beckia shrub.

Lo­cal firm Fabri­weld cre­ated the metal stand to sup­port the ex­hibit.

Holt, who has been a flo­ral artist for 20 years and is also the na­tional pres­i­dent of the Flo­ral Art So­ci­ety of New Zealand, says any­one wish­ing to join a flo­ral art group in the Nel­son re­gion should con­tact her on 03 545 0608 or 027 284 7716.


Jan Holt, left, with New Zealand High Com­mis­sioner in Bar­ba­dos Jan Hen­der­son, and Holt’s win­ning de­sign at the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Flo­ral Artists show.

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