Flo­ral artist aces diploma ex­ams

Wil­son achieves high­est ag­gre­gate in coun­try – 94%

Talk of the Town - - News - LOUISE CARTER

APORT Al­fred flo­ral art en­thu­si­ast, Daphne Wil­son, re­cently com­pleted her Na­tional De­sign Diploma (NDD) and ob­tained 94% – the high­est ag­gre­gate for the exam in the coun­try.

Next on the hori­zon, is the NDD prac­ti­cal exam which she takes later this month.

Wil­son has been do­ing flo­ral art since 2008.

She com­peted in her first Bathurst show in 2009 and since then, has been grow­ing her tal­ent and eye for var­i­ous flower cre­ations.

In 2013, Wil­son was asked to do the demon­stra­tions at the South African Flower Union (SAFU) congress at Cape St Fran­cis.

Wil­son and long­stand­ing flo­ral artist in Port Al­fred, Jean Page, did 25 de­signs and re­ceived three stand­ing ova­tions.

Wil­son used to be a mem­ber of the Port Al­fred Flo­ral Art Group, be­fore join­ing the Al­goa Flo­ral and Gar­den Club two years ago.

Wil­son, who is a res­i­dent at Set­tlers Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage, rises at 6am for the drive to Port El­iz­a­beth ev­ery third Fri­day of the month to be in time for her de­signs to be judged.

Com­pe­ti­tion is ex­tremely high, with com­peti­tors coming from all over the East­ern Cape, in­clud­ing Jef­freys Bay, Hu­mans­dorp, St Fran­cis Bay and sur­rounds.

Last year, Wil­son re­ceived the tro­phy for the most in­no­va­tive de­signer. In all, she has av­er­aged 80% (Gold Rib­bon) for her com­pe­ti­tions also re­ceiv­ing best on show at the Bathurst Agri­cul­tural Show.

Wil­son said she loved do­ing flo­ral art as it re­laxed and stim­u­lated her cre­ativ­ity at the same time. She is also a keen bowler, but flo­ral art is still her num­ber one pri­or­ity. She pre­ferred more mod­ern tech­niques and styles which she in­cor­po­rated into her de­signs.

“Daphne Wil­son is a lo­cal, mod­est house­wife who makes time to learn and cre­ate beau­ti­ful flo­ral de­signs,” a fel­low-res­i­dent at Set­tlers Park, Jenni Louw, said.

Pic­ture: LOUISE CARTER

A SPLASH OF COLOUR: Daphne Wil­son shows off one of the vi­brant and bright cre­ations she made in the theme of ‘Leaves, Tech­nique and Ma­nip­u­la­tion’

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