Hats off to them!
Held at the Barbados Horticultural Society’s headquarters at Balls, Christ Church, it was not only an occasion for members to socialise and mingle, but opportunity for florists to showcase the diversity of floral arranging.
Each participant produced botanic accessories composed primarily of plant materials like leaves, flowers, stems, bark or roots and sprayed or hand-painted them to make them more colourful.
While each model demonstrated a high level of craftsmanship as all pieces were impeccably made, some pieces of handiwork stood out.
Anita Yarde modelled a colourful hat made of flowers and other plant trimmings. The roses on the hat were made from grape leaves nestled on a bed of finger palms and tied together with a bow of sisal. The piece was finished with cattail and asparagus fern.
Andrea Quintyne impressed the crowd with her Independence-themed designs. Her earrings were based with dried green carnation flowers and topped with coconut sprayed blue. The necklace was composed of dried bromeliad intertwined with dried ginger lilies. It could be worn short around the neck or as a dropped chain with an asymmetrical style.
With dried coconut fibre and General Macarthur palms, she crafted a beautiful headpiece sprayed to resonate with the colours of the National Flag.
Ann Sheafe flaunted an interesting sky blue crinoline hat with gentle swirls at the side. Dried okras dyed teal and hill green complemented the back of the hat, which was also decorated with pittosporum berries, dried loofah, asparagus fern and long brown twigs.
Erica Grainger made a pretty headband and bracelet out of black pearls interwoven with golden palm sprayed gold.
Carolyn Parris-boyce was bold with her accessories, rocking a fancy necklace, risk corsage and earrings from sea foam, patrea and a touch of mahogany wood.
Jacquelyn Ferdinand was another crowd pleaser who modelled a multi-coloured headpiece with a variety of plant trimmings and flowers.
Jennifer Weetch’s design covered her entire body. She showcased the beauty of the orchid’s roots and embellished her pieces with beads. (SB)
JENNIFER WEETCH showcasing a piece of art made with orchid roots embellished with beads. CREATIVITY WAS IN FULL BLOOM at the Barbados Association of Floral Artists’ tea party and fashion show.
Parris- Boyce and Erica Grainger were FROM LEFT, Jacqueline Ferdinand, Carolyn crowd favourites.
Anita Yarde flaunting her interestingly designed golden hat.
off. Simone Rudder and Pat Quintyne showing FROM LEFT: Lynette Devonish, Andrea Quintyne,