Flower Show School Design Examples

Featuring Winners and exhibitors from NGC Flower Shows

NGC American Traditional Design Styles

Armature Design

The Armature Form Design is a creative design featuring an armature, (a skeleton and/or grid-like structure). The Armature Form is created by the exhibitor and supports plant material and other optional components. The Armature is imaginative and made from plant or man-made material, or may be a combination of both. It is greater in proportion than the combined other components. The armature is self-supported, or may rely on a container/s or other devices. Water tubes or other means of water supply for fresh plant material may be used. The design may be a floor design, staged on a pedestal, table or be suspended.

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Exhibition Table Design

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Functional Table Design

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Traditional Design

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NGC Creative Design Styles

Angular Design

A Creative Design in which there is a strong emphasis on angular components. Angles are not limited to one type, and not all components should be angular as contrast is essential to pleasing design. Spatial areas formed by the angles should be plastically organized to enhance depth.

Creative Design

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Duo Design

A Creative Design organized in one container or in containers joined to appear as one, or in a contrivance, or mechanic. It is organized as two designs, back to back and entered in two separate classes in the Design Division.

Mono-Botanic Design

A Creative Design using multiple parts of plants of one family or genus. Parts my be stems, bloom/s, foliage, roots, fruit, etc. The schedule may determine the botanical requirement. Organization of plant material is designer's choice based on her/his imagination. Non-plant material may be included, but if so, there must be a greater emphasis on the representative plant material in volume and area than the non-plant material.

Multi Rhythmic Design

A Creative Design with emphasis on two or more rhythms in the design. Lines create two or more separate and distinct rhythms, each creating a different pattern and movement unlike the other. Lines may go in any direction, e.g., straight, curvilinear, zigzag, or a combination and may cross. The lines may be created by any component/s, continual or broken, or by the repetition of color, form or texture.

Stretch Design

A Creative Design in two units, one smaller than the other, having a prominent component connecting the two units and referred to as the "stretch component." The length and strength of the stretch component must be appropriate to the other components and to its prominent role in the Stretch Design. The "stretch component" may extend in any direction: diagonal, vertical or horizontal and may minimally extend beyond the units. Stretch component must be imaginative, and appear to create a dynamic tension between the two units.

Tapestry Design

A Creative solid-mass design with a geometric closed silhouette/s. The design may contain any degree of abstraction. Emphasis is on plant material by volume with other components optional. As an artist creates a painting or work of art, the designer defines the silhouette/s within the allotted space. This becomes the canvas and the added components become the medium. Design may have some transparent / translucent / diaphanous components. Imaginative design techniques and applications must be used such as pillowing, pave, color blocking, bunching, weaving, etc.

Underwater Design

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American Abstract Creative Design

Abstract Creative Design

A Creative Design in which the selection, treatment and manner of organization of plant materials and other components are chosen in order to contribute toward a non-realistic, non-naturalistic, and non representational design. The components are selected solely for their elemental qualities. Interest is to equated over the entire design, and clarity of expression is important. Not all components need be abstracted, though a dominance of abstraction must exist.

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A three-dimensional Abstract Creative Design, consisting of a combination of "found," disparate objects and plant material. "Found" objects are non-art objects, not made or manufactured for decorative purposes. They may be painted, but should remain recognizable and not contrived. "Disparate objects" refer to unlike objects that have never had a prior use together. Though objects are considered non-art and previously unrelated, the designer creatively relates them through their compatible elemental qualities of line, form, color and texture. In order to be disparate from one another and satisfy the term "assemblage," objects must dominate and there should be three or more different objects. Plant material enhances.

Petite Design

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