2 March 2023
'The Designer's Mind' by Mark Entwhistle
The first Thursday in March was somewhat wintery even though it was officially the beginning of Spring. However, inside Clophill Village Hall it was warm and cosy as a full room welcomed Mark Entwhistle who had travelled from Cheshire to entertain us with his demonstration entitled ‘ The Designer’s Mind’.
His aim was to let us into the secrets of exciting work with plant material and he certainly enlightened us with his innovative designs.
Mark started with a black circular stand and a piece of driftwood. Into a block of black florists foam affixed to the frame he placed bold leaves eg. Palm and Molucella to give clear vertical lines, cream Anthuriums and white orchids completed the arrangement.
For his next design Mark had dismantled a modern wire Christmas tree and used the parts to create wavy structures to support the plant material. In shades of pink and mauve he had Antirrhinums, mini Gerbera , Calla lilies and painted Grevillea.
This showed how to adapt and reuse.
Reducing the quantity of floral foam used is important to our planet so an arrangement using glass jars for the plant material proved a good alternative. The jars were placed in a wooden trough and natural looking material, such as, Birch twigs, Clematis, Astilbe and Ammi were used. The result was a delight.
In all Mark produced six innovative arrangements and let us into a number of his secrets. So, at the end of a most enjoyable and informative evening the colourful stage made us feel that Spring was indeed here.
We meet on the first Thursday of each month and visitors are very welcome. However, please note in view of Easter our next meeting is on 13 April at Clophill Village Hall, starting promptly at 1930.