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Annual Floriade exhibit opens
CIT floristry students Kate
Iamsumang, far left, and
Jennifer Hall, left, at the launch
of Art of Flowers at the
Picture: Elesa Lee
WITH Floriade just days away, floral fanatics
can indulge in a little taste of what's on
offer with the Art of Flowers at the Canberra
The Art of Flowers was a partnership
with CIT Certificate III Floristry students who
used their skills to recreate this season's
fashion trends. Using thousands of flowers
and leaves, the students created floral
clothing to complement Canberra Centre's
spring Art of Fashion theme.
On display to the public, the designs are
shown on a massive catwalk on the sky-lit
glassed floors surrounded by a sweet
Floristry teacher Gina Kromar said the
students were given a brief by the Canberra
Centre to be a part of their Fashion Spring
"Then we had to recreate those
garments with petals, foliages or botanical
material," she said.
The process of creating the pieces was
extensive and time consuming, but Ms
Kromar said it was worth it because it was
a marvellous accolade for the students to
have their work on show to the public.
"It's a great thing for the students as
well to be a part of that," she said.
Kate Iamsumang and Jennifer Hall were
two students who were thrilled to take part
in the annual event.
Ms Hall said she took up floristry
because the artistic elements of the course
appealed to her.
"I was looking for a creative outlet and
it's really a visual art to me," she said.
Canberra Centre gave the students a
brief of what they wanted and Ms Hall used
red violas, pink hyacinth and white
agapanthus to create her outfit.
"Mine's flirty florals in the '70s," she
said.Other themes included '60s screen
siren, punk rock and white minimalism.
Ms Iamsuman's theme was yellow in the
'80s. She said her design took a long time
to complete and involved extensive wire
The display will be exhibited until
September 18 on Level 1, Canberra Centre.
Now in its ninth year, the annual exhibition
is commissioned and sponsored by
Canberra Centre in association with
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