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Welcome to Kilkenny Flower Club, which celebrates 40 years in 2021.

The club is proud to say it has 5 demonstrators and 2 judges.

Enjoy your browse through the site.

NOTE:

Click on the “Page” you want to view on the right hand side i.e. “Demonstrations”

You may click on each photo to enlarge it, click again to zoom in.

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Club meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of the month in our new venue of Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, Kilkenny at 8.00 p.m.     Activities include Demonstrations, Garden Visits, Work Nights, Talks and Quizzes all followed by refreshments and a chance to mingle and chat.

Non-members are always welcome, admission: €10

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NEWS

I’m am sorry to say the planned December meeting has been cancelled because of the Fourth Wave of COVID.

Instead of a Competition we will have a virtual show entitled ‘Festive Elegance’ – An Exhibit.

Please send a photo of your arrangement to : 087-6414038 (by WhatsApp if possible, if not by text)

Closing date will be the 16th December at midnight.

You will then have a beautiful arrangement ready for Christmas.


We were delighted to welcome back Margaret Collins from Carlow recently.  Such colourful and varied arrangements, thank you for a lovely demonstration Margaret.

Go to ‘Demonstrations’ for all the photos.

 

Margaret’s Triangle

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/kilkennyflowerclub

The web address is: http://www.kilkennyflowerclub.ie

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                    The Association of Irish Floral Artists

                                                       &

                         The Munster Agricultural Society

 

‘ODE TO CHRISTMAS’ – 2021 VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS FLORAL ART COMPETITION SCHEDULE

CLASS 1    “CHRISTMAS GLOW”                                  NOVICE

An Exhibit to include candle/candles

Space Allowed: Width 70cm, Depth 60cm.

To be staged against a plain background and photographed from the front.

Artificial Plant Material may be used.

 

 

CLASS 2 “AN ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS TREE”       OPEN

An Exhibit

Space Allowed: Width 80cm, Depth 70cm, Height 106cm.

An Exhibit without the use of floral foam

To be staged against a plain background and photographed from the front.

Artificial plant material may be used.

 

CLASS 3 “SEASONAL SIMPLICITY”                              OPEN

An Exhibit

Space Allowed: Width 80cm, Depth 70cm, Height 106cm.

To be staged against a plain background and photographed from the front.

Artificial Plant Material may be used.

 

CLASS 4 “A SEASON OF ENCHANTMENT”                OPEN

An Exhibit

 Space Allowed: Width 80cm, Depth 70cm, Height 106cm.

 To be staged against a plain background and photographed from the front.

 Artificial plant material may be used.

 

CLASS 5 “EMBELLISHED WITH FLAIR”                       OPEN

An Exhibit – A Card to Feature Plant Material

Space Allowed: Width 20cm, Depth 20cm, Height 25cm.

To be staged against a plain background and photographed from the front.

Artificial plant material may be used.

 

 

REGULATIONS

 

  1. Exhibits to be judged in accordance with the NAFAS Competitions Manual Third Edition 2015
  2. (a) Novice – An exhibitor who has not won a first prize at a major show. A Novice may also enter an Open Class.

(b) Those holding an AOIFA qualification are ineligible to enter the Novice Class.

  1. All exhibits must be the unaided work of the competitor.
  2. Online Entries will open on the 15th November 2021 closing on the 28th November 2021. Online Entries Only – corksummershow.com

Note: Competitors may enter as many classes as they wish but may not stage more than one entry per class.

 

STAGING & RESULTS

Enter class by logging on to the Cork Summer Show Website. Pick your class under Floral Art and you will be asked to attach the photograph.  Only one photograph of your exhibit is required.  A 30cm ruler is to be included in the photograph.

  • In the event of a Pavé or Tapestry please submit an aerial photograph.
  • Each competitor’s exhibit will be allocated a number and forwarded to the Judges.
  • Results will be announced weekend of the 4th December 2021 (updates on AOIFA web site & Faebook)
  • Entry €5 per Entry

 

QUERIES

 

Nicola Desmond, Floral Art Chairperson, 086 8515371 (after 6pm) or email nicola.desmond74@gmail.com

 

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irishtv attended a meeting of Kilkenny Flower Club and made a recording. Here is the link:

http://www.irishtv.ie/kilkenny-matters-97

You might have to put in a search for Kilkenny Flower Club in the search box though.


 Tips for Photographing Floral Art – with thanks to Chrissie Harten, NAFAS

· Try to photograph the exhibit against a plain or un-fussy background. (You could use a drape behind the exhibit to help cut out any unwanted objects, but be sure to iron it first to remove any creases.)

· Try to photograph in natural light, which produces the best colour balance. Different light sources will produce different colour effects. If your camera lens has the ability, choose a setting which matches your light source (e.g. tungsten, fluorescent, etc.)

· Use a tripod if possible for the sharpest image, but if you don’t have one, the back of a chair or something similar will help to support and keep your camera steady.

· Observe closely what is behind or next to the exhibit and be sure to remove any objects which detract from it.

· Remove any debris from the base of the exhibit such as fallen leaves or petals.

· Don’t photograph against a strong light source (such as a window) as this will make your photo too dark unless your camera has the ability to change your settings to compensate.

· Try not to use a flash. This creates strong shadows and a colour change which detracts from the exhibit. If your camera is set on auto flash and you don’t have a choice, hold a white card just below the flash to deflect it upwards and soften the light, or tape some tissue paper over it.

· Stand directly in front of the exhibit and bend slightly so that your lens is level with the centre of the exhibit and you can clearly see most of the container. Don’t take the photo from above (unless it is obviously meant to be viewed from above e.g. aerial photograph)

· Zoom in to the exhibit to cut out as much background as possible, whilst still leaving a reasonable amount of space around it. (Make sure that you don’t zoom in too much and cut off part of the exhibit.)

· Be sure you are focusing on the exhibit, and not the background.

· View the photograph when you have taken it and crop any unwanted parts. Most modern computers, tablets and phones have a photo app already installed with a crop feature.

· If you are taking your photograph for an online competition, make sure you are emailing it at full size. Many email applications will automatically send at small size and lower resolution to make it quicker and use less data, but this will affect the quality of your photo so select “full size” or “original size”.

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https://sites.google.com/site/aoifaireland/

Here is another terrific video from Eva – a triangle. Thanks to Rob for filming and editing too. (Two more videos lower down the page)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo1d-ed6iKY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QNfYH720&feature=share

Another lovely lesson from Eva.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw5QNfYH720&feature=share

Thanks very much Eva, it’s a beautiful lesson. Inspirational.

It will encourage people to get out in the garden and do a nice arrangement for Easter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKvSZIsjqbE

Guidelines for Competitors

Thanks very much to Helen Dooley (judge) for the guidelines, look at ‘competition tips’

This will be a great help to competitors with their exhibits.

Flower and Gardening Classes

Flower Arranging Classes at The Green House, Darver House Nursery 

For full details of all classes: 

Contact Eva at 086 – 8072040

email: evadarver@yahoo.ie

Website: www.darverhousenursery.com

or

https://www.facebook.com/eva.holmes.5

Web Sites:

A.O.I.F.A.  https://sites.google.com/site/aoifaireland/

‘Flowers by Lucy’ Kilkenny & Waterford: https://www.flowersbylucy.ie

https://www.facebook.com/Flowers-By-Lucy

Blackwater Floral Accessories: http://www.floralaccessories.com

https://www.facebook.com/kilkennyflowerclub

https://www.facebook.com/Waterfordandtramoreflowerclub/

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