Kirkwall Flower Arrangement Club
St. Magnus Fair 2007
Inspiration leads to
creativity. members of the Kirkwall Flower Arrangement Club share with you
their own individual sources of inspiration and demonstrate how these have
inspired them to create these displays of floral art.
Inspired by a Flower —
The Carnation For the most part,
carnations express love, fascination and distinction. Light red
carnations represent admiration, while dark red denote deep love and
affection. White carnations indicate pure love and green are for St
Patrick’s Day. According to a Christian legend, carnations first
appeared on earth as Jesus carried the Cross. The Virgin Mary shed tears
at Jesus’ plight and carnations sprang up from where her tears fell.
Thus the pink carnation became the emblem of Mother’s Day.
Inspired by Charles Rennie
Mackintosh 1868-1929 Charles Rennie
Mackintosh, architect, designer and artist is celebrated around the
world as one of the most creative figures of the early 20th century. Few
designers can claim to have created a unique and individual design that
is instantly recognisable.
Inspired by Delft Pottery
This tin-glazed earthenware originated in
Delft in the Netherlands around 1600, typically with blue decoration on
a white background. I enjoy the fresh, clean lines of the blue and white
tiles and tableware in my kitchen and often do flowers to match.
Inspired by Feelings of Love From
birth and all through our lives, Love is the essence of life and makes
the world go round.
Inspired by Images of Africa
Africa is a continent of many countries
and contrasts — from deserts to rainforest, from vast plains to
magnificent mountain ranges, from great wealth to extreme poverty. The
images of Africa depicted here draw on the colours of Africa for
inspiration. Picture sun-baked earth in tones of russet, red
and ochre, amazing flowers in brilliant hues, the colourful fabrics and
adornments of traditional dress and everywhere the evidence of an
ancient and proud culture.
Inspired by Music —
The nickname for the popular Piano
Sonata by Beethoven came from the remark of a critic that the first
movement reminded him of “moonlight on Lake Lucerne”.
Inspired by Nature
Many birds fly
around the world for their annual migration, then make the return
journey to their breeding grounds. From the barren ground of winter new
life springs into growth. The beautiful butterfly emerges from the plain
Inspired by Painting Orkney’s
Landscape Inspired by the Orkney landscape and local artist Jane Glue,
watercolour painting has become a hobby for me. Surrounded by the beauty
of Orkney’s landscape, painting is a great way to enjoy it and Jane has
helped me achieve this. The changing moods of the weather and the
vibrant colours of Orkney’s sunsets are a wonderful sight to see.
Inspired by Spires
builders created churches with huge spires pointing heavenward.
George Mackay Brown in his poem “The Kirk and the Ship” wrote
"And the kirk grew, like a lovely ship
Freighted with psalm and
ceremony, blissward blown….”
Inspired by The Orient
“Orient” is derived from the Latin word “oriens” meaning “east”, and
traditionally “The Orient” referred to the cultures and countries of
what are now considered the “Middle East”. However, as awareness of
these countries grew in the 19th century the term came to refer to
China, Japan, Korea and the surrounding nations. Not only is there
inspiration from the flowers, designs and materials of “The Orient”, the
colours and foods also contribute to the rich tapestry it portrays.
Inspired by The Family
We were a strange little band of
characters trudging our way through life, sharing sickness and
toothpaste, coveting one another’s treats, hiding books and toys,
borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain
and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending
and trying to figure out the common thread that bonds us all together.
(Based on a quotation from Erma Bombeck)
Inspired by the Poem “Warning” by Jenny
“When I am an old woman I shall wear
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and
doesn’t suit me,
And I shall spend my pension on
brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no
money for butter….”
This was the favourite poem of a
dear friend, who at the age of 90 still enjoyed and lived life to the full
and loved reciting this poem on many occasions — an inspiration to all.
Inspired by The Rainbow
The rainbow has inspired dreams of
beauty and wealth in mankind since the dawn of time.
Inspired by The Seashore
“The shore dweller has
companionship with the free world of nature. There is always life and
movement, birds flying about, waves breaking, salt winds blowing, an
occasional seal in the bay, sea pinks and other flowers giving colour to
the foreshore.” (Robert Rendall)
Inspired by The Sky at Sunset
after the sun has set the sky glows with an ever changing array of
colour from fiery red and orange to pale peach, pink and violet. Fingers
of drifting cloud and reflected light contribute to a stunning display
lasting late into the evening.
Inspired by Water
Rain falls on
mountains and hills forming waterfalls and streams. Gathered into
reservoirs it flows through a network of underground pipes into our
homes, thus allowing us to have a shower, enjoy a cup of tea and water
our gardens. Where would we be without it?
Inspired by Wood An
everyday commodity which we take for granted, wood is so much a part
of our homes and work places that we often overlook its beauty. Its
many textures and colours all add to its charm. It is in these many
forms that we enjoy this amazing material.