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Ellerslie Floral Art Exhibit Inspired By Poem

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Ellerslie Floral Art Exhibit Inspired By Poem

Christchurch floral designer Marjolein Chow began designing her floral art exhibit for this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show by writing a poem about her four-year-old daughter Aime.

"I wrote the poem and then based my whole design around it," she says.

Trained as a floral designer in Holland, Marjolein was researching the theme for this year's floral art exhibits - A Moment in Time - on the internet to find out what the theme meant to other people when she was touched by a poem, entitled a Moment in Time Now Gone by a father whose son had died of cancer.

"For most people a moment in time is something quite personal. The poem by the father started me thinking about my own two young daughters, and in particular, my eldest daughter Aime who will start school this year.

"My exhibit reflects on the moments in time which have now gone with my baby girl having grown up and about to start school."

Central to the exhibit is a bassinet, made from metal, which will be woven with flax and festooned with feathers, beads, ribbons, chiffon and flowers.

Baby's clothing, footwear and ABC building blocks will decorate a baby's room, everything being woven with flax and flowers including roses, anthuriums, calla lilies and succulents, mainly in soft baby-coloured shades of pink, white and turquoise.

The whole exhibit will be framed as if viewing the exhibit through a mirror.

Marjolein, whose business MK Design specialises in floral designs for weddings, events and special occasions, says Ellerslie is her greatest challenge.

"I have already spent numerous hours designing the exhibit and working on the concepts for the various components which keep evolving as I explore different ideas.

"It is exciting to be working on a project that gives you the freedom to experiment with new design ideas while also extending your skills. It is a great challenge."

Marjolein's poem which has inspired her design is:

A Moment in Time

If only I could look through a mirror And see that one moment in time Seeing my little baby's room I remember when she was first born A moment in time now gone Having a look at her gorgeous bassinet And seeing her little clothes A moment in time now gone Touching her little toys She so loved playing with A moment in time now gone Hearing her soft baby cry Smelling how beautiful newborn babies smell A moment in time now gone Now my baby girl Will start school soon A moment in time which is now

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