Here is the sheet music that is the inspiration for the ‘Roses in Song’ Arrangement Classes. Look over these beautiful pictures; they are sure to stimulate your creativity. In addition to the arrangement class prizes, we will be holding a prize raffle for just entering the show and another for simply showing up, so come on out and show your support for the Spokane Rose Society.
For the complete rules please consult the 2013 Spokane Rose Show Schedule.
For most of the classes there is a Standard sized rose class and its Miniature counterpart. I have displayed them here with the Standard size in the left column and the Miniature in the right column, so the numbers may not be exactly in order.
Traditional Line Arrangements
Line and Line-Mass Traditional arrangements are “open” forms in which the plant material does not completely fill the geometric form on which the arrangement is based. This year the Line Design for both Standard and Miniature classes requires a Hogarth curve.
|For those of you who are unfamiliar with a Hogarth curve- Don’t Panic! There is an illustration of a Hogarth curve for purposes of rose arrangements to the right. The dotted lines depict the two ovals upon which the Hogarth curve is based. The top oval is larger than the lower one; this is usually a 5:3 ratio in height.
Illustration and information from the article “What is Traditional?” by Kathy Noble in the Rose Arranger’s Bulletin Late Summer/Fall 2010.
|Traditional Line-Mass Arrangements
This year’s Line-Mass arrangement for both Standard and Miniature classes specifies a Crescent shaped arrangement.
|On the right is an illustration of a Crescent shaped line mass arrangement. This is just one example. For more articles and information on Traditional rose arrangements visit How To Create Traditional Rose Arrangements. This illustration is from the same article by Kathy Noble. See the link above.|
|Traditional Mass Arrangements
Traditional Mass arrangements are “closed” geometric forms, completely filled with plant material, and are usually based on the sphere or pyramid. Mass arrangements, therefore, require a great quantity of plant material, usually a minimum of two dozen fresh roses in addition to filler material.
|For more articles and information on Traditional rose arrangements visit this link How To Create Traditional Rose Arrangements|
|Modern/Creative or Abstract Arrangements|
|If you are considering a Modern Creative or Abstract design, a good place to start is the article Modern Design —Free-form or Abstract? by Kathy Noble.
You may also want to pay a visit to our friends and neighbors at the Tri-City Rose Society to view Rose Arranging 101 – Modern Arrangements by Jane Melville, ARS Accredited Arrangement Judge and TCRS Member.
|Arrangements in the Oriental Manner|
|If you would like to try your hand at an arrangement in the Oriental manner you might be interested in this article by Julie A. Matlin, Moribana: An Arrangement “In the Oriental Manner” or the Fall 2011 issue of the Rose Arranger’s Bulletin which contains three articles on Oriental arrangements. Both articles are in PDF format.
By the way, take a look at the Rose of China (Class 14.) The lyrics to this song were written by P.G. Wodehouse, one of the best comedy writers of all time. If you have never read a book by Wodehouse, you’ve been missing out on some fun. Read one of his ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ books, listen to one from Audible, or watch the series available on Netflix starring Hugh Laurie – witty and light British comedy at its best with absolutely nothing serious about it.
|Arrangements in the Oriental Manner in a Tall Container|
|Arrangements in the Oriental Manner in a Low Container Showing Water|
Arrangements with Roses and Rose Foliage Only
As the title indicates, you may only use rose plant material. That means you can use rose hips, rose stems, and rose roots. Be creative here. You can choose your favorite design style, just remember to state it on the entry tag.
|Arrangements with Fresh Roses
and Dried and/or Treated Materials
In this class roses are the only fresh plant material allowed. All other plant material must be fried or treated fresh plant material other than roses. You may select your choice of design style; be sure to state the design style on the entry tag.
All dried arrangements must have dried roses as a dominant factor. Natural dried material may be used, such as dried and/or treated foliage, cones, or pods.
Classes 19 and 20 allow for a broad range of entries: a wreath or plaque; or a door, picture, or wall hanging – with suitable ribbon, or bows if for holiday.
|Classes 21 and 22 simply specify a dried arrangement in a suitable container.|
|This year the Table Class calls for a functional table setting with rose arrangement. For guidance in creating a table class entry consult Let’s Do Tables by Lois Wier with illustrations by Kathy Noble, also available in pdf format here: Let’s Do Tables.Look at the notation on the sheet music for the Miniature class (Class 24.) It was released in a smaller Patriotic War Edition to conserve paper during World War I. The sheet music for both Classes 23 and 24 reflects the longing for a simpler, peaceful time. How would you create a table class that evokes the mood of the era?|
Those of you who attended our July 2011 hands-on corsage-making class taught by Steve Nokes should have no problem with the personal adornment class. Craft your favorite rose boutonniere or corsage and belt out a chorus of “Mother, Pin a Rose on Me.”
|Designer’s Choice Arrangements
Designer’s Choice Arrangements allow the Exhibitor to select a design style or type, but you must state the style/type on your entry tag. All plant material must be fresh and garden grown. Accessories are permitted. Class 26 is open to all, but there are certain limitations on who can enter the remaining classes, so see the Show schedule.
|All of the sheet music displayed here was published so long ago (1920 and earlier) that it is now in the public domain.|