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Canada Blooms Floral Artist of The Year Competition & Workshop presented by Jennifer Harvey

Canada Blooms Floral Artist of the Year 2019

Tell Me More About The Floral Artist of the Year Challenge
Tell Me More About The Floral Workshop with Hitomi Gilliam

Reminder: Must purchase ticket on Canada Blooms Ticket Page

Take me to the Floral Artist of the Year Application

Reminder: Must complete application and  purchase entry ticket on Canada Blooms Ticket Page

Floral Artist of the Year

Here is your chance to be ostentatious!

Canada Blooms is excited to be able to introduce the CANADA BLOOMS FLORAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Jennifer Harvey.

Up to 20 floral artists will have the opportunity to participate in a real time,
on the floor, design challenge. Competitors will be given the same materials and a time limit of 4 hours to get as creative as they can.

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Eligibility and Rules

Contest is open to up to 20 floral designers — amateur and professionals, on a first come, first serve basis. Entrants from outside of Canada are welcome. Fee for entry is $150, paid via the Canada Blooms Ticket page. Competition will take place on the Canada Blooms Festival Floor from 10am-2pm. While designing Canada Blooms will be open to the public.
Competitors must sign a release form at registration stating that Canada Blooms has full rights to all images in order to participate.

  • The Theme will be announced the morning of the competition
  • All design materials (hard goods, flora and fauna) will be given in a surprise pack the morning of the competition at your station. Competitors must use a minimum of one of each fresh good item provided in their design.
  • Competitors must bring their own tools to work with. No electricity is provided (no hot glue), cold glue is allowed.
  • Piece must be able to stand alone, securely on a 2 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft (high) set (pillar like). Material may ‘spill off’ or hang down the set.
  • Competitors may not receive any outside coaching.
  • Once design is complete, or time is finished, competitors will place their designs on the designated set for judging. Competitors must then clear the area in order for judging to commence.
  • Competition begins at 10am. Each contestant must arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to start time to register, to be given a table number and work area allotment. Each contestant, at that time, may look at the supplied material but if touched before start time they will be disqualified.
  • There will be a 45 minute, 30 min, 15 min, 5 min, 1 min and 10 second warning.
  • When time is up, competitors place their display on the set with the display number, leave everything and walk away from their piece
  • Work area must be cleaned and table will be removed before judging begins.

Top prize is $1000 cash and title of Canada Blooms Floral Artist of the Year 2020. There are also prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Entrants who participate, may sign up for the Jennifer Harvey Floral Workshop with Hitomi Gilliam on Saturday, March 21 from 10am-3pm (lunch included) at a rate of $375 ($500 for workshop alone,  $250 for non-active participation gallery viewing ).

All Canada Blooms Artist of the Year entrants as well as Floral Alley entrants are invited to the Floral Awards Ceremony in the Wine Lounge, Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to recognize all the winners.

Check Out last year’s competitors

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Floral Workshop with Hitomi Gilliam

Come be inspired and engaged by the Tropical Nouveau Movement in Flora Design

This exciting new trend in design is sweeping the globe becoming popular in every section of the Floral industry from weddings and event work to everyday customer requests. Learn how to infuse Temperate Floral and Fauna with Bold Tropical texture and elegance with award winning designer Hitomi Gilliam.

Fee: $375, includes instruction, materials and lunch.
Space is limited. Visit our ticket page to register.

Gallery Viewing Only

Seats are available for people who wish to learn techniques and engage with the instructor, however designing with products (fresh or hard goods) will not be provided. This is a great option for those travelling across the boarder or from far distances and cannot take home fresh products but who wold like to learn and be inspired by these new design techniques. In class instruction and visual learning materials are available for these ticket holders.

Fee: $125, includes instruction and lunch (no materials are provided).
Space is limited. Visit our ticket page to register.

Hitomi Gilliam AIFD Hitomi’s biggest pleasure in life is ‘SHARING EVERYTHING I KNOW’!

Hitomi Gilliam AIFD is a Japanese Canadian floral artist, keynote lecturer, demonstrator, educator and a consultant in all aspects of the Art and Business of Floral Design. She is the Creative Director for DESIGN358 (2008). She has guest-designed extensively throughout North America, England, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Bermuda, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Belgium, Korea and India.

She owned and operated Satsuki’s Florist in Mission, British Columbia for 28 years. She currently works with her son, Colin Gilliam in an Event & Education business, DESIGN358 which was established 8 years ago.

Hitomi has lectured at Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Chicago Botanical Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens (Nashville), Museum of Fine Art Boston, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Bouquets to Art (San Francisco), Houston Museum of Fine Art, New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Honolulu Academy of Art, Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore), Longwood Gardens, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens (Richmond,VA), Detroit Institute of Arts, Vero Beach Museum of Fine Arts, The Strong Museum (Rochester, NY), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh, NC) and Columbus Museum of Fine Art. She has also presented at the Philadelphia Flower Show, Newport Flower Show and Singapore Garden Festival.



Contact: Jennifer Harvey



Go to Canada Blooms Ticket Page to pay fee and complete your registration.

Check out last year’s competitors


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