The First Annual Canada Blooms Floral Artist of the Year presented by Jennifer Harvey took place on March 15th 2019 (Canada Blooms’ Floral Day) at the Enercare Centre in Toronto.
The competition featured 12 contestants who were given four hours to complete a design based on a theme and floral material given onsite.
The event was hosted by Jennifer Harvey and Neville Mackay. Awards were given out at the Floral Awards Ceremony on Friday evening.
||Jennifer Harvey CAFA CFD is an award winning, internationally recognized and certified floral and event designer who has been in the industry across North American and the UK for 16 years, managing shops, free lancing, designing for prominent political figures, celebrities and royalty, event planning and designing, and working with some of the most prestigious names in the industry such as Preston Bailey. Jennifer’s work has been Published in several Industry Books and Magazines such as WedLux, Canadian Florist Magazine, Elegant Weddings, House and Home and She was named as top 10 Canadian Floral designers Under 40. Jennifer is Known for her creative Style, energetic nature, and Always Over delivering on every Project she works on, Making her known as the Wedding Specialist who can create anything you dream.|
|NEVILLE MACKAY||Affectionately referred to as “That Bloomin’ Neville!”, Neville MacKay is a highly talented retailer and floral designer who is well known throughout the Canadian retail industry for his creative flare, quality workmanship and entertaining personality.Neville’s caught the attention of many media outlets as a rare find in the retail world! He has appeared as an expert and entertainer on many national TV and radio talk shows across the country including appearances on CTV, CBC, HGTV, WTN, and is a frequent guest on the Maritimes CTV network where he owns and operates a cutting-edge floral and retail gift shop (My Mother’s Bloomers) in an upscale Halifax location.|
||Bruno grew up surrounded by flowers on his family’s farm in Madeira. Much like his Belgian contemporaries, his approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending organic materials and found objects together to create works of art. When he’s not at his studio, Bruno can be found creating arrangements in front of a live audience in many places in the USA, Northern Ireland and the UK. He frequently appears on local and national television programs, and gives floral demonstrations at Home and Garden shows and recently at a tradeshow for Sony cameras where he created floral headpieces and accessories.|
|DERRICK HARRY FOSS
|Designer, teacher and mentor –Derrick has designed for royalty, heads of state, and celebrities with the same flair he used in consultations at many of Toronto’s finest floral shops and event studios.
his works attract high acclaim for being integral to the setting and not merely a backdrop. in recent years, his skills have been put to use travelling the world consulting on product selection and styles seen in the market places of Canada and the USA. often referred to as a cross between Dame Edna and Simon Cowell –his wit, humour, and affable manner has kept Foss in demand; and his two chihuahuas –daisy and rose keep him grounded and well amused!
|TRUDY GRANTHAM||Trudy is a member of The Garden Club of Toronto and has participated in Floral Design and Horticultural competitions since 1988.
She won the privilege of doing the Honorary Exhibit for Canada at the WAFA Show in Ireland in 2014. WAFA is the World Association of Floral Artists. The show is held every three years in different member countries. She has competed in four shows. She also represented Canada at Canada Blooms in the International Competition.She became a Floral Design Judge in 1996 and a Horticultural Judge in 1999. She has done educational demonstrations to students at the judges school as well as teaching at my own club.
|I started in the industry in 1990 as a 17 year old high school co-op student in Peterborough. I decided to move to Ottawa and take the 1993 Algonquin College Florist program, graduating top of my class in 1994, during that time met and began working with the great Gerry Arial AIFD, owner of The Silver Rose. I continued to my education with Flowers Canada, completing the design portion of their program, receiving my C.A.F.D. (Canadian Accredited Floral Designer designation). I competed in CAFA photo design contests, winning the 2006 “Christmas Present” category & winning the 2008 “Passion” category. I competed April 2018 in the Fleurs de Villes Mannequin Series Ottawa Showcase, winning “Most Original”. Aug 2018, I started my own company, Floral Envy Inc. and was recently chosen as the winner of the Faces Ottawa Magazine, 2019 Favourite Florist.|
|LUCIA ANA D. HOLZAPFEL
|A self taught artist/painter and a Floral designer, a recent member of CAFA has a unique style for creating pieces of art. Her works speak of bold colours, harmony, and texture. She is a well accomplished registered nurse from the Philippines and gained local and international medical experiences from various critical care units. Flowers change her path after she took a floral course in Burlington Art Center by accident. Thru the encouragement of her classmates she pursues her passion and creativity and takes it to the next level from CIFD. The travel experiences and diversity of cultural background that she acquired have a huge influence in her art works. She is working now as a freelance designer specialized in both events and retail for the shop promotion. “Being passionate in what we do is the key for creating a great piece of art”.|
||Floral Designer with a good experience in floral design, art direction for public or private events
Has a serious capacity in artistic direction with team
||Rosemary has been a member of the Garden Club of Toronto since 2008. She is an experienced teacher of floral design and enjoys sharing her passion for floral art.
Rosemary is an accomplished designer with her work appearing in two international publications. She has competed in Canada and internationally and has been recognized with numerous awards.
Rosemary is also an accredited Floral Design Judge
||After graduation from Novosibirsk College of Arts (Novosibirsk, Russia) in 1997 Sveta began her professional career as a professional floral designer. She has enhanced her knowledge and keeps up-to-date through regular participation in the seminars of the leading masters in Germany, Belgian etc.|
||Garrett Skupinski CF, is an internationally recognized designer as a Floral Fundamentals Ambassador along with winning many design awards internationally. His love for high couture experimental design styles, unique large scale displays and international design techniques is evident in his work. Garrett’s passion for floral education and design has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, and multiple countries in Europe learning, teaching and designing|