Symphony of Flowers- Part 5

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Gentle as Silence by the Past President of the Wessex and Jersey Area of NAFAS, Mavis Meachen. This was one of the installations that I loved the idea of, but wasn’t struck by the execution. Representing a kneeler cushion, I thought this could be beautiful but I couldn’t help feeling that the colours were all out. This gorgeous chapel is the Holy Sepulchre Chapel, and has an incredible embroidered altar cloth that perfectly replicates the colour palette of the wall paintings. That is where this installation grates with me- the chapel is full of subtle colours but they are all warm in tone. The kneeler has the right idea with muted tones, but for me they are too cool in tone and don’t sit quite right. To give the designer credit, this is a very difficult space to work within as it has an atmosphere that is hard to match. What do you think?

Part five in a ten part series documenting the Symphony of Flowers at Winchester Cathedral.

Symphony of Flowers- Part 1

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Two arrangements in the Nave of the Cathedral- Symphony (the arches) by Alton, Curdridge and Petersfield Evening flower clubs and Interlude (The large domed arrangements) by Fordingbridge, Wellow, Hordle and Salisbury flower clubs.

Part one in a ten part series documenting the Symphony of Flowers at Winchester Cathedral.

A Symphony of Flowers- Introduction


Earlier in June, Winchester Cathedral played host to a magnificent Floral installation. Flower Arrangement societies from across the South came together to invade the majesty of the church and complement it with their creations. I was expecting to be impressed before I visited, but I was totally blown away and have far too many photographs to prove it. This is the prelude to a ten part photographic series of my favourite installations, and by way of introduction, I will set the scene with a few of my favourite photographs of the cathedral itself.


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Look out for daily posts from 1st to 10th July, but I think you will agree that the Cathedral is a truly magnificent setting for such an exhibition. A quick disclaimer though- my photographs do not do the installations justice- they were absolutely unbelievable.