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Demonstrators Profiles

Derek Armstrong

derekarmstrong2Derek Armstrong originally trained as a chef, but has been a florist, trading in Carlisle, for over 30 years. He has been a member of Interflora for the majority of that time. He lives in the nearby town of Penrith, on the end of the Lake District, still enjoying the challenges that flowers bring to a very busy schedule.
He has worked in Japan, USA, Ireland and all over the UK. Derek was one of the honoured demonstrators at the WAFA (World Association of Flower Arrangers) Show in Glasgow in 2002.
Also working with BBC and ITV on documentaries and period dramas, for example The Lady in Black, The Lakes by Jimmy McGovern and The History of Food. He was also part of the Interflora team that presented the Road Shows in 2003 with an open air concert at Knebworth for 15,000 people.
He still plays a very active part in the floral industry, assisting with photographic work, consultancy work for various companies and creating several events throughout the country for weddings and other special occasions.

 

 

Jonathan Moseley Nov 2014

Jonathan Moseley

Jonathan works as a freelance floral designer, based in Derbyshire. The world of flowers is a passion for him and he employs his love of nature and his garden as a focus for many of his designs. He has been a National Demonstrator for NAFAS since 1999. His humorous and friendly approach make him one of the UK’s most popular demonstrators, guaranteed to thrill audiences with his amazing displays delivered with speed, efficiency and entertainment. Jonathan is the Floral Expert on BBC2’s The Big Allotment Challenge and designs the annual Florabundance festival at the world renowned Chatsworth House where he also hosts demonstrations and workshops.
For further information visit www.jonathan-moseley.com Follow him on Twitter @jpmoseley and on Facebook

 

 

Tan Strong

tan-strong2Tan has loved flowers from an early age and now really delights in her work as a National Demonstrator, showing her affection and enthusiasm for all flowers and garden plant materials.
She lives in the Chiltern Hills just to the west of London so is ideally placed to travel to all areas throughout the UK and abroad. Always keen to encourage new commers to Floral Art she is currently training to be an Instructor and Adjudicator. At present she is Vice Chairman of the National Demonstrators’ Committee.
She loves the camaraderie of competitive work and has won awards at many RHS and National Shows, including winning a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2010. Tan has been a qualified Area Judge for many years and is currently studying to become a National Judge.
Tan is a National Speaker and her presentations tend to involve her experiences in the restaurant business where she used to work for the world renown Roux Brothers. She was also an airhostess and has many tales to tell of her years flying raound the world.
Tan enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of flowers with others and teaches classes locally, gives workshops and runs day courses from her home.
Her work has been published in The Flower Arranger and other magazines.
For more information please go to www.tanstrong.net

 

Janet James

janetjames3Since qualifying as a National Demonstrator in 1988 Janet has demonstrated in all 21 Areas of NAFAS undertaking many Area events and also demonstrating at the NAFAS Assembly in Durham. She was honoured with performing one of the demonstrations at the National Show in Bournemouth in 2005.
Competitive work has always been a very important part of Janet’s flower arranging year, particularly at the NAFAS National Show where she has twice been Runner Up to Best in Show. She was particularly proud to be part of the South Midlands Area team in 2001 when they won a Gold Medal on behalf of NAFAS at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Janet includes a variety of styles in her demonstrations often on a large scale, using garden plant material wherever possible.
She is also a Demonstrators’ Adjudicator and Instructor and a National Judge.

 

 

Susan Phillips

susan phillipsFrom an early age Susan had connections with flowers and gardening through her parents’ membership of the local horticultural society. Attending meetings of the ‘Floral Art Section’ with her mother gave Susan the aspiration to be a demonstrator for NAFAS.
Demonstrating is her first love and she has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to travel to other parts of the UK and abroad. Living close to the M25 giving easy access to the motorway network across the UK travelling is not a problem, in fact Susan enjoys the chance to visit other scenic areas of the country and to meet like minded NAFAS members.
As a member of the London & Overseas Area of which she is a Past Chairman and Vice President, Susan has been involved in all aspects of Area and Committee work.
Second to demonstrating is the love of competitive work with gold medals at both Chelsea and Hampton Court and a NAFAS Gold Ribbon for gaining three first prizes at consecutive Shows. She has hardly missed the chance to compete and only missed the 2003 National Show at Bournemouth because she was the demonstrator presenting ‘Golden Ripples Across the Pond’ at the Pavilion Theatre. Susan gained her first NAFAS gold spoon at ‘London Pride’ in 1976 and has not lost her winning streak because 30 years on she added to her collection of gold spoons with first prize at Telford National Show 2006.
Currently working part-time doing floristry and contract design work and by combiining the commercial/retail side of flower design with current trends in NAFAS gives a very wide base of experience in all fields. Susan’s presentations give a mix of traditional and contemporary designs and whether arranging for home or a special occasion it should all be ‘stress free’ and most importantly, an element of fun.

 

Lesleysmith2Lesley Smith

Lesley is a florist by trade. In the early 1990’s she joined NAFAS as an Area Demonstrator in the North West Area and is now a National Demonstrator travelling up and down the country and working abroad.
The love of her work has led her to taking part in Area fundraising demonstrations, flower festivals and displays for TV, but the most pleasurable side of her profession is demonstrating and entertaining the audience, none more so than being one of the demonstrators at the NAFAS Members’ Assembly at York in 2006.

 

Jayne Edmonds

jayneedmondsJayne has been a member of NAFAS since 1997. She enjoys travelling to give workshops and demonstrations all over the UK. She is a Teacher and Demonstrator and passed her National Demonstrators’ Test in 2007. She is Chairman of Centrix Contemporary Design Group in the South Midlands Area.
Jayne has always been an artist and many of her designs continue to take their inspiration from decorative modern art. She enjoys competitions and her use of colour has caught the judges’ eye on many occasions. Her exhibit at the National Show Telford in 2006 was awarded the ‘NAFAS Colour Trophy and the ‘WAFA Award’.
Her demonstration titles are : ‘Threaded with Beauty’; ‘Raindrops on Roses’ and ‘Spirit of Christmas’.

 

Andrew Grisewood

Andrew-Grieswood-finalAndrew lives in a small village close to the heart of York and is a National Demonstrator. Andrew qualified in City & Guilds in flower arranging in 1989 and went on to pass his Area Test in 1990 and National Test in 1995.
Andrew’s floral creations come to life in the most unique way that will leave you talking long after. His shows present an aura of sheer opulence, a dazzling show presenting the worlds most beautiful flowers in breath-taking designs, which include the incorporation of Swarovski crystals adorning spectacular containers.
His wealth of top engagements has taken him from National theatre venues through to stately homes and the most luxurious banqueting suites.
His inspiring arrangements take shape magically amidst hilarious stories of his life. Tales that will take you from The Ritz to Tiffany’s, London to New York, afternoon tea with the ladies who lunch and all the stops in between. A glamorous life you will be part of throughout the show.
For any further information and a show preview visit Andrew on his website www.andrewgrisewood.com

 

Dr Christina Curtis

Christine-Curtis-Final(1)Dr. Christina Curtis is a NAFAS National Demonstrator (passed 2002), National Judge (passed 2009) and Area Teacher who lives in Beare Green, near Dorking, Surrey – part of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. She is the J.D.S. & E. Chairman for Surrey and a member of the National Demonstrators’ Committee. Christina is currently training as an Adjudicator (Demonstrating). She passed her City & Guilds Parts 1 & 2 Creative Studies in Flower Arranging in 1993 and 1994 after beginning to arrange in Ashford Horticultural Society in 1991 and joining Staines Flower Arrangement Society. Christina took up Ikebana (Sogetsu) shortly afterwards in order to gain insight into European designing. She has passed the four Student Grade Certificates and has commenced the First Teachers’ Grade.
Christina comes from a background in Plant Sciences with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Botany from Kings College, London and a PhD. in Plant Anatomy from Imperial College, London. As a student she worked closely with academics at the Natural History Museum and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. There is a copy of her thesis in the Library at Kew. At present, Christina is Botanical Consultant for The Flower Arranger Magazine and Flora International Magazine. She regularly contributes to these journals along with Insight and Surrey Area News. She has assisted Judith Blacklock with her books and in 2004 wrote The Handbook of Contemporary Floral Design for NAFAS in association with Daphne and John Vagg.
Christina is in demand as a tutor for contemporary workshops and also tutors Staines Horticultural Floral Art Group, her main Surrey Club. She also belongs to Southern Demonstrators’ Group where she enjoys the hands-on activities and Forest (Horsham) Club in Sussex. Christina was Chairman of Staines Flower Arrangement Society for three years before moving to Beare Green in 2005. Christina has been active creating exhibition pieces over the years in a wide variety of venues including Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew and Wisley Gardens, Denbies Winery and local churches. She is a keen competitor winning many awards at Club, Area and National Level as well as at the World (WAFA) Show in Glasgow. Christina is fascinated by texture and techniques. She loves to incorporate all sorts of different materials into her designs and finds making her containers unique especially rewarding. She also enjoys encouraging arrangers of all levels to further their knowledge in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

 

sandy pictureSandy Bailey

Sandy became an Area demonstrator in 2001, passing her National Demonstrators test first time in 2007. This has led to her attending many NAFAS special events. Sandy has created exciting and fun filled special demonstrations for 17 of the 21 Areas of NAFAS on the occasion of their special Area day and events including ‘The Happening’ in Liverpool.
Sandy tutors many workshops and enjoys using recycled products to create sculptured contemporary designs that have been featured in The Flower Arranger magazine. She is an Area Speaker and is currently training to become a Demonstrators Adjudicator.
Included in the last three years Sandy has spent time as part of the National Demonstrators Committee which has been involved in arranging the National Demonstrators Tests and also helped organise the successful National Demonstrators refresher weekend in 2015.
Sandy is a keen competitor and recently won a prize at the WAFA Show in Dublin