Read the show schedule document, both front and back.
Decide which sections you are eligible to enter and what design’s you wish to enter.
Check the allocated space. It is usual practice to occupy approx. 2/3 of this space.
Check the staging time allowed, the staging cut-off time and if you have allowed enough time to complete and stage your designs, (consider traffic, parking)
Check what steps you need to take to execute your designs – what do you do at home and what do you do in situ – have you allowed enough time to execute your designs well
Check if you have considered the Principles and Elements of design in your planning as this is the basis of all judging. Refer to pages 11-16 of the AFAA Manual
Ascertain if your flowers will be at the best ‘openness’ stage for your design
Condition the flowers and foliage as per the manual
Check planned transport for the design/s – will they fit in the car, do they need sandbag support, do you need to assemble on site
Do you know who to ask for help/advice on the day
On the day
Check in with the steward for design staging support if necessary
Perform the necessary check-in procedures for entering. (recording book/name cards).
If designing in situ, please use only your designated space
Is my design space debris free.?
Is my design staged (the way it is placed on the table) in a way that shows it off to its highest potential?
At Shows Outside of WAFAS:
As above plus:
Registration with the Show Secretary by the cut-off time as per their Show Schedule.
Check the show schedule, some designs may have to be completed entirely on site, others can be designed in their entirety at home and simply staged on the day.
Staging may not always be optimal (lighting, space allowed, etc.). Be prepared to adapt to a different environment.
Out of consideration for the event organisers, you absolutely must be available at the venue at the specified time to stage, and dismantle your exhibit/s. Should you not be available, please ensure that somebody else will collect your designs on your behalf and on correct time.
Inspiration for design can come from almost anywhere, but please note your designs are to be original and your own work.
No aerosol spray painting is permitted in any venue or surrounds. If it necessary to touch up a part of your exhibit, consider using a texta, eyeshadow, a small pot of water-based paint, etc,
Out of respect for your fellow members, please do not photograph a design under construction.
Once completed, designs may only be moved by the designer or steward with designer’s permission.